All of the managers of the St Andrews Foundation serve on a voluntary basis and don’t receive any remuneration or benefits in kind from the Foundation.

Supervisory Board

The members of the Supervisory Board are:

  • Paweł Dębowski
  • Colin Waddell

Management Board

The members of the Management Board are:

  • Ben Bannatyne, Prezes [more]
  • Paul Gogolinski, Wice-Prezes
  • Iain Leyden [more]

We are currently assisted by fellow Scots:

  • Raymond Bridgeford
  • Norrie Sinclair
  • Mark Sutherland [more]

who are not currently members of the Management Board.

Honorary Advisers

We are supported by the following honorary advisers:

  • Dentons [more] – Legal adviser
  • Vistra Corporate Services [more] – Accountant

More information about the members of the team

Ben & Magda at the Caledonian Ball

Ben & Magda at the Caledonian Ball

Ben Bannatyne

Ben came to Poland in October 1997, but has recently relocated to Amsterdam with his Polish wife Magda, and two sons, Samuel & Dylan. Ben is an active member of the real estate community in CEE and currently is the European President of Prologis.

Ben & Magda have been regular attendees at the Caledonian Ball (with the exception of the 3 years they lived in Prague) and this is one of the few events where Ben actually ventures onto the dance floor.

Although now based in Amsterdam, Ben nevertheless remains a regular attendee at the St Andrew’s Caledonian Charity Ball.

Iain and Alex at the 2005 Caledonian Ball

Iain and Alex at the 2005 Caledonian Ball

Iain Leyden

Originally from Airdrie in North Lanarkshire, Iain came to Poland in 2002 where he was to spend two years managing the construction of Złote Tarasy, a mixed-use real estate development. However, he met his wonderful wife Alex, and Warsaw is now home with their son Nicky and daughter Gabi.

Iain has had a lot of fun at Caledonian Balls since 2003 and especially enjoys the ceilidh dancing. Having met the Częstochowa Pipes and Drums at the filming of a Polish television show, Mamy Cię, Iain introduced them to Martyn O’Reilly and the Caledonian Ball.

With the assistance of Martyn, Iain surprised Alex with a marriage proposal at the 2005 Caledonian Ball. Alex thought she had a winning Lottery Ticket but instead she got Iain! At the 2006 Ball they were delighted to announce Alex’s pregnancy with Gabriella.

Iain told us “I am excited to be able to be part of the organisation of the St. Andrews Foundation and the Caledonian St. Andrew’s Ball and I am busily working out new ideas to make the Ball interesting and fun for our guests and allow us to raise money to be able to support our charities”.

Mark Sutherland

Originally from Auchterarder in Perthshire, Mark learned his skills as a chef at London’s Sheraton Park Lane and Dorchester Hotels. While holding the position of Head Chef at Sopwell House Hotel in St Albans, Mark met his wonderful wife Anna.  They were soon to be blessed with a son, Casper, who speaks fluent Polish and English, with a little bit of Scottish!

Mark came to Poland with Anna and Casper in 2015 to take the post of Executive Sous Chef at Warsaw’s Hotel Intercontinental and was subsequently invited to join the World’s Chef Association in Poland (OSSKIC). He has had the privilege of cooking for some great people over the years such as the late Nelson Mandella, the Brazilian and Scottish national football teams, Arsenal football club, and many other celebrities.

While in Poland, Mark and Anna have been blessed with two further children, Lena and Kajetan. Mark said that “I am very proud to be able to part of such a great charity which is very close to my heart after experiencing two very complicated births of my children in polish hospitals”.

Honorary Advisers

Legal Adviser

DentonsDentons is a global law firm with 3,000 lawyers and professionals in more than 80 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, CIS and the Caucasus, the UK, and the US, all of whom are committed to challenging the status quo to offer creative business and legal solutions.


Vistra PolandVistra Poland (previously Trinity Corporate Services) was established in 2004 in Warsaw. The company has grown to become the leading independent provider of trust, corporate, compliance and fund services in the Central and Eastern European region (CEE). Current Clients include multinational corporations, property investment funds, private equity funds and high net worth individuals.

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