thomson charitable trust trustees
Left to Right: Jean Hay, Alison Hall, Robin Rodger, Stuart Thomson, Michael Thomson, Alastair Dorward

Stuart Thomson

Stuart has been with the Trust for 20 years and has recently taken on the additional role of Chairman.  In his business life he is a Director of a major transport company.  He lives in Aberdeenshire with his wife Margaret and four children.


Jean Hay

Originally from the north east of Scotland Jean has lived in Perth with her family since 1984.

She was head teacher at a Perth nursery school for a number of years and continued in education, after retirement, tutoring students at Dundee University.

She continues to have a strong interest in this field, particularly in children from vulnerable families and those with special needs and disabilities.

She is a member of Beautiful Perth committee which works closely with the Council to maintain and improve the city of Perth.

When she does have a spare moment she does enjoy listening to a wide range of music from classical to traditional Scottish folk.


Michael Thomson

Michael setup the Trust in 1975 with his uncle David Kinnear Thomson.  After working many years in the well known Perth Wine &  Spirits distributor Peter Thomson’s, he spent a number of years as Finance Director of the Children 1st charity before moving into a prolonged period of semi-retirement.


Alison Hall

After graduating from Robert Gordon’s University, Alison started her career at Boots and rose to take on several senior managerial posts.  She then spent several years abroad  in Indonesia where she became involved in many social welfare projects including health clinics, orphanages and soup kitchens for the elderly.  She now resides in Perth and is trained to be an independent Advocate as well as formerly acting as Director and Chairman of Perth & Kinross Association of Voluntary Services.   She enjoys walking, keeping fit, theatre, reading, cooking and travel.


Robin Rodger

Robin has over 30 years experience working in the arts at public, private and voluntary sector levels.


Andrew Thomson

The third family member of the Trust, Andrew is a solicitor in the Macgregor Thomson, a legal firm specialising in the license trade and hospitality sectors based in Stirling. Andrew has recently returned to the Perthshire area and now lives in a former distillery outside Pitlochry.


Alastair G Dorward

Educated at Dundee High School before studying law at St Andrews University graduating in 1969. Joined J&J Miller, Perth (now Miller Hendry) in 1975 and was assumed a partner in 1976. Focused on private client law and was latterly accredited a specialist in Scottish Trust Law with a significant practice in charitable trusts, their administration, variation, regulation etc. A past President of Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, and an active Rotarian. Served in the Territorial Army and ACF for 30 years before retiring in the rank of Brigadier in 2000.

Retired from legal practice in 2012 but has continued as a trustee in both various charities and several private trusts including the Thomson Charitable Trust in which he has served as Trustee since its inception in 1975.

Lives in Perth. Married with one daughter. Likes travel, an avid reader, walker and a keen (but poor) fisherman.