The Winton teams have grown substantially since the castle was established as an exclusive use events venue in 2000.
Check out the team below, who all play a vital role in running the Castle and the Estate.
Conserve inheritance from the past. Balance the books for today.
Dream of the future.
Trustee-owner and factor for the estate with a surveyor’s training in Edinburgh and Angus.
Winton was Sir Francis’s childhood home and he has striven to make it such for his own family of four children.
He enjoys a project where the result is to improve the use and effectiveness of the estate and contribute to the local economy. If he could mix business with pleasure, it would include music and sporting challenges.
Provide parties for presidents. And Winton Games for sales teams. Conjure fairytale weddings.
And last to shut the doors.
Rae has been linked with Winton Castle for over 30 years, having grown up on the surrounding Estate where she & her family still live.
She began work at Winton Castle back in 2002 with the catering team on some of the first events to take place at the venue. Over the years she has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience, and was at the helm of most of the Weddings for 13 years and has now moved to a more operational role in the running of the Castle.
Rae is a country girl through and through and enjoys being outside in the sun, wind and rain, or sitting by an open fire with a nice cup of tea watching one of her 1000+ DVDs. She and her husband Paul have 3 beautiful and energetic girls who keep her busy in her ‘spare’ time.
Julie joined Winton in early 2010 and brings with her over 30 years of experience in the Tourism & Hospitality Industry. She is never allowed to forget that she has been in the industry longer than some of the team have been alive but her sage wisdom and experience are ALWAYS deferred to.
A cosmopolitan girl at heart (her Mastermind specialist subject would be shopping), she has grown to love estate life and has even been spotted enjoying some of Winton’s outdoor activities!
Johanne joined the Winton Team in December 2022 bringing with her a wealth of experience gained within exclusive five-star hotels, Fonab Castle in the Highlands of Scotland, The Bonham and The Howard in central Edinburgh and historic wedding venue, Borthwick Castle, to name but a few.
Johanne loves to travel, having journeyed around the world in 2013, and enjoys being outdoors enjoying a walk along the beaches near home in East Lothian. Any spare time is spent trying new restaurants or having a cosy night in reading or watching a good murder mystery on TV.
Janis joined Winton July 2008 and since this time her role has grown and developed. Today Janis plays a key role in events at Winton Castle, from Gala Dinners, Conferences, Winton Highland Games, Corporate Team Building days to taking Winton Woodfuel log orders. Janis is our dedicated Winton Trail Run organiser and loves the outdoors.
She enjoys running as a hobby and is always looking for new events to stretch her abilities.
Fay joined the Winton team in April 2018 and brings with her hospitality and events experience from Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh and Switzerland where she spent six years living in Zermatt.
When Fay is not enjoying country adventures from her family farm in Fife, she can be found following her other passions of art history and calligraphy, or as a keen mixologist, concocting a variety of virtuous cocktails!
Christopher has looked after Winton’s marketing since 2005 when Events was a team of one! He continues to be heavily involved in Winton’s marketing as its Virtual Marketing Manager, on a consultancy basis through his full service marketing consultancy, Real Marketing Specialists. He always looks forward to visiting Winton.
Christopher is a marketing consultant who believes passionately that to be successful all businesses have to have a clear, creatively executed marketing strategy. He is a chartered marketer and a specialist in all-things marketing (except Tiktok).
He likes to spend any spare time cycling, skiing, walking, playing tennis and gardening. He is a family man and lives in Haddington, within (occasional) cycling distance of Winton Castle, with his wife, Bornie, and (when they pop in) three grown up children.
You can contact Christopher by email or by calling 07957 870071.
Polish the Chippendales and dust away the stour; Warm the bed pans
And arrange the flo’ers.
Joining Winton in 2004 and becoming Head of Housekeeping in 2007, Hazel manages the busy house keeping team.
Throughout this time Hazel has seen many changes and witnessed the growth of the business. What has remained throughout this time is her dedication to high standards of cleanliness!
Guests tell us we have the cleanest, best kept stately home in Scotland. Hear! Hear!
Offer TLC for an ancient building. Keep out the water – keep in the heat. Move around the furniture and glue back the feet!
Scott joined the team in 2021 bringing a variety of the skills needed to tackle the many facets of his important role as Caretaker at Winton.
With over 2 decades in the motor trade doing after sales, along with a wealth of other practical and hands-on experience from hospitality and road and pavement artistry, Scott is well-placed to take on the challenges of a castle and all the events inside and out!
Scott is a family guy and spends most of his spare time enjoying the outdoors of East Lothian with his family.
Dependable like Mr Ben to be there when you need him and always willing to help. He draws from a lifetime’s experience of gardening where he could drive a tractor before he could walk (almost).
He remains the Highland Games caber champion and can turn his hand to most outdoor work as well as assisting with caretaking duties. Off and on the estate – he can be found moving bee hives.
Calling Kenya his home, Seumas found ‘temporary summer work’ at Winton, but has successfully been persuaded to stay. Having studied agriculture and then completing his safari guiding course in South Africa, a mix of work as the ranger and in on the castle grounds suits him perfectly. His real passion is to expand Winton’s biodiversity and conservation opportunities.
He can be found birding, reading or playing tennis in his spare time.
Sarah is former horticulturalist trainee of The MacRobert Trust in Aberdeenshire but originally coming from the sunny south in Brighton.
She joined in early 2022 to assist Erika in continuing the legacy of nurturing and developing the beautiful gardens at Winton.
She has a love for cut flowers, drinking tea and being near the sea.
Gordon Smith worked as a silvicultural contractor at Winton since the last forestry team was disbanded and now leads a merry band of four! He knows the job inside out having done it since school in the Borders so he’s enjoying passing on his knowledge and skills to three 33 year olds – all from different backgrounds.
Chris Withers is an adventurer, technician, guide and coach in the great outdoors on the water, on snow or leading expeditions off Coll, with a degree in Environmental Studies on the side.
Joe Cox is a Lancastrian mountain goat on two legs or two wheels who followed his passion through his twenties on the other side of the globe to pro-level; having immersed himself amongst nature, now wants to make a contribution for a better environment.
Malcolm McCaskill is our wildcard Canadian carpenter who appeared in a lumberjack shirt for his online interview and we almost offered him the job on the spot! His Scottish roots and his desire to continue working with timber are key to his one-way ticket to Scotland.
Trickster shooting for the visitors, Pheasants feathered for flight;
Controlling Roe deer numbers, and vermin when out at night.
Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Ford, Jeep or even quad bikes, Hugh has experience with them all! Offering off-road driving experiences or driver training on our purpose build track, you’ll be in safe hands with our own BORDA qualified instructor.