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Winton Teams

The Winton teams have grown substantially since the castle was established as an exclusive use events venue in 2000.

Ogilvy Family
Conserve inheritance from the past. Balance the books for today.
Dream of the future.


  • Sir Francis Ogilvy
    Factor
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    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 works as factor for Winton Estate, separately from his own surveying, architectural and estate agency practice of Ogilvy Chalmers, based locally in Haddington.

    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.
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  • Dorothy Ogilvy

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    Mother of four whilst still involved as musician and teacher in Edinburgh.
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  • Ogilvy Family

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    FAMILY TREE – (Monkeys L-R):  Hamish, Robert, Elspeth & Calum
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Winton Events
Provide parties for presidents. And Winton Games for sales teams. Conjure fairytale weddings.
And last to shut the doors.


  • James Maynard
    General Manager
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    James came from a luxury retail and hospitality background.

    Previous badges include coffee roaster, events, stadia (Wembley Stadium), livery halls, luxury retail in Knightsbridge (Harrods), and luxury hospitality in Palm Beach America (The Breakers Beach Resort and Spa).

    At The Royal Institution of Great Britain, James worked his magic in the busy world of Mayfair in London managing bespoke events and hospitality for the public. These included high profile, inspirational events for the Queen, Prince Charles, Tony Blair, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates.

    James originally has roots in Leeds in Yorkshire, then moved to Surrey where school and The University Of Surrey beckoned with a degree in Retail and Hospitality Management.

    James fell in Love with Scotland when looking for a wedding venue for his Scottish fiancée, Suzanne, and chose Winton Castle. The job as General Manager followed shortly afterwards. Winton had impressed him so much, he had to work here!
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  • Paul Nixon
    Deputy Manager
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    Paul joined Winton in September 2014 and has a varied and diverse skill set enabling him operationally manage a variety of events at Winton Castle for a wide range of clients, from Weddings to Funerals!

    Born and raised in Cheshire, before joining Winton Paul worked for some of Scotland's most popular attractions including, Deep Sea World, National Museums of Scotland, Scottish Seabird Centre and Cairngorm Mountain.

    He is also a Board Member of ASVA - Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions and sits on the STA Council (Scottish Tourism Alliance).
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  • Julie Britee
    Sales Manager
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    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!
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  • Janis Ward
    Events Manager
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    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 House, 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.
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  • Rae McGonigle
    Wedding and Events Manager:
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    Rae has been linked with Winton House for over 30 years, having grown up on the surrounding Estate where her family still lives.

    She began work at Winton House 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 working in the House, while also studying for a diploma in Wedding Planning. This has set her in good stead for the position she now holds as Wedding Events Executive.

    Rae is also an expert barista, coffee connoisseur and experienced supervisor after 4 years of working in a well known coffee house in her 'spare' time.

    Rae is a country girl through and through and enjoys being outside in the sun, wind and occasional rain, or sitting by an open fire with a nice cup of tea watching one of her 800 DVDs. Another joy of Rae's is taking part in charity events, having completed a sky dive for charity, Maggie's Monster Bike and Hike 2009, Pedal for Scotland 2009 and Race for Life 3 times; she is always on the hunt for the next big challenge!
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  • Christopher Lamotte
    Marketing Consultant
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    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 outsourced Marketing Manager, on a consultancy basis. He always looks forward to working at Winton.

    Christopher is a marketing consultant who believes passionately that successful businesses should practice good marketing. He is a chartered marketer and a specialist in professional digital marketing.

    Founded in 2002, Christopher has built up his own strategic and marketing consultancy, Real Marketing Specialists. The firm provides full service, multi-channel marketing consultancy. This covers traditional and digital channels, from strategy to detailed execution. Marketing services include strategic marketing consultancy and flexible marketing management to the tourism, property, professional services, technology and education sectors.

    Christopher likes to spend any spare time cycling, skiing, walking, tennis and gardening. He is a family man and lives in Haddington, within cycling distance of Winton Castle, with his wife, Bornie, and three (nearly) grown up children.

    You can contact Christopher by email or by calling 01620 825751 or 07957 870071.
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Housekeeping
Polish the Chippendales And dust away the stour; Warm the bed pans
And arrange the flo’ers.


  • Hazel Parker
    Head Housekeeper
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    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!
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  • Maureen Egan
    Housekeeper (self-catering)
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    Maureen takes pride in our 2 large self-catering properties and is responsible for changeovers.  A mum of 3 girls Maureen is kept super busy at home and on the Estate.
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  • Lorna Gallagher
    Housekeeper
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  • Carol Murray
    Housekeeper
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  • House Keeping Team

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    Lorna, Carol,  Elaine, Kimberly and Susan complete the highly efficient, friendly team behind the scenes. They take exceptional pride in their work with fantastic results.
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Caretaking & Gardening
Offer tlc for an ancient building. Keep out the water - keep in the heat. Move around the furniture and glue back the feet!


  • Bede McCabe
    Security & Operations Manager
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    Bede’s background is as a Community and Military Policeman with an MBE to prove it.

    His original role in 2011 has developed to include responsibility for all the outside team. He has particular interests in wildlife and history; when blended with a personal, but dependable brand of humour, there is always spice to life.

    When off-duty at Winton, he’s often on-duty with the cubs, the church or helping with Mary’s Meals.
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  • Douglas Thomson
    Assistant Caretaker & Gardener
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    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.
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  • Toby Subiotto
    Head Gardener
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    An experienced plantsman from his years at Kew, The Botanics and private gardens.  An interest in woodland gardens and Mediterranean style planting.  This is reflected in the continuing restoration of the gardens at Winton.   The mixed borders now have a vibrancy and colour throughout the year, making Winton truly a garden for all seasons.

    Try testing Toby on his Latin names and you’ll get the whole plant family!
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  • Claudia Pottier
    Assistant Gardener
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    As Toby’s assistant an eye for detail and a love of life are essential. Ably assisted by Mr Bear (Jack, the Winton terriers best friend). Tiptoeing through the tulips comes naturally to this ex dancer who may also be found heading up Dr Neil’s garden in Duddingston.
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  • Stuart Ogston
    Winton woodfuel
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Activity Instructors
Trickster shooting for the visitors, Pheasants feathered for flight;
Controlling Roe deer numbers, and vermin when out at night.


  • Hugh Roberts
    Off Road Driving Instructor
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  • Billy Gordon
    Shooting Instructor
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    As 24 times Scottish champion, he has every reason to show off, but takes persuasion. An instructor second to none, with novice and experienced guns.
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