Governance

Our Mission

The mission of The American-Scottish Foundation®, an international not-for-profit organization, is to establish links and strengthen ties between Scotland and the United States, through the pursuit of contemporary social, cultural, educational, and business activities.

The mission remains as relevant today as when ASF was founded in 1956 by Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton - to champion the extraordinary relationship between the peoples of Scotland and the United States - a bridge between the two great countries - seeking to strengthen & support the future of the Scottish American diaspora, and its legacy.


Board of Directors

Kenneth Donnelley
(Chairman)

Native born Scot from Lanarkshire, Scotland. American citizen, Kenneth came to the USA to work for Pan American Airways i 1982. He now lives in Ridgefield, CT.

An avid cyclist, golfer, skier and curler!

Senior Program Manager at Mitsubishi Bank of Tokyo, New York specializing in Global Investment Banking, Commercial Banking and Global Markets

  • Current President of the Robert Burns Society of New York City, founded 1871
  • Chairman, American-Scottish Foundation
  • Member, International Advisory Board of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, ranked #3 college of drama in the world
  • Member, International Advisory Board of University of the Highlands, Inverness, Scotland
  • Member of President’s Club, Glasgow City Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of the University Club, NYC
  • Past President of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, New York Branch
  • Past President of the Saint Andrews Society of CT
  • Listed in the Social Register

Education
Glasgow University, Scotland, B.Sc. Computer Science & Mathematics.
Wharton School of Business (UPenn.) Corporate Financial Analysis.


Elizabeth De Forest Scott
(Vice Chairman)

Elizabeth DeForest Scott has been a trustee or officer of a variety of non-profit organizations and foundations engaged in fine art, rare books, cultural exchanges and charities. They are often Anglo-American and international in scope. The American Museum in Britain, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, English-Speaking Union, Friends of Canterbury Cathedral and the American-Scottish Foundation are a few of them.

She grew up in North Yonkers and studied English and American Literature at Syracuse University and Columbia University. Elizabeth has chaired numerous volunteer committees over the years, with a particular interest in groups involved in international relations and Anglo-American history (two of her grandparents were born in England). Her interest in the field dates back to the days of World War II, when she encountered English children sent for safety to the United States and other English speaking countries.


CAMILLA G. HELLMAN, MBE
(President)

Camilla’s career has been in transatlantic relations, undertaking projects both in Britain and the United States to further collaboration between the two countries.

Brought up in Britain, Camilla came to USA in 1990 and started an import company representing leading luxury manufacturers and selling to major retailers.

Moved by the events of 9/11, she conceived and led on the creation of the British Memorial Garden in Manhattan’s Financial District and headed its organization as President from 2002 – 2009. The Park was honored by a visit from HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2010 when it was renamed the Queen Elizabeth II September 11 Garden.

Camilla joined the American-Scottish Foundation in 2009 as Development Director, becoming Executive Director in 2012 and President of ASF in 2017.

Camilla represents the ASF on the
- National Tartan Day New York Committee
- The Scottish Coalition USA
- The Scottish NA Leadership Conference

  • Camilla is a Director of Make Music New York.
  • Member Pilgrims Society
  • Member Foreign Press Association (past Board Member 2015 - 17)
  • Member US Director of Marketing The Luxury Channel
  • Member National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NY Chapter)
  • Member Arts Club Washington DC

In 2007, Camilla was honored by HM Queen Elizabeth II and awarded the MBE for services to British-American transatlantic relations.


Robert Thompson
(Treasurer)

Thompson is a retired senior financial executive with over forty years of experience in a broad variety of industries in both private and public enterprises. Such experience includes –

  • Initial Public Offering, M&A analysis and evaluation, the raising of venture capital and debt restructuring. He also has extensive experience in turnaround situations including Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Thompson graduated from Monmouth University in 1973 with a BA in Political Science going on directly to Rutgers University Graduate School of Business where he earned an MBA with a concentration in finance in 1975.
  • Thompson started his career at Allied Chemical Corporation (now Honeywell) in Morristown, NJ as a financial analyst. Over the next years he worked in positions of increasing responsibility at Allied, Hanlin Group, United Auto Group and as a Partner in Tatum LLC where he restructured several troubled companies among other engagements.
  • Bob serves as Treasurer and is a member of the board of directors of The American-Scottish Foundation, Inc. and The College of Arms Foundation, Inc.

David Disi

David Disi has worked for over a decade at a large investment bank in New York, holding management roles in strategy and risk, after starting out in emerging markets credit sales. In addition to his career in finance, Dave was a Ranger-qualified infantry officer in the US Army and Army Reserve who served three active duty deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism, leading infantry troops in direct combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan and then serving in a diplomatic staff position in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Dave first came to Scotland to study finance and economics at the University of Glasgow, where he obtained an MPhil from the Adam Smith School of Business. He also holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MBA from Columbia Business School, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, and an MSt from the University of Cambridge (Emmanuel College).

David is active with Scottish and other UK organizations in New York, serving on the boards of the Robert Burns Society of the City of New York, and CantabNYC, as well as being a member of the Pilgrims Society and a member of the Order of St. John, where he is active in the St. John Volunteer Corps.

He is also on the board of stewards for the Saint Nicholas Society and on the admissions committee for the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York.


John Kinnear

John Kinnear Architect practices primarily in New York City, Connecticut, and Dutchess County, with projects throughout the United States and Great Britain. Mr. Kinnear maintains a general architectural practice in diverse project types and styles, believing that successful design is a function of proportion, rhythm and balance, and that these principles apply to all architecture.

Recent projects include the restoration of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century homes, The British Garden in Hanover Square, NY, medical facilities in Washington, D.C. and Houston, as well as new homes built with traditional materials. All projects incorporate energy conservation balanced sites and “green” design.

Mr. Kinnear is President of the American Friends of the Georgian Group and Chairman of the Architectural Advisory Committee and Village District Consultants in Ridgefield, Connecticut.


Olivia McLaren

Olivia McLaren is a U.S. qualified attorney (New York) who operates a law firm in Edinburgh dedicated to strategic immigration assistance for businesses wishing to establish or strengthen a U.S. presence and individuals interested in visiting, working in, or immigrating to the United States of America.

After graduating from Duke University School of Law in 2004 with a J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law, Olivia worked in U.S. immigration and nationality law in New York City for a decade.

While in New York, she co-authored the immigration law column for the New York Law Journal and became involved in the American-Scottish Foundation as a volunteer and Board member.

In 2014, Olivia moved to Scotland, where she resides with her husband, son, and two NYC alley cats. Olivia regularly writes and speaks on U.S. immigration law topics and serves as the Scotland correspondent for The American magazine.


Heather M. Quist

Heather is a writer and editor with over 30 years’ experience in New York’s non-profit, financial services and film sectors.

Her principal financial clients include PGIM Investments (Prudential), JP Morgan Securities, Deutsche Bank and Citibank. Her work in the non-profit sector includes the American-Scottish Foundation (Board member), New York Caledonian Club (previous Board member), National Tartan Day New York Committee, Canadian Association of New York, Bard Graduate Center, the Twentieth Century Fund and the American Museum of Natural History. Film projects include the documentary “The Vanishing City” about New York City development.

With the American-Scottish Foundation, she has been very involved in writing grant proposals, press releases and social media, giving oversight to the written word’s voice.


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