Margaret Boswell Eliott
Margaret Boswell Eliott is Chief of the Clan Eliott and senior direct descendant of James Boswell. She lives in the Borders where she runs the clan’s museum and with her father was responsible for gifts of Boswell portraits to Auchinleck House.
Peter Kennerley is a corporate lawyer who is currently company secretary of Aggreko, one of only six FTSE 100-listed companies headquartered in Scotland. During his career he has worked with a number of charitable and voluntary bodies, both as adviser and trustee. He lives in Ayrshire.
Caroline Knox, who lives in Ayrshire, is director of the Boswell Book Festival after a long career in publishing, most recently as non-fiction editor, specialising in biography, memoir and travel writing, at the Scottish enlightenment publisher, John Murray.
James Knox, Chairman, is currently managing director of The Art Newspaper. Born and brought up in Ayrshire, where he still lives, he was closely involved in the campaign to save Dumfries House in the next door parish to Auchinleck, which under the aegis of the Prince of Wales, is now the engine for cultural regeneration in the district. Knox is also Chair of Ayr Renaissance, charged with the regeneration of the historic county town, and a trustee of the National Trust for Scotland.
Following a successful executive career in finance, energy and life sciences, where she focused on corporate finance, strategy and business development, Gillian is currently working as a non-executive director with Scottish Enterprise, Martin Currie Global Portfolio Trust and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo as well as working as a consultant with ES Noble & Co, the Edinburgh-based merchant bank. She is a graduate of Edinburgh University and of INSEAD.
Dr William Zachs
Dr William Zachs is one of the leading scholars of the Scottish Enlightenment, who worked for three years on the Boswell papers at Yale University. He is biographer of the first John Murray, who left Edinburgh in the eighteenth century to found what became the greatest publishing company of the nineteenth century. Dr Zachs lives in Edinburgh and is an honorary fellow of Edinburgh University.