Meet the Team
As a charitable Trust, we are continually working to protect the special places and spaces within our portfolio, and we couldn’t achieve our ambitious plans without our dedicated staff.
Our staff’s contribution to our future is invaluable, and because they care, we are able to work in a way that is overflowing with ideas and drive - ensuring we continue to preserve and protect the work of the Trust for everyone.
Major General (Retd) Colin Boag CB CBE
Colin Boag retired from the British Army in September 2013 after 35 years’ service, a good deal of which was spent overseas on combat operations, notably in Northern Ireland, The Balkans, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. He commanded military units at every level, and endured the compulsory punishment of desk jobs in between.
He spent far too much of his military career playing sport, representing the Army at Rugby Union and Great Britain at Bobsleigh and taking part in various adventure training expeditions across the world. He now tries to maintain an honourable pace on the hills and mountains, continues to plan the occasional sea kayak adventure and still believes he can go as fast as he once could on his mountain bike.
After leaving the Army, Colin spent 3 years as the Chief Executive of the Fishmongers’ Company (one of the Great 12 Livery Companies of London) and was the interim Chief Executive of Team Rubicon UK (a disaster relief charity) for a short time before taking up his current post as Managing Director of the Mount Stuart Trust.
Head of Events & Visitor Services
Donna Chisholm joined Mount Stuart Trust in the summer of ’96 as a placement student from Glasgow Caledonian University. She evidently liked the place, as she returned in 1997 after her graduation and has been with us ever since.
With over 23 years’ experience in the industry, Donna has been involved in key projects throughout the Trust’s history, including the opening of the award-winning Visitor Centre in 2001, the introduction of self-catering accommodation for visitors, eatBute, the Visual Arts Programme, and Bute Kitchen. With a talent for Event Management, Donna has racked up 20 years of experience leading world class events for clients in the world of fashion, music and film.
Donna is a Brandane, born and bred on Bute, and her passion lies in working with island communities. Her ambition is to make a positive difference to young people living on Bute, offering learning opportunities and scholarships through seasonal employment opportunities at Mount Stuart. When she isn’t running world class events, Donna enjoys family time, football, Northern Soul dancing, music and darts.
Head of Business Support
Karen White has been supporting Executive Management for over 25 years. Well versed in planning, coordinating, and all-round efficiency, Karen has been with the Trust for the past 10 years. She worked as the Executive PA for companies such as Lam Research UK Ltd, Scottish Power and The Weir Group PLC, before making the (excellent) decision to relocate to Bute and join the Mount Stuart Trust. Here she is kept busy, being both the office guru and Head of the Business Support Team.
In a role spanning the Finance, Personnel, Comms, IT and IM/KM, Karen is responsible for the management of all business support activities. Each department of the Trust is supported by the capable hands of Karen’s team, who are adept at keeping the vital cogs of the organisation running smoothly to allow everyone to work efficiently and productively..
A born organiser, when she’s not busy running here, there and everywhere (which she admits isn’t very often) she enjoys spending time on one of Bute’s many beautiful beaches, pottering in the garden and visiting or entertaining friends.
Head of Collections
From a young age Charlotte Rostek, our German-born Head of Collections, harboured a special love of Scotland. With high-school aspirations of scraping a bohemian living as a fine artist and waitress, Charlotte enrolled on the History of Art degree at the University of Kassel before making the move over to the UK to undertake an MA in the subject at the University of Glasgow. Never one to be satisfied with a mere two qualifications, Charlotte also holds a PGCE in Secondary Education and a diploma in Museum Studies.
Since her beginnings as a Curatorial Assistant at the Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Charlotte has worked for a number of impressive organisations, from The Glasgow School of Art and Dumfries House to Lyon & Turnbull Auctioneers. Now in her role at the Mount Stuart Trust, she is responsible for promoting the full potential of the Bute Collection, as an educational resource of local, national and international standing.
With the beautiful backdrop of Bute behind her, Charlotte enjoys spending her free time getting back to nature with walks, yoga and running. With family in both Scotland and Germany, Charlotte loves the chance to spend time both here and abroad with them.