Janet MacdonaldJanet, who founded the Agar Trust, is one of Alan’s three daughters.  She is a specialist in educational research, with a particular interest in the use, and misuse, of technology for teaching and learning. In 20 years of working for the OU in Scotland she was particularly concerned with the challenges of supporting remote and rural students and staff.  Janet sings, and plays the piano and cello.
Peter Syme Julieis of Angus farming stock, educated in Scotland and at Cambridge University. He worked as a VSO teacher in Nigeria, before joining the Department of Education & Science in London. Subsequently, he was Director of the Open University in London and then in Scotland, until retirement in 2010.  He was awarded the OBE in 2009 for services to higher education, and holds an honorary doctorate from the OU.  He lives now in Edinburgh, with a wide range of interests in history and the arts.
Sandy Barclay Sandy was born in the fishing village of Gardenstown. He spent his entire working life in banking, in branches from Banff to Berwick-upon-Tweed. He has played and listened to jazz for over 50 years.
John Mustard JohnM.Mus., B.Mus. recently retired as Head of the Music Instruction Service at the Moray Council after 30 years. Prior to running the local authority service his performance experience included Akron, Canton and Youngstown Symphony Orchestras, National Repertory Orchestra, and Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble including tours across America, Korea for the 1988 Olympics, Japan, and China. Father of four grown children he has now established a private cello studio at his home in the north east of Scotland where he and his wife live.
Dougie Pincock Juliemade his name as the piper in Battlefield Band during the 1980s.  Since then, his 40-year career has spanned almost every aspect of Scottish traditional music, as a performer, composer, teacher and broadcaster.  He is currently the Director of the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton High School.
Sarah Bevan-Baker Sarahwas born in Aberdeen and grew up on the Black Isle and in Glasgow before studying violin at the Royal College of Music in London.  She has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and several chamber ensembles including Dunedin Consort, Raeburn Quartet and Hebrides Ensemble.  As a musician who grew up in rural Scotland she understands the challenges faced by today's young musicians and is therefore delighted to be involved in the Agar Trust.
Administrative Assistant:
Julie Davidson Julieis originally from Aberdeen, but has lived in the Highlands with her young family for the last 15 years, on Skye and the Black Isle. While on Skye Julie developed a love of traditional music and she has first-hand experience of the challenge in accessing musical education for her children who play the fiddle and pipes. She has extensive education and management experience in the field of paediatric nursing.
We are also supported by a group of much respected advisers, including Katy Bell, Caroline Rham and Murdo Macdonald.

The Agar Trust is a registered Scottish charity, No: SC044645.
Reg address: 'Tigh nam Beithe', Strathpeffer, Ross-shire IV14 9ET, Scotland, UK.
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