Times have changed and as the 20th century gave way to the 21st, so too have the conditions and needs of the community that we serve. The Trustees recognised that the purposes of the original Deed of Trust no longer adequately described the changed operational reality after 120 years in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh. To address this, and also to bring the Trust into line with modern practice and legal requirements, the Trustees have adopted a Scheme of Re-organisation. OSCR gave its approval to the Scheme in July 2011 and it was formally implemented on 26th August 2011.
The Trust now sees its main mission as addressing problems of poverty, hunger, loneliness and homelessness as well as ministering to those who have, or have had, problems with substance abuse. In terms of the Scheme of Re-organisation, the Trust‘s objectives and principal activities are stated below
- The relief of those in need
- The advancement of the Christian religion and the promotion of religious harmony on an undenominational basis; and
- The advancement of citizenship and community development
The Trustees meet at least three times each year, and in practice more frequently, as and when necessary. The Trust operates with an Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer, who submit reports to the Trustees at each meeting. The current members of the Board of Trustees are;
|Dr Stephen F Lunn - Chairman of Trustees
Stephen was born and has lived in Edinburgh all his life. Educated at Bruntsfield and George Heriot’s schools, followed by the Heriot-Watt College, he graduated MSc and PhD in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Employed in two Medical Research Council Units over a period of 42 years, he is currently a Chartered Biologist and Member of the Royal Society of Biology, having served as a Member of the Scottish Branch Council of the Institute of Biology for many years.
|Mr Simon Bolam - Honorary Secretary and Treasurer
Simon was appointed as a Grassmarket Mission Trustee in 2012. He was subsequently appointed as Honorary Treasurer in 2013 and then as Honorary Secretary in 2016.
Elaine is the Pro Bono Executive at Inspiring Scotland - a charitable organisation based in Edinburgh. Established in 2008 as a World leader in Venture Philanthropy, Inspiring Scotland has brought over £104m of investment to over 300 charities in Scotland.
|Rev Dr Richard Frazer
Richard Frazer grew up chiefly in Edinburgh but also spent time at school in Yorkshire. He is a graduate of Newcastle and Edinburgh Universities and Princeton Theological Seminary in the United States. He has lived and worked in Italy and the USA and became a minister in 1986 following experience in teaching and community work, where he developed a passion for social justice. He has been minister of a large rural parish in Perthshire, spent 10 years as minister of St Machar's Cathedral in Old Aberdeen and came to Greyfriars Kirk in 2003, at which time he also became a Trustee of the Grassmarket Mission. He is Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council and Chairman of the Grassmarket Community Project.
|Mrs Winifred Morrison
Winifred is a native of Edinburgh and was educated at James Gillespie’s High School and the University of Edinburgh. After teaching English for three years in Montevideo, Uruguay, assisting in the school library, she returned to Edinburgh and became a librarian in the Department of Architecture, where she remained for 30 years.
Winifred is currently the Parish Elder for Greyfriars Kirk and is committed to outreach and social work in the Parish, which includes the Grassmarket area. She joined the Board of Trustees of the Grassmarket Mission in 2001.
|Mrs Mairi Day
Born in Edinburgh, Mairi was educated at Bruntsfield and James Gillespie’s Schools in the city and then further afield at Aberdeen University where she spent five years completing a law degree and Diploma in Legal Practice.
|Rev Dr Robert Gould
Bob has been a Trustee since 2008, and is a former Chairman of the Trustees. He was particularly involved with the partnership between the Grassmarket Mission and the New College Missionary Society.