The Directors are responsible for overseeing the running of the Chisholme Institute according to its aims. Read more here. They meet regularly at Chisholme House to discuss all aspects of the Institute including its financing, staffing, maintenance, building projects, household matters, garden, estate and publicity. You can email the directors at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lesley graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1966 after majoring in printed textile design. She worked as a freelance designer and taught in Winchester School of Art, Croydon College of Art and Bournemouth College of Art. Lesley later taught sixth form art A level students and in adult education centres. She has been a director of the Institute since its beginning and is married with one son.
Colin is a Social Sciences graduate and a qualified Further Education teacher. Most of his working life has been spent working with adults and young people who have learning difficulties. Colin is currently undertaking an Advanced Practitioners Course in Substance Misuse as he now works with recovering drug users, helping them to maintain abstinence. In his spare time (!!!) he is a keen organic gardener.
Jonathan studied Human Resource Management at Cardiff University and Safety and Environmental Management at Nottingham Trent University. He has worked as a teacher of English in the Sudan, as a social worker, teacher, owner/manager of a wholesale bakery, College business development manager and latterly as a consultant in safety management systems.
Julia Dry (Chair)
Julia has been a student, volunteer and guest at Chisholme since 1976. On completing the second 6-month retreat course she then went on to study Fine Art (painting) with philosophy, sociology, history and archaeology. From researching Persian 'paradise gardens' at university through a period of painting, teaching and working in archaeological illustration she followed a love of gardening to study horticulture and then worked as a professional gardener. She has a practical knowledge of accounts, and has worked in the charitable sector.
Paul has been associated with the Chisholme Institute for over thirty years. He moved to the Borders in 1996. He now lives in Hawick with his wife and is semi-retired. Paul is particularly involved with Administration, including the Institute's dealings with the British Accreditation Council, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and other areas. In his spare time he writes and performs narrative verse.
John studied geology and social anthropology at Cambridge University and researched in ethnology at Oxford University. This led on naturally to courses at Chisholme. He is currently a garden designer and runs a landscaping business. John has been a director of the Chisholme Institute for more ten years and takes particular responsibility for the estate and organic kitchen garden.
Joined as director in 2017 - details to follow soon.
Hiroko was born and grew up in Japan and has lived, studied and worked in UK since the mid 80s. She has a masters degree in Visual Islamic and Traditional Art, specialising in Japanese screen painting. She first visited Chisolme in the late 90s and since completed two six months intensive retreat courses. She subsequently joined the staff at the Institute, supervising courses, working as housekeeper and volunteering in other areas. She and her husband have two children and they currently live in Hawick.
Tim has been a director since 2004, currently serving as Chairman, and has been involved with the Chisholme Institute for many years. He is a professional musician, mostly as a teacher, privately and in schools, although he is also a founder member of the nearly-famous Vastearth Orchestra. Tim lives with his partner in Worcestershire, where he has a house and two allotments. He has long been interested in environmental issues, and this is the area he is most concerned with as a director.
Maryanna studied Music at the University of Edinburgh, and later Nursing at Oxford Brookes University. She has travelled widely and has worked for extended periods in hospitals in Oxford, the Scottish Borders, the Falkland Islands and in Uganda. She has had close ties with the Chisholme Institute for many years, as a six-month course student, a volunteer and also working as part of the staff. She learned to cook at Chisholme, and this instilled in her a life-long love for food. More recently, she has embarked on the new adventure of motherhood.
‘What a gift, what a great human!’, writes Richard Twinch in his obituary for Mansura Brenda Thomas, who passed away on July 7th 2017.
Wed 20th September 2017
Sun 24th September 2017 14:00
A four-day seminar with Colin Tudge
Sat 30th September 2017
Join a team of volunteers for a week of satisfying work on the beautiful Chisholme estate.