Who we are


O. Peter St John, The Earl of Orkney
Elaine Grieve, Lord-Lieutenant of Orkney
Ken McGoogan. Author
Ray Mears, Writer and Broadcaster
Sir Michael Palin, Actor, Broadcaster and Writer
Magnus Linklater, Journalist and ex-editor of The Sunday Times, The Scotsman and The Evening Standard

Board of Trustees

The present Board of Trustees comprises:

  • Andrew Appleby
  • Neil Kermode
  • Liz MacInally
  • Fiona Gould
  • Norman Shearer
  • Cheryl Chapman
  • Donna Heddle
  • Alasdair Marwick


  • Sandra Deans – Project Manager
  • Fiona Gould – Temporary Secretary
  • Tracey Phillips – Treasurer

One third of the trustees retire annually by rotation, but are eligible for re-election.

The Project Manager for the John Rae Society is Sandra Deans – projectmanager@johnraesociety.com

The principal office-bearers are:

President: Andrew Appleby – president@johnraesociety.com
Joint Chair: Norman Shearer – chair@johnraesociety.com
Joint Chair: Liz MacInally – chair@johnraesociety.com
Honorary Treasurer: Tracey Phillips – treasurer@johnraesociety.com
Membership Secretary: Fiona Gould – membership@johnraesociety.com
Temporary Secretary: Fiona Gould – secretary@johnraesociety.com

Other contacts as follows:

Archive: – archive@johnraesociety.com
Events Committee: – events@johnraesociety.com
Webmaster:  – info@johnraesociety.com