Aspen have been working in partnership with the Gannochy Trust and we are now delighted to announce that they have recruited four new Trustees who will join their Board at staggered intervals over the next year or so.  We know that each Trustee will bring a wealth of experience and expertise and make a valuable contribution to the future of the Trust. 

In establishing the Gannochy Trust in 1937, for charitable and public purposes, AK Bell brought benefits to Scotland which are maintained to this day. The Trust’s funds initially comprised shares in the Bell’s whisky company and were latterly spread prudently and wisely over a wide spectrum of investments, which have grown significantly over the years. In 1967, with increasing funds available, the geographic footprint of the Trust’s donations was widened with the approval of the Court of Session from Perth and its environs to encompass the whole of Scotland. They now have an estate of almost 1,000 acres which includes:

  • 227 houses with a village green and a duck pond
  • 3 farms
  • 2 Cricket Pitches and a listed ‘arts and crafts style’ Pavilion
  • A woodland park and coffee shop

They have also disbursed over £15m in grants over the past five years and have a sizeable endowment with an investment portfolio at 31 May 2015 of over £155m.

Over the past two years, the Trust has embarked on a programme of review of all aspects of its work and this, together with a number of stakeholder meetings, is helping Trustees to shape the direction of the Trust to ensure that they continue to be visionary in the 21st Century. Over the next year they plan to conclude the overall Trust strategy; complete the master plan for the new housing extension, work strategically with selected charities to make a greater difference in areas of concern to the Trust and continue to explore ways to maximise the resources of the estate for the benefit of the people of Perth.

Dr James Kynaston, Gannochy Chairman, said of the recruitment process:

"As a Board we debated at some length the best way to carry out the process and whether we should continue the Trust’s historical process of using its own network. We feel that in using your services we have been able to carry out an advertised open process, draw from a far wider network, raise the Trust’s profile and at the end of the day we feel that you have delivered four very strong candidates.

We also felt that we were able to distance ourselves from the initial sifting of candidates and then allowing you to have the initial discussion with applicants. This has considerably reduced the administrative burden on us and removed the Trust from some of the potentially more difficult contacts with candidates.

As we know from some of the candidates interviews they have very much appreciated the style and tone of your contact with them.

Trustees appreciated your input and opinion at the final sifting stage and also your very helpful reflections, reminders and challenges when you joined us on the interview panel."

The Gannochy Trust is a superb organisation with a fantastic heritage – for more information on the Trust please visit

We at Aspen would like to thank the Trust for allowing us to be involved in this journey and would like to wish both them all the best for the future. 

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