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The Grassmarket Mission

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Our Mission

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.
He is a Senior Elder at Greyfriars Kirk, ordained in December 1971, appointed as a Grassmarket Mission Trustee in June 1994 and served as Property Convenor from 2008 until 2011.
He was elected as Chairman of Trustees in December 2011 to the present.

Elaine Crichton - Honorary Treasurer

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.

Prior to joining Inspiring Scotland in 2015 Elaine spent over 25 years in asset management, most recently with Kames Capital, as a senior portfolio manager overseeing pension fund assets of £1.5bn.

She joined the board of Trustees of the Grassmarket Mission in April 2017 and was appointed as Honorary Treasurer with effect from 1st September 2018.

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 Mairi Day - Honorary Secretary

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.

On her return to Edinburgh, Mairi pursued a career in litigation, working in two Edinburgh firms and then in the specialist Personal Injury firm, Digby Brown LLP where she has worked since 2005. She currently holds the position of Associate solicitor there and is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Solicitors.

Mairi joined the Board of Trustees in April 2017 and was appointed Honorary Secretary with effect from 1st September 2018.