Our Team


We have a small team of part-time staff who work with our board of trustees to develop, run and deliver the £3 million Cowane’s Hospital Maintenance Trust (CHMT) project and appeal.


Project Development Manager Rob Robinson: Rob has a long and close involvement with Cowane’s and a deep commitment to the regeneration project. He has 20 years of experience, and has delivered around 100 projects, as a heritage and tourism consultant and runs his own consultancy.

Project Administrator Mylene Smith-Herd: Mylene has long experience in the heritage and hospitality sectors and has played a central role in successful Scottish community projects.

For information about CHMT and the regeneration project contact 01786 472247 or email mylene@cowanes.org.uk

Office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am to 4pm. Closed Mondays and Fridays.


Chair of Trustees Cllr. Fergus Wood: A team leader, event organiser and former Provost, Fergus brings an excellent knowledge of Stirling, its people and its heritage.

Vice Chair Rev. Alan Miller: The Minister of the Church of the Holy Rude, has extensive experience of public engagement, organising cultural, social and fundraising events and of caring for historic buildings

Harry Deerin: The previous executive director of Stirling Council Environmental and Technical Services and current chair of Raploch Urban Regeneration Company and Raploch Landholdings Ltd, Harry has considerable experience in preparing and monitoring large capital and revenue budgets and delivering projects on time and budget as well as experience in governance, building maintenance and community engagement

Robin Iffla DL: One of the three original trustees and former Dean of the Guildry of Stirling. Robin holds a ministerial appointment as a board member of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, a trustee of the Guardians of Scotland Trust and of Cowane’s Trust. He has many years of governance experience as well as security and equalities knowledge

Michael Kay: Former senior partner in a major Scottish legal firm and former clerk to commissioners of Inland Revenue, Michael brings experience of administration for limited companies and a career of successful problem solving and people management.

Matthew Shelley: A freelance communications consultant and journalist, Matthew handles CHMT public relations and is a key member of the project development sub-group driving the project forward.

Tom Sinclair: Former clerk of works for Stirling Council and responsible for numerous new build, restoration, refurbishment and historic building projects throughout the city, Tom leads the CHMT maintenance sub-group and brings considerable experience in managing and successfully delivering major building projects and maintaining historic buildings and will ensure that all work at Cowane’s is well managed and executed to the highest standards.

Gordon Stewart: Former managing director of PRTM (worldwide) and project managing its growth from three offices to 18 offices worldwide, Gordon brings leadership, organisation, business acumen and financial analysis and reporting skills. He is leading the project development subgroup and is a driving force and clear head for the project.