2016 Guest of Honour
Ian Skone-Rees, FSA Scot, President of the St. Andrew’s Society of
Los Angeles and his wife Eileen B. Skone-Rees.
IAN JAMES SKONE-REES
Ian was born in Swansea S. Wales. His maternal grandfather was a Scot (MacColl) and his paternal grandmother (Currie), which clan he represents as Commissioner for the Pacific Region of the United States.
Ian and Eileen married in Los Angeles in 1972 and then returned to the UK where Eileen continued her education at University of Birmingham. Ian was working for the Shell oil company and they lived in Stratford-upon-Avon. Following Eileen’s graduation they decided to move to
Los Angeles, where Eileen’s parents lived, for two years while Ian attended university. Now 41 years later, and two children they are still in LA. During this time Ian worked in the aerospace industry as director of marketing for a components manufacturer; this required frequent travel to the UK, France and Germany. Following one of the cyclical aerospace downturns Ian established his own marketing communications company, initially providing services to the aerospace industry and then concentrating on public education promoting the successful strategies of school districts throughout southern California.
Following retirement Ian further immersed himself in the British community, serving as Vice President in various capacities for the British-American Chamber of Commerce. In 2005 Ian joined the St. Andrew’s Society of Los Angeles and in 2014 after serving as Director of Communications was elected President. Ian has also served on the Executive Committee of the British United Services Club (BUSC).
Ian’s father served in WWII in RAF bomber command and in 1943 was transferred to RCAF 428 Ghost Squadron flying Avro Lancasters. In honour of his father’s service Ian is currently in the process of establishing a branch of the Royal British Legion in Los Angeles.
2015 Guest of Honour
Charles Kinnoull is a Crossbench (independent) member of the House of Lords.
He was educated at Eton College and at Oxford University where he was an open scholar and read Chemistry. He went on to read law at the City University in London and was called to the Bar in 1990.
From 1990 to date he has worked at Hiscox, a specialist insurance group with offices in 12 countries. For 10 years until 2014 he was a member of the Executive Committee that ran the group and is now in a non-executive role.
Charles and his wife Clare live in Perthshire with their 4 children where they farm organically, producing vegetables, beef and lamb for the major UK supermarkets. Clare, who before marriage was the marketing Director of Mont Blanc UK, has on more than one occasion bought their own carrots at a supermarket in London.
Charles is a Captain in the Atholl Highlanders, the Duke of Atholl’s private army, and is a member of The Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland (the Royal Company of Archers). He was with the Atholl Highlanders when they visited Montreal in 2000. In a very happy co-incidence Clare’s Grandfather, Mervyn Crawford DSO, commanded the battalion designated the Atholl Highlanders from D-day until the end of the Second World War.
Charles is also President of The Royal Caledonian Charities Trust and Chairman of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust among various voluntary sector roles.
He was elected to the House of Lords in February 2015 and sits on the Select Committee on Social Mobility among other activities. He is a passionate unionist.