Our dedicated and enthusiastic Lunch with an Old Bag Committee consists of some of Scotland's most influential ladies (and a few brave men) who volunteer their time, energy, connections and commitment to ensuring each Lunch with an Old Bag event is a vibrant and sparkling occasion, enjoyed by all, and successful in its mission to raise vital funds to assist a growing number of young people through The Prince's Trust Scotland.
Our wonderful Committee members extend invitations to a growing network of generous 'Old Bags' who offer to serve as Table Hosts, and in turn gather together fun, spirited and generous guests equally committed to supporting the aims of The Trust in Scotland.
The Committee must also be thanked for the tremendous array of money can't buy Live and Silent Auction Prizes they bring to the event, as well as goody bag items and the highly coveted Raffle Ring!
In just ten years, and with special thanks to founding members James Thomson of Prestonfield and Geraldine Gammell, former Director of The Prince's Trust Scotland, Lunch with an Old Bag has become the hottest lunch ticket in town, and one of the biggest fundraising events for The Prince's Trust in the UK, raising more than £5.5 million to date.
Doreen has been a committee member since 2017 and an enthusiastic guest at the event for many years prior to this. She has been appointed Chair from May 2021. She had a long career as a European Human Resources Director for a global US based company after which she has served as a Governor of Edinburgh University and as a Board member on a number of Committees focussed on skills development for young people. Doreen is proud to be associated with the Princes Trust and is excited about the future of the event and raising as much money as possible to help change the lives of our young people.
Elaine has been a dedicated member of the LWOB committee since the inaugural lunch 12 years ago. Elaine says, 'It has been an absolute honour to see how it has blossomed from the initial seed of an idea jointly cultivated by James Thomson and Geraldine Gammell.'
'Not only have we raised several millions of pounds for The Prince's Trust but wow, have we all had fun doing so? In the words of The Dragon's Den "I'm in!" and I hope you all are too!'
Originally from Northern Ireland Kyle recently joined the committee in 2020. Prior to this he enjoyed both attending and supporting the event with his family and seeing first-hand what a huge difference the money raised at LWOB can make to a growing number of young people's lives. A former design graduate of The Glasgow School of Art he has enjoyed applying his creative skills and knowledge to many aspects of the event and its digital outlets. Joining the LWOB team has been Kyle's first experience of sitting on a charitable committee and he is honoured and excited to be part of such a fabulous event raising vital funds for The Prince's Trust across Scotland.
James owns some of Scotland's most distinctive hospitality businesses including Prestonfield, The Witchery by the Castle and Edinburgh's Tower Restaurant. An active ambassador for the Scottish Tourism Industry, James was awarded a Silver Thistle from the First Minister and an OBE for services to Hospitality and the Scottish Tourism Industry.
James is involved in many industry and educational bodies including the British Hospitality Association, the Board of the National Restaurant Association and is a Founder Patron of the Springboard Charity. He is Governor of George Heriot's Trust, and a Trustee of Prostate Scotland. James is a Platinum Patron of The Prince's Trust; a member of The Prince's Trust Scotland Advisory Council and supports the Get into Hospitality programme, providing work placements for young people in his restaurants and hotels.
Jill has been on the Lunch with an Old Bag committee and a volunteer with The Prince's Trust since 2012. Her ‘regular’ job is the Managing Director of Glenapp Castle, a stunning five-star Relais and Chateaux Hotel in South West Scotland. Jill says "being part of the LWOB team is fantastic, we always have great fun at our committee meetings, and even more fun on the big day! Since being involved with LWOB, I have learned a lot about The Prince's Trust and love how it helps young people. I am continually amazed, and in awe, of the achievements and positive differences these young people can make to their lives.”
Geoff has been a committee member since 2019 and a regular guest at the event on his trips back from his home in New York. He has had a long career in marketing, reputation and communications in the UK and the USA, working for some of the world’s most exclusive brands like Mercedes-Benz, Tiffany and Disney. He is currently the Director of Marketing and External Relations for the #1 modern University in Scotland, Edinburgh Napier. Geoff is a strong believer in our ability to make a difference and our personal responsibility to make life better for those in need. Not everyone will change the world but everyone can make a difference, The Prince’s Trust LWOB is the perfect event to showcase that ability.
Fiona has been a volunteer with The Prince's Trust since 2011, is a member of The Prince's Trust Scotland Advisory Council and Chaired the LWOB committee from 2013 to 2020.
After 7 years of unwavering dedication and truly inspiring leadership, Fiona took the decision to step down as Chair but remains an invaluable member of the committee. Fiona says 'Over the years, I've learned a lot about The Prince's Trust and how it helps young people. I've also met a number of young people helped by the Trust, and have seen first-hand what a huge difference the money we raise at LWOB makes.'
Debjani has been a LWOB committee member since 2014 and has been a volunteer mentor for The Prince's Trust since 2010, providing business mentoring to young people going through the Trust's programmes. She joined the Old Bag committee as she wanted to be involved with an organisation that helps and encourages young people and gives them opportunities to succeed in their lives.
Debjani has been working in Financial Services for over 20 years and is head of the Scottish office of a global wealth management firm. When she's not working Debjani can be found around Edinburgh with a handbag on one arm and her two young daughters in tow!
Louise joined the LWOB Committee in March 2020 after having been lucky enough to attend the inaugural event in 2009 and several of the years that followed. Through her role as Scottish Communications Secretary at the Royal Household, Louise has witnessed firsthand the work of The Prince’s Trust across Scotland and knows only too well the difference that it makes to young lives. Louise recently retired from the Royal Household but is delighted to be able to continue to support the Trust in a new guise as part of the LWOB Committee.