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The Team

Architect – Philip Mercer B.Arch ARIBA RIAS

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Andrew Philip Mercer B.Arch RIBA RIAS Born 24th August 1937 Education Stonyhurst College, Edinburgh University National Service Queens Own Hussars. Work experience with Buzzi Ceriani  Milan. Architectural assistant Morris and Steedman Edinburgh, Murray and Murray Ottawa and David Williams London. Own Practice 1970 onwards, now specialising in Planning and restoration in London and Scotland and restoration advice in Italy. Own projects, Country house Quebec, House Camden Street London (illustrated Architects Journal and House and Gardens) Maisonette Stanley Gardens London (illustrated Architectural Review). Hotels, private houses, shops and restaurants London Flats Paris and South of France Country houses England. Restoration and extension of historic houses in Scotland. Borders award for Hillslap Tower.


Project Manager – John Gleeson BSc MRICS AAGrad Dip Cons

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At the start of his professional career as a chartered Building Surveyor, John spent 15 years in both private and public sector employment dealing largely with the care and management of historic buildings, monuments and sites. In 1986 he joined the College of Estate Management, where he jointly set up and developed the RICS postgraduate diploma course in Building Conservation. He continued as internal Course Director for this course until January 2001, when he set up Gleeson Historic Building Consultants. Since then he has been working as a Historic Buildings Consultant dealing with a wide range of conservation projects, large and small, local and national. He remains in close contact with conservation education as a visiting lecturer and examiner with a variety of educational establishments both at home and overseas.

Gleeson Historic Building Consultants (GHBC) was set up in 2001 by John Gleeson who is the senior partner of the practice. John is a chartered Building Surveyor and graduate of the Architectural Association highly regarded Post Graduate course in Building Conservation. He is also an Accredited Building Conservation Surveyor with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. GHBC are a specialist firm who work specifically in the field of historic buildings and monuments. Their work load involves dealing with a variety of projects both large and small and from church and property inspections to the conservation and repair of large medieval priories. Their geographical area of works takes them from the highlands and islands of Scotland to the Midlands of England and overseas to India, Italy, Gibraltar and France.


Development Director – David Broadfoot MBE.,


Educated at Merchiston Castle School in 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 is now President of Clan Mackenzie UK and was appointed Development Director for the £10 million Pluscarden Abbey appeal in July 2015.


Development 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, helped 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.


The Pluscarden 1230 Pilgrimage Advisor – Professor Phillip Adamo

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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. 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


The Pluscarden 1230 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.