Our Trustees


Aidan O'Donnell, Convener

Aidan's career has been split between the rail industry and university teaching. Aidan worked with British Rail, across central Scotland. He then gained two degrees from the University of Edinburgh, in Scottish History and then Scots Law. In 1985 he began his University teaching career and ultimately became Head of Law at Glasgow Caledonian University. He has also taught at the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde and Edinburgh. Aidan has authored or co-authored five legal textbooks. Between 1994 and 2005 he was a non–executive director of Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive (SPTE) and became its Director General in 2005. In that capacity, Aidan oversaw the drafting of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill (later the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Act 2006) and managed the TUPE transfer of the staff of the Transport Executive to the newly formed bodies Transport Scotland and the West of Scotland Transport Partnership.

Iain Sim, Secretary

Iain Sim is a graduate of Glasgow University's Law School and is a qualified Scottish solicitor. He is a senior teaching associate at the University of Glasgow, and is a visiting lecturer at Strathclyde University. His articles have been carried in the major Scottish legal journals. He is currently authoring his first legal textbook (for Thomson Reuters). Away from law he is a director of three companies and provides executive management training for several blue-chip clients, including Weir Group plc.

Russell Watson, Treasurer

Russell Watson CA is a senior chartered accountant, based in the world heritage village of New Lanark. Russell is the audit compliance principle of his firm and has many years experience advising a wide range of clients on accountancy and taxation matters.

He has an interest in charity reporting and has acted for charities for over twenty-five years including advising on constitutional issues and charity re-organisations. Russell for clients in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing and transport sectors. He has prepared cash flow forecasts and projections for many popular UK tourist attractions.

As well as being a keen hill-walker, Russell is interested in historical engineering, machinery and industry

Captain Ayad Isoud, Captain of Queen Mary and Head of Marine

Captain Ayad Isoud is a master mariner and a graduate of Glasgow Nautical College. He has over twenty five years experience in the maritime industry. He is currently Deputy Operations Manager at SeaTec UK Ltd, a specialist in providing services to support new building, ship repair and conversion projects within the shipping, offshore and defence industries

Ronnie Keir, Engineering

Ronnie was born and raised in Clydebank. When he left school he started an engineering apprenticeship with John Brown & Company. During this time, he worked on the new Cunard vessel Queen Elizabeth 2, where he was involved in the manufacture of the turbines and gearboxes. After his apprenticeship, he joined J & J Denholms of Glasgow. He then served on all types of ships over the next 25 years, including tankers, container ships, RoRo ferries, diving support ships and passenger ships. He was promoted to Chief Engineer in 1987.

Ronnie has stood by the building and commissioning of various new ships, including Cunard's RMS Queen Mary 2. The greatest highlight of his career was starting with Cunard in January 2003 and joining the Queen Elizabeth 2 as Staff Chief Engineer. This highlight was eclipsed in September 2003 when he was appointed Chief Engineer of QM2. In 2001 he was installed as a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology. Ronnie is now proud to be a Trustee of the charity "Friends of Queen Mary".


Joe McKee, Head of Engineering

Biography Coming Soon

Tommy Kelly

Thomas Kelly, Engineering

Tommy Kelly began his career as an engineer cadet at South Shields Marine & Technical College, his love of ships having been instilled by his grandfather (a member of the engine crew of the steamer "Duchess of Argyle").

He graduated from Glasgow Nautical College and holds a Class 1 licence. After a 27 year career at sea (with ten as chief engineer) on Suezmax tankers and passenger ships, he began his shore career.

Tommy currently works for V Ships as the fleet manager of seventeen vessels, and also is the chairman of IMarEST Scotland.

Crawford Paterson, Insurance

Crawford Paterson joined CalMac Ferries in 1993, and in his early career, was responsible for ticket distribution to vessels. He fondly recalls being on board TS Queen Mary II (as she was named then) with her well-appointed passenger lounges and dark wood panelling as she sailed majestically down the Clyde. He has worked in various departments within CalMac, including traffic operations, reservations and finance. Latterly he became responsible for the Company’s insurance arrangements and has over 22 years’ experience in Marine and Commercial insurance both in purchasing policies and claims handling. He has also been involved in charters and contingency planning. He has been delighted to assist the Charity with its challenging insurance arrangements and is enthusiastic about contributing to other aspects of the Charity’s operations.

Iain Sim, Interim Communications Officer

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New media officer tbc soon


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