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The Enchanted Forest Community Trust

The Enchanted Forest Community Trust is the registered charity solely responsible for the creation and delivery of Scotland’s premier sound and light show, The Enchanted Forest.

Operated by a voluntary board Trustees, they oversee the running and implementation of the event to the direct benefit of Highland Perthshire.

The organisation has operated since 2010 as a charitable trust, creating economic wealth and redistributing event surpluses to local community groups and charities to directly benefit the community. Prior to this, the event was run by a community interest company. Under the Trust’s direction, The Enchanted Forest has grown from attracting around 19,000 visitors to over 80,000 visitors every Autumn and contributing over £7.5 million to the local economy. The first Enchanted Forest event was held in 2002.

The aim of the charity is to primarily, but not exclusively, to benefit the communities of Highland Perthshire defined by postcode districts PH8, PH9, PHIS, PH16, PHI7 and PH18.

Specific objectives are:

To advance the arts, heritage, culture and science of the area by supporting, managing, promoting and developing quality events which enhance and celebrate the natural and cultural resources of the area and encourage education and participation therein

To provide funding to charities, clubs and organisations primarily, but not exclusively, working in the area or providing benefit in the area, to enable them to implement, or assist in the implementation of, their own projects the purposes of which promote any of the following:

  • The advancement of arts, heritage, culture or science
  • The advancement of community development and environmental protection or improvement
  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of public participation in sport or the provision or organisation of recreational facilities with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended
  • Relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.

Our board of trustees

Our Trustees are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and we are always interested in hearing from people who have experience to bring to the table.

Lesley Williamson, Chair
Born in Edinburgh, educated in Leith and Edinburgh, and living in Pitlochry since 2012, Lesley’s 40+ career spans both national and international appointments. She is a business innovator who creates, develops and turns around businesses, making a constructive difference by initiating strategic solutions to business challenges and has notable successes in many sectors including sport, tourism, hotel, catering and visitor attractions. Having served lengthy tenure on numerous boards as Chair, deputy chair and executive and non-executive director positions, at Northumberland Tourism and Durham County Cricket Club, and senior operational management positions at Prestonfield House, Newcastle United F.C., Middlesbrough FC, The International Centre for Life, Alnwick Castle and Gardens and the Famous Grouse Experience. Lesley has also worked as a consultant and her past clients include Wembley Plc, Twickenham, City of Manchester Stadium, Liverpool F.C., AuroraSpirit and, most recently, The Macallan Brand Home and Visitor Centre. Lesley is the Chairperson of Enchanted Forest board of trustees.

Debbie Hutchison
Debbie Hutchison is the Marketing Director at The Malting House, a local marketing and design agency, and a director of several other Scottish companies. She has a degree in International Business and Languages from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and over 25 years’ commercial experience in the UK and overseas. Her speciality is sales and marketing in both corporate and SME sectors and she has been involved in several award-winning projects throughout her career. One of the most notable highlights was being presented to The Queen as part of a team which won two Queen’s Awards for International Trade. She also works as part of the Business Gateway Expert Help programme, providing marketing support for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Having held a long-term interest in the creative industries, Debbie successfully completed a Visual Communications HND as a mature student. This experience piqued her interest in life-long learning and motivated her to join the Perth College Board of Management for 4 years where she chaired the Engagement Committee alongside her Board Member duties. It also renewed her interest in the arts introducing her to nature photography, which has become a favourite new hobby. Debbie enjoys volunteering and is President of Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network as well as a Trustee of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, a role which she feels ideally combines her passions for nature, creativity, and business.

Karen Smith
Karen Smith is a chartered accountant with over 15 years of experience working with charities. Karen began her career as an external auditor, where she brings her experience of the preparation and review of year end statutory accounts along with her knowledge of best practice for suitable financial systems.

In 2018, Karen left auditing to become the financial controller for a charity, The Kiltwalk, where she is able to support The Enchanted Forest in the preparation of management accounts, budgets and cashflow monitoring.

Vicki Burrell
After graduating Vicki worked as a Recruitment Consultant specialising in the recruitment of accountancy and finance personnel in Edinburgh. In 2009 she was tasked with setting up a new division which specialised in the recruitment of senior finance personnel. Utilising her business acumen, people management skills and sales abilities the new division consistently surpassed targets. In 2012 Vicki relocated to Pitlochry and opened her own retail business, Honest Thistle. After seeing the beneficial effects The Enchanted Forest had on her own business as well as the benefits to the Highland Perthshire community Vicki joined the Board as a Trustee in 2017 until February 2019. She returned as a Trustee in August 2020 to support the Trust as it goes through a period of positive change.

Stephen Simpson
Stephen is the owner of a number of printing businesses across the east coast of Scotland and also owns companies involved with commercial and residential letting. Although based in Dundee where he is currently Managing Director of Winter & Simpson Print, Stephen spends much of his time working from his home in Killin. A ‘serial entrepreneur’ Stephen has a flair for spotting business opportunities and has a lengthy and proven track record in business growth.

He has recently taken a step back from the day to day management of his companies and concentrates on group strategic planning along with mergers & acquisitions. Outside of work Stephen is passionate about the outdoors and the environment and spends the majority of his free time exploring Scotland’s mountains and countryside either on foot, by bike or by ski (when weather permits!).

Stephen has previously helped a number of charities on a ‘project basis’ but wanted a longer-term commitment and agreed to join the Enchanted Forest Community Trust board in August, 2021

Paul Keith
Paul Keith has been a Trustee of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust since 2019. He lives in Pitlochry with his wife and three young children, who attend the local primary school. He is a solicitor and the Managing Partner of local firm, J & H Mitchell WS. Paul has a keen interest in local community life and is also involved as a Trustee of Pitlochry Highland Games. When not busy with work or family life, you are most likely to find Paul on a golf course or up a hill, enjoying the great open spaces Scotland has to offer.

Mhairi Cameron
Mhairi Cameron joins the Board with over 16 years of Charity Fundraising and Charity Governance experience. Mhairi has led numerous fundraising teams at large national charities like Action for Children, Anthony Nolan, Alzheimer’s Scotland, CLIC Sargeant, MS Society. Mhairi currently works as a charity governance and fundraising consultant.

If you wish to speak to someone about becoming a Trustee of The Enchanted Forest, please contact our Chair in the first instance: Lesley Williamson at lesley.williamson@enchantedforest.org.uk

The Enchanted Forest Community Trust is registered in Scotland, charity number SC045237: company number SC357866

The Enchanted Forest Community Trust is registered with Information Commissioner’s Office, Registration Number ZA351208

“The Enchanted Forest” is a registered trademark of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust.

Local news

The Trust is pleased to share its local newsletter with our local community:

January 2020

May 2020

January 2021

Annual accounts

The Trust is pleased to present our annual accounts for review:

2020 Annual Accounts

2019 Annual Accounts

2018 Annual Accounts