Who’s Who at Big Hearts Community Trust


Chairman Jim Panton started his relationship with Heart of Midlothian FC. in 2009 when as Chief Executive of Erskine he was part of the very successful 2 year partnership between Hearts and Erskine.  Prior to that, as a former Army helicopter pilot, Jim was Chief Executive of PoppyScotland during the re-branding of that organisation from the Earl Haig Fund Scotland.  Alongside his current role with Big Hearts, he is now Chief Executive of his family’s engineering firm, Panton McLeod, and a Trustee of the International education charity COCO, which he co-founded in 2000 with former Olympic athlete Steve Cram. 



Lawrence Broadie is an experienced commercial, marketing and communications leader, who works across sport, community engagement and education and is extensively connected within Scottish football. A former head of marketing at Hearts until 2011, more recently he acted as consultant to the Foundation of Hearts in their campaign to secure Hearts' future out of administration.  

Billy Watson is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH) and joined the board of Big Hearts in 2014. Billy is a life long Hearts fan and brings a host of experience in from not for profit organisations, including ten years in various roles with the RNIB culminating in 4 years as Group Director there before his move to SAM in 2008.

   Tim Gardiner operates as a freelance Finance Director or Non-executive Director for a number of SMEs. Tim is the former Managing Director of Mackies at Taypack (Mackies Crisps), immediately prior to that role he was Group Financial Director at Taylors Food Group, Between 2003 and 2009 he was Financial Director and Company Secretary of The Hibernian Football Club. His career incorporates senior financial positions within a multitude of industries - real estate development, distribution, healthcare, water quality, manufacturing, horticulture, data analytics, financial services and professional sports.  


Ann Budge – who hardly needs any introduction, is the current owner and Chairperson of Heart of Midlothian FC. Ann is the first majority shareholder of the football club to sit on the Big Hearts board.  Her willingness to be part of the Big Hearts Board is just another indicator of Ann’s dedication to the broader community impact that she is looking for from the Club’s overall activities.


David Sellar QC is the latest addition to the Board and has done company and insolvency work for some 30 years with much of that taking place in the City of London.  He has been a partner in a solicitors' firm in Scotland and also taught at Edinburgh University. Much of David Sellar's work is advisory.


David Bruce represents the City of Edinburgh Council, where he is a Senior Manager in the Education department, and stands in on the Big Hearts board for Gillian Tee, Edinburgh Council’s Director of Children and Families Services.  Both of them represent a key link to one of our major service partners.


Caryn Kerr joined Big Hearts as General Manager in May 2015 and brings a wealth of experience across the Scottish charitable and public sectors, including leadership roles within the Scottish Government, YouthLink Scotland and The Prince's Trust Scotland. An experienced project manager and fundraiser, with a strong communications background, Caryn is responsible for the general running the charity, and reports directly to the Board of Trustees.

Caryn holds a first class honours degree of MA History & Politics from the University of Aberdeen and has a Postgraduate Diploma in PR from Queen Margaret University.

She lives in Dunfermline with her husband and young son and, in her spare time, can usually be found at the local pool, play park and soft play - and all before 10am!


Craig Wilson was delighted to join Big Hearts on a permanent basis in September as our Communications & Fundraising Officer.

Craig had previously supported Big Hearts on a voluntary basis and was part of the team which organised the hugely successful “Big Hearts’ Big reunion” in November 2014.

Craig has a range of experience in communications, fundraising and customer service, largely gained during 8 years working with Bank of Scotland. Craig graduated from Queen Margaret University in 2013 with an honours degree in Public Relations & Media.

As part of the Hearts’ Fans Rally Team Craig has helped raise over £80k for Heart of Midlothian and related causes since 2012.