Category Archives: Board Members

Board Member Biography – Malcolm Dobson

 

Malcolm Dobson
Malcolm Dobson, Board Member

What is your role at the Hidden Gardens?

I have been a volunteer at the Gardens for 5 – 6 years. My main role in that time has been helping Paula Murdoch with the Grassroots group of volunteers, who met on Wednesdays.

I am part of the group of ‘Voluntour Guides’ who give guided tours to the gardens for individuals or groups.

I joined the Board in Spring 2016, and hope that my experience as a volunteer will help the board to support the valuable work the volunteers do.

 What is your role outside the Hidden Gardens?

Before I retired I was a librarian working in education (schools and colleges) and most recently in the health service. I am also interested in art, working mainly in ceramics, and have recently moved to a house with a garden so I’ve been spending a lot of time on that.

What are your special areas of interest?

Volunteering, garden management & design and art

Why do you like the Hidden Gardens?
What attracted you to the Hidden Gardens?

I like the Gardens for their beauty, the history of the site shown in the design, the variety of styles & environments, I like the fact that people can engage with the Gardens on a variety of levels – a place to relax, to connect with nature, to look at plants, to learn.

BOARD MEMBER BIOGRAPHY – NICOLA MACNAUGHTON

Nicola McNaughtonPic Peter Devlin
Nicola McNaughton by Peter Devlin

What is your role at The Hidden Gardens?

I joined The Hidden Gardens Board in February 2016. While I’m still very new in post I’m enjoying being part of the team and getting to know more about how the Gardens operate.

What is your role outside of The Hidden Gardens?

I work as a gardener part time for Thomas Angel Gardeners in the north of Glasgow.  I also do freelance public relations and copywriting work for organisations such as Gardening Scotland which takes place every year at Ingliston near Edinburgh.

What are your special areas of interest?

Public relations, public affairs and media relations.  I’m also a qualified horticulturalist and love learning about plants and wildlife.

Why do you like The Hidden Gardens?
What attracted you to The Hidden Gardens?

The Hidden Gardens provides a green space for people to enjoy and relax in.  I think that’s really important for people who work and live in the city and may not have their own garden or outdoor space.  I was attracted to the gardens because I believe in the power of gardening and plants to inspire people and bring communities together.

Board Member Biography – Lisa Sinclair

What is your role at The Hidden Gardens?
I joined The Hidden Gardens Board in March this year.

What is your role outside of The Hidden Gardens?
I am an arts manager and dance artist, currently working with Scottish Ballet’s Education department.

What are your special areas of interest?
Community participation, learning and performing arts.

Why do you like The Hidden Gardens?/What attracted you to The Hidden Gardens?
Over the years The Hidden Gardens have been many things to me – an adventure playground to explore with my children; a picnic area; a meeting place; a calm and inspiring space in which to gather my thoughts. I am attracted to The Hidden Gardens because of its inclusivity and diversity, and would like to support its continued growth and development.

‘The Lost Sister’ by Melanie Sims

Image from Melanie Sims' new exhibition, The Lost Sister: 11 July - 13 August 2015
Image from Melanie Sims’ new exhibition, The Lost Sister: 11 July – 13 August 2015
Congratulations to Melanie Sims, The Hidden Garden Trust’s Co-Chair, on her new exhibition!

Listen to Melanie talk about her exhibition, ‘The Lost Sister’, on The Janice Forsyth Show. The Lost Sister explores notions of loss, denial and the sister bond. Inspired by an aspect of the artist’s family’s history: an unknown relative, never spoken of, who lived her life in an asylum.

Listen to Melanie here

The exhibition takes place from 11 July – 13 August at the Lillie Art Gallery, Milgavie.

Melanie’s Photography site

Board Member Biography – Dave Mitchell

David Mitchell, Board Member of The Hidden Gardens Trust
David Mitchell, Board Member of The Hidden Gardens Trust

What is your role at The Hidden Gardens?
I joined The Hidden Gardens Trust in 2012. My background is in horticulture, concept design and interpretation, so I work with the Team especially Jean (Head Gardener) on planning the future of The Hidden Gardens.

What is your role outside of The Hidden Gardens?
After thirty years at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, mostly as a curator, I recently retired and became an Honorary Research Associate at the RBGE. I am also a Trustee of several other gardening charities including Scotlands Gardens.

What are your special areas of interest?
I’m interested in projects that inspire ‘A Sense of Wonder for the Land and its Future’, and am involved as a consultant in developing these across a variety of sectors.
I also have a keen interest in the Scots Language, and have been on a variety of radio programmes for the Scots Language Centre in Edinburgh.

Why do you like The Hidden Gardens?/What attracted you to The Hidden Gardens?
Simply social inclusion, the humanity and creativity, and the opportunity to put something back into the industry.

Board Member Biography – Melanie Sims

Melanie Sims - Secretary of The Hidden Gardens Trust
Melanie Sims, Secretary of The Hidden Gardens Trust

What is your role within The Hidden Gardens?

I joined the Board of the Hidden Gardens Trust in 2012 and have been the Secretary since September 2013.

What is your role outside of The Hidden Gardens?

I am a freelance writer and communications specialist with a background in the public and voluntary sectors. I’m also a visual artist.

What are your special areas of interest?

Gardens are a great source of joy for me and I have a deep love of plants. I believe gardens can be restorative spaces and inspirational places. As a professional communicator and a visual artist I am involved in finding ways to stimulate interest, encourage engagement, and spark dialogue, so I am hugely interested in the power of the written word, the effectiveness of visual images, and the impact of design.

Why do you like The Hidden Gardens / what attracted you to them?

I think the Gardens are quite exceptional. They came about through artistic aspirations and a creative process unlike any other garden. What I really like about them is they offer a beautiful, calm, uplifting experience in an unexpected place. You can enjoy a sense of discovery walking through them, chancing upon pieces of art that change with the light of the day and time of year.