Bairdwatson Trustees

The current Board are looking to augment their skills and expertise and would be happy to consider applications from potential new trustees. Details of the role can be accessed here –  Trustee Role .

If you feel this is something you may be interested in, please contact Linda the Trust Assessor in the first instance via email.

Our current Trustees –


Robert Kerr is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years all-round business experience, previously Managing Partner and Chairman of one of Scotland’s largest independent accountancy firms, he now runs his own consultancy business. He was approved as a Responsible Individual by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, the qualification to act as a registered auditor. Robert was awarded the Accountant of the Year at the Scottish Business Insider awards in 2013, an award he held for two years. He also acts as a non-executive Director to several private companies and is a Board Director of Glasgow Credit Union the largest Credit Union in the UK.


John Ramsay was born in Dundee and spent his early years in Edinburgh, attending George Watson’s College. He commenced as an indentured trainee accountant in November 1972 with Kirk & Johnston CA, Glasgow. Training included a year spent at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

He joined the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in 1977 and became a partner in Kirk & Johnston later that year. When the firm merged with French & Cowan CA, Glasgow, he remained as a partner with them until 1989.

He was offered the position of Company Secretary within Mr. Bairdwatson’s engineering Group in August 1989. The Group manufactured ‘breaker steels’ which were used within hydraulic hammers and were marketed throughout the world. The Group also offered expertise in Heat Treatment to numerous concerns in the UK.

John has maintained a connection within the Scout Association, firstly as a youth member and then as an adult volunteer since 1975, in various positions within two Scout Groups, helping with the members aged 7 to 25 and undertaking adult support and training within the Association. He is also a Duke of Edinburgh Award leader.

Bairdwatson jacqueline leslie

Jacqueline Leslie is a partner in Harper Macleod LLP.  As one of the directors of Nominations (Glasgow) Limited, she represents that body on the board of the Trust.

Jacqueline attended the University of Aberdeen where she graduated LLB (Hons).  She specialises in Wills, Trusts, Inheritance Tax Planning, Powers of Attorney and the administration of estates.  She is a Notary Public and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Jacqueline is accredited by The Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Trust Law and is a member of the panel which considers applications for accreditation.

Jacqueline is married with two children and in her spare time enjoys cooking and travelling