The Trustees of the City of Dundee Burgess Charity
(Scottish Charity Number SC 042252)
In 1972 on the event of her marriage to Alastair, Vivien was ‘retired’ as a sub-editor of Children’s Papers, Bimbo and Twinkle - DC Thomson in those days did not employ married women in editorial!! As then a lady of leisure, Vivien took positions as President of Cancer Research, Dundee, President of RSSPC, President of Broughty Ferry and Blairgowrie Curling Clubs, and match secretary of the former and President of Dundee High School Old Girls Club. In the ’90s Vivien started her own flower-arranging business, “Flowers by Florence” followed by ten years as a Customer Advisor in Marks and Spencer.
Vivien is presently on the House Committee of St Rule Club, St Andrews, a member of Broughty Gala Committee and is passionate about her new role as an Independent Prison Monitor assigned to HMP Castle Huntly. Over the past 44 years Vivien has raised money for McMillan Nurses, Literacy Boxes for Zambia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Parkinsons’ Trust, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, E.B. and Dundee Heritage Trust by hosting lunches, tea parties, and bridge dinners in her own home and garden. Vivien has been twice President of The Inner Wheel Club of Dundee.
Recently, for Broughty Gala Committee, she organised a fashion show incorporating ten boutiques in Broughty Ferry which raised £1000 for the YMCA’s 150th anniversary. Golf, bridge and open-water swimming are Vivien’s hobbies.
Laura McDowall (Secretary)
Laura was born in Dundee and attended Ancrum Road primary school and then Harris Academy. She attended Dundee University for both her undergraduate degree in Law and postgraduate diploma in Professional Legal Practice. Laura started as a trainee solicitor with local law firm Blackadders LLP in 2006. She is now a Partner in the Private Client Division of Blackadders.
Laura is passionate about the development and promotion of Dundee. She is secretary to the City of Dundee Burgesses and local children’s charity Help for Kids.
Lord Provost Ian Borthwick (Chair)
Born in Dundee, Gary Langlands is Managing Director of Vision Sound and Light.
He started his career at D.C. Thomson in the photo process department before he joined Wavin Plastics then Johnson & Johnson as a sales executive and progressed through the ranks to leading their National Accounts Team then joined Bongrain SA, as its Sales & Marketing Director in the UK. Prior to returning to Scotland Gary worked in the manufacturing and packaging industries with Mono Containers and latterly, PLM, now Rexam Glass based in Barnsley.
Gary was appointed Managing Director of Aberdeen manufacturing company ACW and has also spent time as Sales & Marketing Director for Wallace Cameron and has held a Senior Global Marketing responsibility with NCR, the UK and US based ATM manufacturer.
Prior to setting up Vision Sound and Light (VSL) in Dundee in 2003, Gary was Marketing Director with McMillan UK.
Gary was founding and first President of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce and is currently on the Board of Management of Dundee & Angus College, a committee member of Dundee Alexandria Twinning association and is involved in a number of charity organisations.
Gary is married to Roz and lives in Dundee.
Dr Alastair R Ross
Dr Alastair R Ross Artist, Royal Scottish Academician, retired lecturer in Fine Art, Dundee University.
Fellow and past Vice-President of Royal Society of British Sculptors. Former member of Council British School at Rome. Commander Order of St John, member since 1979, (Angus and Dundee branch). Member Admiral Duncan Camperdown Trust. Vice-President Scottish Artists’ Benevolent Association. Hon Doctorate Abertay University.
Work represented in public and private collections worldwide (including Dundee McManus, Dundee City Chambers, Abertay University, St Andrews University and Perth Art Gallery).
For a considerable number of years Alastair has been a member of both the Bonnetmaker Craft and the Dyer Craft of the City.
In 1999 he was accorded the honour of a Personal Civic Reception in the City Chambers in recognition of his contribution to the Visual Arts and art education internationally and in particular to the City of Dundee.
Alastair is delighted to be a Trustee of the City of Dundee Burgess Charity and looks forward to continuing to contribute to the promotion of both the Charity and the City.
Elaine Milne was born in Dundee and lived and worked in England for many years before returning home in 2005. Since then she has built two successful businesses as a Financial Adviser and Estate Planner.
Her membership of the global financial services organisation, Million Dollar Round Table, which represents the top 3% of Financial Advisers in the world and has it’s own Charitable Foundation, which Elaine is heavily involved with, has enabled her to travel extensively and considerably broaden her experiences and she is keen to transfer this knowledge to more local endeavours.
Elaine is involved with the Pilotlight organisation and has served as a business mentor for a youth charity in Paisley, which she found to be immensely enjoyable and worthwhile.
She also supports local young show-jumper Kirsten Macpherson in her career development by sponsoring her through her Financial Services business and has purchased a horse for her exclusive use, thoroughly enjoying the experience of sharing in Kirsten’s successes.
Elaine is a firm believer in giving back and using her own experiences to help and assist others and is delighted to have been appointed to the Board of Trustees for the City of Dundee Burgess Charity. She hopes that her input and involvement can help promote the city and make a difference to many deserving people and local causes.
John Ross Letford, MBE
John was born in Aberdeen and moved to Dundee in 1943. John served as Lord Provost of Dundee for eleven years and was also a councillor in his local ward of Lochee. John was a driving force behind the revival of the City of Dundee Burgess Charity in 2011 and has worked tirelessly to promote both the Burgess Charity and the City of Dundee.
Peter has a very active life within the city and currently he holds the position of deacon of the Bakers Trade of Dundee, he sits as a trustee of the Botanic Gardens, a member of the Dundee Alexndria Twinning Association, a pass member with the Westfest committee and currently chair of the West End Community Council.
His activities in the city over the years have been numerous, working on major events and helping to raise money and promote Dundee across all boundaries. Known for being a larger than life character he always will take one step forward for Dundee.
Brian Baxter McLeod
Brian was born in Dundee in 1958 and has always had a home in the city despite joining the Merchant Navy where he was latterly captain.
He then specialised in the offshore oil business moving oil rigs and drillships around the UK, the Med, Singapore, Vietnam and China.
He now has property interests in the Dundee area converting redundant buildings into much needed housing.
His charity work has extended from Hospital Radio, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Westfest to supporting many youth development initiatives.
As well as being a Burgess Trustee, Brian is also a member of The Bakers Trade which is part of The Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee Charity. Brian is passionate about the future of his home city and actively encourages minorities and the rights of women.