New award for Trust chairman

THE MAN who has driven a series of changes at Hospitalfield giving it a fresh vision is the first recipient of a brand new award.

On Wednesday Ken Cargill became the first person to be awarded the Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield Award.

The award recognises Ken’s contribution to the Trust and to the legacy of its founder, artist and visionary Patrick Allan-Fraser.

 Over his period as chair of the Trust since 2009, he has given direction for the Arbroath-based arts, culture and heritage charity.

The instigation of a new constitution, the launch of Friends of Hospitalfield support network, widening access to the local community and the development of a new strategic vision and business plan with associated funding implications are among the achievements under his chairmanship.

Trust vice chair Carol Pope explained: “The Trust are immensely grateful to Ken for his leadership as Chair.

“We are delighted to be able to express this by awarding him the first Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield Award – a forerunner of events planned for the Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield bicentenary in 2013.”

Ken had to withdraw from attending the ceremony on Wednesday due to illness but the certificate was personally handed over to him immediately after the meeting of the Board of Trustees.

An announcement on the new director of Hospitalfield, following the retirement of William Payne after 37 years in post, is expected in the next few weeks.