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St Andrews Link Trust appointment

14/01/2002

Alastair Dempster has been appointed as a trustee to the St Andrews Link Trust.

Mr Dempster and his fellow Trustees hold responsibility for setting policy, for new developments for the Links, and for ensuring that the Links are run in accordance with the St Andrews Links Order Confirmation Act 1974.

In welcoming the appointment, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Mike Watson said:

"I am delighted that Alastair has agreed to be the Ministerial nominee on the St Andrews Links Trust. He brings with him a wealth of experience which will be of tremendous benefit to the Trust in its work to ensure that the Links maintains its reputation as a world renowned golfing venue."

Mr Dempster, aged 61, lives in Edinburgh. He started work in the Royal Bank of Scotland after leaving Paisley Grammar School and rose to become Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Scotland a position he retired from in 1998. He was appointed to the Board of sportscotland in November 1998 and as Chairman for 4 years from 1 July 1999. He is a 16 handicap golfer at Luffness. He succeeds Mr Bill Ritchie CBE as the Scottish Ministers' appointee on the Trust for three years from 1 January 2002.

The appointment has been made in accordance with Nolan principles and the appointment process was subjected to a paper audit by an independent assessor. The appointment is unpaid. The Trust usually meets 10 times a year.

The St Andrews Links Trust was established in 1974 by a special Act of Parliament to take over the management of the Links from the St Andrews Town Council, which was about to cease to exist. The land remains in the ownership of the local authority, now Fife Council, but the Act gives complete control of the management of the Links to the Trust. Under the 1974 Act, the Trust must "hold and maintain the Links as a public park and place of public resort and recreation for the residents of the town of St Andrews and others resorting thereto". The trust has charitable status.

The 1974 Act provides that in addition to 3 nominations from each of Fife Council and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, one trustee is nominated by the Scottish Ministers and one is the local MP (currently Menzies Campbell).

St Andrews Links comprises 6 golf courses, including the Old Course and is the largest golf complex in Europe.