Our People

Pictured above: some of our volunteers taking a break during a work session

On this page you will find information about our trustees and our sponsors.

Our Trustees

Beautiful Perth is a charity managed by a committee of volunteer Trustees. Our office bearers and committee members are:

Chairman: John Summers OBE. John was Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) for 11 years until he retired in 2010. He was particularly proud of the role KSB played in promoting the Eco Schools Programme and the Waste Awareness agenda. A qualified Environmental Health specialist, he worked in local government for 33 years, including as Chief Executive of Moray District Council.  John’s contribution to environmental issues in Scotland was recognised in 2005 with the award of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), and also by being made a Fellow of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland in 1998 and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management in 2006. John lives in Perth with wife Alison, and they have two children and four grandchildren. 

Vice Chairman: Jenny Williams. Jenny is a Senior Greenspace Officer (Communities) with Perth & Kinross Council. Her role is to encourage and deliver community partnership working across all greenspaces in Perth and Kinross – through working with volunteer paths groups, conservation volunteers, allotment groups, in bloom groups and Friends of Parks groups. Living and working in Perth meant that volunteering for Beautiful Perth was a natural next step for Jenny who is no stranger to volunteering - always a stalwart of the school PTAs! Jenny has three children and lives in Perth with her husband Duncan.

Treasurer: Monica Straughan. Monica worked in environmental communications for over 20 years. During her career she headed the Communications departments of Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, dealing with issues like flooding, waste, pollution and biodiversity. As well as being Treasurer, Monica manages Beautiful Perth's website, social media and communications. She is also Treasurer of the Take A Pride in Perthshire Association, the umbrella assocation for the 50 or so 'in bloom' groups that work in towns and villages across Perth & Kinross. A resident of Perth, she has three daughters and three granddaughters.

Secretary: Elspeth Bruce. Elspeth is Environmental Initiatives Officer (Communities) with Perth & Kinross Council. She supports 44 Take A Pride in Perthshire community groups, who all work hard to make our towns and villages better and more attractive places to live and visit. A former pupil of Perth Academy, Elspeth lives in rural Perthshire where she enjoys a range of outdoor pursuits although the home made Elderflower Champagne has never proved terribly successful!

Committee members:

Fiona Hair, Graham Harbut, Jean Hay, Tracey Hutton, Tom Lowdon, Barbara McDonald, Alison Morrison, Sylvia Stuart.  

Our sponsors

As a charity, Beautiful Perth's success depends on raising funds from a range of sources. We are particularly grateful to our generous sponsors, whose support allows us to keep our Fair City beautiful. By contributing to our cause sponsors share the many benefits of making Perth an attractive place to live, work, visit and shop. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us. Sponsorship is welcome for specific sites, such as flower beds, for specific projects and activities or more generally for the work we do across the City throughout the year.

Currently, our major sponsors are:

Curves gym sponsors the flower bed at the Glenearn Road junction with Edinburgh Road

Earnside Energy sponsors the beds at the junction of Glasgow Road and Needless Road.

Holiday Inn Express sponsors the flower bed at the AK Bell library

Kilmac sponsors the large flower bed at Rosslyn House on the Glasgow Road

LightPress Media & Design supports our work by providing design, print, video & photography services and advice

Live Active Leisure sponsors the eye-catching floral display by St Ninians Cathedral on Barrack Street.

The Morris Leslie Group sponsors the floral display at Dewar's Corner on the Glasgow Road

St Johnstone FC sponsors sites at Queen's Bridge and Glasgow Road.

Jelf Clark Thomson insurance brokers, sponsors the Lamberkine Roundabout. 

Pictured below (from left): Some of our trustees and volunteers; working with children from the City of Perth Early Childhood Centre; Sponsored bed, Dundee Road; St Leonard's Church. Click on the images so see the larger versions.

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