Committed to the Cause
Grenville Johnston qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1968. Educated at Fettes College, Grenville spent most of his career working for the family accountancy firm W D Johnston & Carmichael of which he became Senior Partner in 1975 until he retired in 2000, continuing as a consultant until 2005. Grenville holds the rank of Lt Colonel for his long service in the Territorial Army and served as HM Lord-Lieutenant of Moray from 2005 - 2020. As well as the Fresson Trust, Grenville is involved with many Moray charities including Elgin Museum and Morayvia.
Richard Fresson is the son of Captain Ted Fresson and grew up being flown around by his father when his mother allowed! Also educated at Fettes College, and Glasgow College of Technology, Richard progressed from his career in the Royal Air Force to the whisky industry and became a director at Leven and Shieldhall Distillers before his retirement.
He has dedicated his life to the memory of his father and the remarkable legacy he left behind. Richard now lives in Findhorn.
Chris Birks joined the Royal Air Force as a young man and enjoyed a long career flying the Nimrod MR2, and spending the majority of his career at RAF Kinloss where he was not only the Officer in Charge of 201sqn but also became Station Commander.
Chris reached the rank of Group Captain before he retired and turned his attention to civilian aviation flying for NetJets where he is still an operational captain.
Chris heads up the Disbursement Committee and lives in Nairn
Phil Dacre enjoyed a long career as a Royal Air Force Pilot serving from 1962 until his retirement as a Group Captain in 1995, although he continued to with AEF flights until 2004. During his career he also enjoyed postings to join the USAF and RCAF and since his retirement has remained heavily involved with the Air Training Corps.
Phil is also a member of disbursement committee and lives in Kellas in Moray.
Mark Fresson is the grandson of Captain Ted Fresson and lives in the Highlands of Scotland where he is a successful architect.
Tim Whittome has a background in engineering but is better known locally for his company Caledonian Air Surveys Ltd which has clients all over the UK making use of his state of the art airborne photography equipment. Tim lives in Inverness and has had a long association with HIAL as a Non-Executive Director to the Board
James Hamilton is the grandson of William Hamilton of MacRae & Dick - the motor dealership which championed Captain Ted Fresson throughout his years of pioneering aviation in the Highlands and Islands.
James manages the Trusts Website and IT and also supports the social media team. He lives near Glasgow with his young family.
Russ Torbet enjoyed a 32 year career in the RAF from 1977 - 2009 as a fast jet pilot operating both the Jaguar and Tornado and became Station Commander at RAF Lossiemouth. Russ retired as an Air Commodore and moved to Thales managing the Tornado GR4 simulator programme until 2014 when a further move took him to Bristow Group where he is now a Senior Director.
Colin McGregor enjoyed a 20 year career in the RAF flying the Tornado GR4 before retiring in 2007 to join Eastern Airways. He is now a civilian instructor on the Typhoon simulator at RAF Lossiemouth.
A keen cyclist, he lives in Elgin with his family and is on the disbursement committee and social media team.
Emma Henderson spent 2 years on a University Air Squadron in the 1990s but it was another 8 years before her training recommenced as a civilian pilot, becoming a PPL instructor for 3 years. She started working for easyJet in 2010 flying the Airbus A320 and became a Captain in 2016. She is a STEM Ambassador and peer mentor and as a result of the Covid crisis, she took voluntary redundancy in 2020 to save the jobs of her colleagues and focus on running the charity she founded in March of that year. She sits on the
disbursement committee and social media team and lives at Kinloss with her family.