The membership of the Merchants House is drawn from men and women in business, established in Glasgow or the West of Scotland with Glasgow connections if they are in business on their own account to a substantial extent, or in good practice in a recognised profession, or Directors, Managing Directors, Managers or other principal Officers in a significant business body, corporation or authority; or persons of like standing and qualifications established elsewhere in Great Britain who are sons or daughters of members; or are otherwise qualified in ways which, in the opinion of the Directors, would make them eligible members of the House.

Meet Some of Our Trustees 

Zoe Gillespie-Trustee

My decision to become a member of the Merchants House centred around my desire to help the less fortunate people in Glasgow. Being a proud Glaswegian, I wanted to be part of a charity with a long-standing reputation for supporting good causes. As a Director, I enjoy being a part of the fabulous work the Merchants House does in making a real difference to lives in the city.

Meeting people from the various charities further highlights what help is needed and the benefits of providing real support, not just financial. I have had the privilege of seeing the amazing charity work undertaken in the city and at times, have found it a humbling experience.

Personally, I have met some truly amazing people who continue to inspire me greatly. I look forward to continuing my role within the Merchant’s House and am proud of the contribution it makes to my city. 

John MacLeod-Trustee

I originally invited to become a Director in 2001 through friendships made at Glasgow Junior Chamber of Commerce. Following Constitutional changes, I became the first Vice Dean in 2004 and then served as Lord Dean of Guild 2005-07. Serving the House is a privilege – you get the opportunity to learn about many deserving people and causes and how we can help them.

The House has a unique perspective of the City given its historic role and the way it is able to support such a wide range of organisations, where often modest grants make a very real difference.

The highlight of my time was undoubtedly the two years as Lord Dean and the opportunity to attend civic events, and meet and greet many residents and guests to our great city, as well as the members of The House, was a privilege. I now serve on a number of other charitable bodies.


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