Pluscarden 1230 Pilgrimage Planning Team
Pilgrimage Director – David Broadfoot MBE.
Educated in St Andrews and Edinburgh, David initially worked for the BBC before entering the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was commissioned into The Gordon Highlanders in 1974. After a long and distinguished career during which he travelled the world and was awarded the MBE, he retired as a Lt Col in 2006. From 2006 to 2010 he ran Cawdor Castle and from 2011 to 2013 was the Director at Glamis Castle. As a freelance consultant he organises and hosts events and has recently run the Clan Mackenzie International Gathering. He was appointed Development Director for the Pluscarden Abbey appeal in July 2015.
Pilgrimage Administration Assistant – Alison Clark
Born and raised in Perthshire, Alison graduated with an MA degree in modern languages from the University of Dundee, followed by a post graduate diploma in European Marketing and Languages from Napier University in Edinburgh. She then spent a year working in Germany as an English language assistant before moving to the north of Scotland. She was initially employed as PA to The Earl and Countess Cawdor and latterly, as operations manager, helping The Dowager Countess Cawdor run Cawdor Castle, one of the main visitor attractions in the area, for 30 years. She joined the Pluscarden Abbey South Range Appeal team in August 2015.
Pilgrimage Advisor – Professor Phillip Adamo
Director of Honors and Associate Professor of History and Medieval Studies at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, U.S.A., who has written extensively on the thirteenth-century, French monastic order known as the Caulites. His dissertation on the formation of the Caulite Order won the Ohio Academy of History Dissertation Award in 2001. His book, New Monks in Old Habits: The Formation of the Caulite Monastic Order, 1193-1267, was published in 2014 by the Pontifical Institute of Medieaval Studies in Toronto. He collaborated with Joseph H. Lynch on the second edition of The Medieval Church: A Brief History (Routledge, 2013). Philip joined the team in November 2015, following a meeting with David Broadfoot in Rome. Phillip will offer a course on pilgrimage at Augsburg College to run during May and June 2017 which will culminate in students taking part on one of the legs of the Pluscarden 1230 Pilgrimage.
Further information at www.augsburg.edu/faculty/adamo
Pilgrimage Operations Manager – Jai Prakash Lama
Jai enlisted into the Brigade of Gurkhas in 1983, spending his early army years in Hong Kong, moving to the UK in 1993. He was commissioned from the ranks in 2003 and transferred to the Adjutant Generals Corps in 2010. For the next 4 years he was the Regimental Administrative Officer with the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland based in Edinburgh before retiring back to Nepal in March 2014. He is married with 3 children, two of whom are both living and working in Edinburgh.
Jai will join us from Kathmandu on April 1st and no pilgrimage could have a better or more qualified man.