There are five Uphill Trustees and one co-opted Committee Member, variously connected through school, university, location and their genes:
The Uphill Trust Chairman Niall 'Max' Macdonald, attended Dollar Academy in the 1960s and early 70s then went on to the University of St. Andrews were he met Trustee H E 'Liddy' Semmens, and, three years later, his wife Trustee Belinda Macdonald. A couple of decades and several continents later, the Macdonalds returned to Dollar so that their sons, Trustees Shaun and Calum Macdonald could attend Dollar Academy in their turn. At this point they became friends with Committee Member Alison Irvine Smith, also a former pupil of Dollar Academy. Alison and Liddy formed a new friendship when they joined Max and Belinda on a trip to Uganda in February 2015.
Max, seen here with the School Director Elius, has been an Airline Pilot for 25 years — the past 18 with British Airways, on a variety of fleets. Max currently flies Boeing 767s into (and out of) Entebbe, Uganda, every few weeks and drives out west to Fort Portal up to 6 times a year. The rest of his working life is spent flying between the UK and the USA, Bahamas, Canada, Kazakhstan, Russia, Europe, or anywhere else that British Airways sends him. Previously Max has flown small planes around the southern United States and driven taxis around the capital of Australia. Max is the Strategic Thinker of The Uphill Trust, and Chief Liaison Officer in a country where man-to-man talk still rules much of the decision making. His ability to talk to anyone, anywhere is a valuable asset to the Trust.
Belinda (sitting on the Equator) is the Career-Change Queen of the Trustee Management Committee. After an initial degree in Anatomy and Experimental Pathology at the University of St. Andrews and a PhD at the Australian National University she has worked as a Research Scientist, Independent Financial Adviser, Further Education Lecturer, School Governor and Educational Sales Consultant before retraining once again, this time as a Garden Designer. She has been running her business, Shades of Green Garden Design, since 2007 and now juggles garden masterplans and planting recommendations with the general and financial administration of The Uphill Trust.
Liddy (propping up the right-hand side of the Equator circle) moved on from her initial degree in Anatomy and Experimental Pathology at the University of St Andrews to the University of Dundee, where she qualified as a Dental Surgeon in 1983. She has been working as a Dentist in Dundee ever since and has been running her own dental practice since 2010. When not examining teeth or dealing with the administration of a busy practice, she sings with two local choirs, and runs the 1st Newport Brownie pack. Liddy is the Health and Sanitation expert on the Uphill Trust Management Team and, with the help of the Brownies, is a star fundraiser.
Alison (on the left side of the Ugandan Equator) has been co-opted onto The Uphill Trust Management Committee to provide legal advice and fundraising support. She gained a Bachelor of Laws degree from Strathclyde University in 1983 and qualified as a solicitor in 1986. This was followed that up with a Master of Laws degree in 2008. Alison currently works as a part-time legal administrative assistant and when not up to her ears in legal paperwork she can be found on the curling rink, on a yacht on the high seas, stomping around the local hills with a dog, on a ferry to the Isle of Bute, or feeding the five thousand at a range of family and other social occasions.
Shaun and Calum both study at the University of Glasgow and are waiting impatiently for their first trip out to Uganda to see Uphill Junior School for themselves. Shaun's skills in Graphic Design and Computer Science, and Calum's Accounting and Financial Management training will soon be put to good use for the Trust's benefit.
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