Isabel Bruce - Women of Inspiration 2019

David Livingstone Trust

"This Award demonstrates that the Trust is being noticed and this will encourage confidence and pride within our team to achieve success"

Isabel has not only carved out a successful and impactful career, she has also become an exceptional community leader with a long-standing passion for education. As Chair of the David Livingstone Trust, she is the driving force behind a £6.1m project to transform Livingstone’s Blantyre birthplace into a hub of learning and cross-cultural importance, securing funding from the Scottish Government, Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland. She is also a Board member of the Scotland-Malawi Partnership where she encourages multi-sectoral connections between the two nations; her work in Malawi earned her an OBE in 2009. Her contributions to Scottish Higher Education include her contribution to the creation of the University of the West of Scotland. She previously served on the boards of the National Museums of Scotland and NMS Charitable Trust, and was Director of Science and Society for Scottish Government. She currently runs her small business Project Solutions. Isabel is a trailblazer for women in business.

Please describe what the company does

The Trust has been set up to tell the stories behind the memory, beliefs, heritage, and life of David Livingstone for the benefit of the public – all local, national and international communities and diaspora groups regardless of age, sex, religious beliefs or faith in Scotland and throughout the world.

We intend to launch the refreshed Museum, café, shop and parklands next year once our £6.1m Project is complete.

Please describe what your current role within the company is

I am currently Chair and leading our Trustees, in-house team, and volunteers to deliver this exciting Project. We are a very small team and I am very proud of the way we’re all working hard together.

Please tell us about what inspires you, and what this award means to you

I am a proactive Chair and am passionate about delivering new opportunities for organisational growth and integrated diversity. This Award demonstrates that the Trust is being noticed and this will encourage confidence and pride within our team to achieve success.