2019 Scottish North American Leadership Conference Executive Committee

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John King Bellassai, JD

John King Bellassai is an attorney and management consultant. He is a  graduate of Georgetown University's College of Arts & Sciences and  the Georgetown University Law Center. John's maternal grandfather, after  who he is named, emigrated to New York City from the little Loch  Lomondside town of Killearn (of Rob Roy Fame) in Stirlingshire in 1910.

John's  interest in his Scottish heritage has been a life-long one. He is  President of the Council of Scottish Clans & Associations (COSCA),  which is essentially the national professional association for the clan  societies in America, of which there are some 140. A Past President of  the St. Andrew's Society of Washington, DC, John is currently Vice  President of The National Capital Tartan Day Committee, Inc. (NCTDC) and  Secretary of The Living Legacy of Scotland, Inc. - a founding member of  the Scottish Coalition, USA. Past Chancellor (in-house legal counsel)  of the American Clan Gregor, Society, Inc. (ACGS), John currently serves  as Chairman of the ACGS Board of Trustees, a five-member group which  manages the invested assets of this nonprofit charitable corporation. He  and his wife, Judith Walton, live and work in Washington, DC.

Lt. Governor John Cherry, Jr.

 John Cheery became Michigan's Lt. Governor in 2003 when he was  elected along with Governor Jennifer Granholm. Together, they served as  Michigan's Executive leaders for the constitutionally allotted eight  year. Before that Lt. Governor Cherry served the people of Michigan for  more than 20 years as a State Representative and as State Senator. For  six of those years, he served as the Senate Democratic Leader. During  his nearly three decades of state public service, John Cheery developed a  reputation as a fair-minded legislator who forged relationships with  other legislators regardless of political party. During his service,  John authored and co-sponsored several Michigan laws dealing with  political reform, environmental protection and conservation.

The  Cherry Commission on Higher Education & Economic Growth brought  higher education into the larger discussion of creating and retaining  jobs in Michigan. it was also recognized nationally as a road map for  higher education policy, and it won praises from President Obama when he  came to Michigan to unveil his National Community College Initiative.  During his tenure as Lt. Governor, John Cherry was awarded an Honorary  Doctor of Laws degree from Saginaw Valley State University, an Honorary  Doctor of Public Service degree from Central Michigan University and a  gubernatorial appointment to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.

Camilla G. Hellman, MBE

 

Camilla Hellman's career has been transatlantic relations,  undertaking projects both in Britain and the United States to further  collaboration between the two countries.


Brought up in Britain ("I  am a hodge-podge - English, Scottish, German, French-Swiss"), Camilla  came to the USA in 1990. She loved the challenges and enthusiasm she  found in the States, and started an import company representing leading  luxury manufacturers and selling to major retailers.

Moved by the  events of 9/11, she conceived and led on the creation of the British  Memorial Garden in Manhattan's Financial District and headed its  organization as President from 2002 - 2009, during which time the Park  received four royal visits. The Park was further honored by a visit from  HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2010 when it was renamed the Queen  Elizabeth II September 11 Garden.


Camilla joined the  American-Scottish Foundation in 2009 as Development Director, becoming  Executive Director in 2012 and was elected President in 2017.   In addition to increasing the ASF's  charitable work, she has developed diverse event programs, often  involving exhibits and performances, with a strong multimedia platform.


Camilla represents the ASF on the  National Tartan Day New York Committee.

She also serves on the Board of Make Music New York.


In 2007, Camilla was honored by HM Queen Elizabeth II and awarded the MBE for services to British-American relations.

Gus Noble

 Gus was born in 1969 in Dundee, Scotland. He grew up in the Duns, in  the Scottish Borders. In 1992, after graduating from the University of  Stirling, Gus moved to Chicago, where he worked for the British  Consulate General Chicago for seven years. During this time he  concentrated on developing UK-US trade and investment. In 1999, Gus  completed a Business to Business Marketing Strategy course at  Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  Following 1999's devolution of government authorities in the United  Kingdom, Gus established and operated the first overseas office of the  Welsh Assembly Government in Chicago. Gus took up his current  appointment in August 2004.

Gus serves on the Boards of the  Admiral at the Lake and the Rotary Club of Chicago (ROTARY ONE), the  world's first Rotary Club. Gus is a core member of the Chicago Cultural  Alliance and is a member of the President's Circle of the Chicago  Council for Global Affairs. Gus' interests include playing music and  golf and supporting Newcastle United Football Club.

Gus is married to Aisha. They have a son named Bobby.