The Charity

The Albion Trust is an independent registered Scottish Charity (SC022661) formed in 1994 specifically to establish Norton Park office complex as the first shared premises project for voluntary sector organisations in Scotland. In developing Norton Park, the Trust was seeking to provide high quality, affordable shared premises for voluntary organisations to enable the sharing of experiences and resources. 

The complex opened in 1998 and now accommodates 26 different charities.

Our Misson

To enable our client groups to become more effective by providing them with facilities which improve the quality and efficiency of their operation.


  • The advancement of the education of the public in Scotland generally and in particular the advancement of the education of persons with special needs in Scotland.
  • The relief of poverty in Scotland generally and for other purposes beneficial to the community not falling under other heads of charity.
  • The provision and improvement of any library, museum, gallery, public hall (or another building), recreation ground or great park for the benefit of the community.
  • The preservation and conservation of sites, buildings or lands of architectural merit, historic importance or natural beauty for the benefit of the community.
  • The preservation and protection of the environment. For the public benefit by seeking to reduce waste and land-fill through the refurbishment, repair and recycling of furniture and equipment which would otherwise be disposed of. Where possible such refurbishment will be carried out as a job creation scheme.
  • The furtherance of the charitable purposes of other recognised/ registered charitable organisations by acting as a resource in the provision of facilities, management or other services for which agreed charges will be made.

Our People

The Albion Trust has a vast variety of skills and experience to enable us to develop our services and create new shared premises projects including the unpaid support and assistance provided by our eight Trustees

  • Shulah Allan MBE - Ex Director retired, Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council
  • Mike Harland - Housing and Community Care Consultant
  • Nigel Henderson - Chief Executive, Penumbra
  • Nan McKenna - Ex Director retired, Edinburgh Volunteer Exchange
  • Andrew Smith - Director, Blyth Smith Chartered Accountant
  • Paul Randall - Managing Director, Paul Randall Associates Chartered Surveyors
  • Susan Smith - Property Manager

Several Trustees have had many years’ experience in the voluntary sector and actively support collaboration and cross boundary working amongst third sector organisations hence their total commitment to providing ‘shared premises’ as an active contribution to social inclusion and environmental strategies.  Trustees meet every 6 weeks

The Trust is managed by our team on a day-to-day basis.

  • Alan Thorburn - Facilities Co-ordinator
  • Brian Thom - Finance Co-ordinator
  • Heather Rutherford - Events Co-ordinator/PA to Development Manager
  • Bobby Waterston - Maintenance Officer
  • Malcolm Thom - Maintenance Officer
  • Marie Stewart - Morning Receptionist
  • Johanna Wisbey - Afternoon Receptionist
  • Colin Oldham - Cleaning Operative

Our staff bring massive energy, commitment and dynamism to our small team whose overriding mission is to expand and recreate our services.