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Cllr Martin Greig

Martin is Chair of the Holburn West Community Group and Chair and Founding Trustee of the Great Western Community Trust. Martin has been an elected member of Aberdeen City Council since 2003. He represents the Hazlehead area and the west end. He is currently the Convener of the Council's Education and Children's Services Committee and is the Council spokesperson on culture. 

Hamish Mitchell

Hamish was a member of the Holburn West Community Group and a Founding Trustee of the Great Western Community Trust. A retired solicitor, Hamish was educated at Robert Gordon’s College and then graduated M.A., LLB from Aberdeen University and then spent his legal career in private practice in Aberdeen. During his time as a solicitor, Hamish had experience in the establishment of local charitable organisations.  He had every confidence in the abilities and professionalism of his fellow Trustees. Hamish passed away in June 2023.

 Leila Turner-Smith

Leila is a member of the Holburn West Community Group and a Founding Trustee of the Great Western Community Trust. Leila is a Senior Data Scientist at EY (Ernst & Young) and has worked in finance for over 13 years. Leila was born in London to an English father and a mixed Italian, Chinese & Vietnamese mother, and spent her childhood growing up in South East Asia. Coming from an international backgroud, Leila believes that diversity is important in today’s world because it helps us learn from each other and understand that everyone is unique and special in their own way. Leila started her finance career working for offshore drilling company Schlumberger where she spent a lot of time commuting between UK, France, Italy & Norway. Leila left Schlumberger to work for EY in 2015. Leila is a Community Councillor and Chair for Ashley & Broomhill Community Council and an associate member of Queen's Cross & Harlaw Community Council.

Gordon Fettes

Gordon is a Founding Trustee of the Great Western Community Trust.  He graduated from Paisley College in 1982 with a BSc in Land Economics, and graduated as a Chartered Surveyor in 1984. He obtained my Fellowship of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1990 ( FRICS ) and graduated with a Post graduate diploma in Property Investment through the College of Estate Management at Reading University in 1990.  He was an Equity Partner, Director and Consultant for two firms of Chartered Surveyor's over 20 years. He also worked for a few years with Aberdeenshire Council and laterally with a large National firm of Chartered Surveyors dealing with Commercial property Business Rating Appeals.  He has extensive experience as a Property Agent in the purchasing/selling and leasing of Commercial property in Aberdeen/North East of Scotland for many Private Company and Oil Company Clients. 

Gill Redman

Gill Redman is a member of the Holburn West Community Group and is a Trustee of the Great Western Community Trust. Gill has been a user of Holburn West Church buildings for over 30 years, through social groups such as parent & child and the tennis club, as well as through a variety of church worship communities. Gill has a Chemical Engineering degree and was initially brought to Aberdeen by the oil industry. In 2003, she took a PGCE at Northern College and, for the past two decades, has been a primary school teacher at Drumoak School. All the Redman family have strong connections to the church buildings due to the many social and community events they have attended and organised there over the years.

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Professor Greg Gordon

Prof Gordon is a Trustee of the Great Western Community Trust. Prof Gordon joined the School of Law at Aberdeen University as a lecturer in 2004 after a period working in Aberdeen and London as a solicitor specialising in litigation, primarily in the oil and gas sector. He became a senior lecturer in 2011 and Professor Law in 2019.  He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prof Gordon is the Head of School.  He previously served as Deputy Head of School and as the Co-Director for Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law.

Prof Gordon’s principal teaching and research interests are in energy law (particularly upstream oil and gas law), delict/tort and commercial contracting. 

Prof Gordon is an editorial board member of the Stair Memorial Encyclopedia, a Board member of SULI and a Trustee of the TB Smith Memorial Trust. 


James G.R. Campbell is the Great Western Community Trust’s Consultant on all things musical and Curator of the Centre’s musical instruments. James has a long background in both curating and consulting having been at one point a museum curator and at various other points a consultant to various groups and organisations. James grew up in the northern Highlands but moved to Aberdeen to read Divinity in 2017. Shortly after this, he became the Organist and Choirmaster at Holburn West Parish Church – a role he loved until he left to go into the ministry in 2022.  

Although he would describe himself as a theologian, James has been a very active musician for more than 20 years. He is a member of the Royal College of Organist and the Royal School of Church Music as well as a Member of the Association of British Choral Directors and holds a Licentiate of the Guild of Musicians and Singers.  His current research area is a theology of congregational singing and ties his twin passions together. 

Other hobbies include researching historic organs and their builders (having begun a project on the Hamilton dynasty of Edinburgh organ builders in 2015); photography, and finding new and interesting cafes to recover in after a good long walk. 

James G.R. Campbell

The team are fortunate to have had assistance from many people. We would like to give a special thanks to:

Rev Duncan Eddie
Minister of Fountainhall Church &
Former Minister of
Holburn West Church

Norman Brown
Former Treasurer of Holburn West Church

Sandy Gallagher
Former Property Convener of  
Holburn West Church

Former Holburn West Church Fabric Committee

Former Holburn West Church Congregation

Dr George S Stevenson

Ashley & Broomhill Community Council

Queen's Cross & Harlaw Community Council

Elyn Zhang
Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Sandy Mathers

Claire Shaw

Colin Duff
SKS Scotland

Katie Barnwell
Scottish Land Fund

Jamie Gilmour
MGA Architecture

David Chouman
David Chouman Architect Ltd

Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace
for the excellent provision of professional legal services

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