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Iain Hawkins Regional Director North East National Trust for Scotland

Iain joined the National Trust for Scotland in 2016 and oversees the operation of properties within the North East of Scotland. Based at the region’s offices in the Crathes estate, Iain is responsible for a diverse portfolio of properties across Aberdeenshire and Angus including J M Barrie’s BirthplaceBarry Mill, Castle FraserCraigievar CastleCrathes CastleDrum CastleFyvie CastleHaddo HouseHouse of DunLeith Hall and Pitmedden Garden.

Before joining the Trust, Iain spent 22 years working for global visitor attraction operator Merlin Entertainments. One of Iain’s most challenging projects was the re-establishing of Blackpool as the UK’s premier seaside resort. The £17m Blackpool project involved one of the most complex and important UK developments for Merlin in many years, and Iain was chosen to head it up given his long association with the town, the county, and the Merlin brands. The Blackpool cluster of eight attractions was formed including the iconic Blackpool Tower, SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, the Dungeon and the Tower Ballroom.