Board Members

Current officers

  • Katey Witt

    President

  • John Sawyer

    Vice President

  • Ann Pennington

    Past President

Kathryn Witt has been involved with the St. Andrew’s Society for 14 years. Originally from Inverness in Scotland, she emigrated to Toronto in 2006. After feeling a bit homesick, her husband looked up “Scottish things to do in Toronto” and that led them to attending the St. Andrew’s Charity Ball. From there she joined the Ball committee for eight years, six of them as Chair.

During the role of 2nd and then 1st Vice President, Kathryn has also served on the Membership and Communications committee and has developed the Tartan Thistle e-newsletter.

Kathryn graduated from Aberdeen University with a Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching. After teaching in Scotland for 9 years she took part in a teaching exchange to Barrie, Ontario. It was during that year that she met her future husband, Richard. They live in Toronto with their two daughters. Richard is now also the Honorary Secretary of the Society!

Kathryn is very proud of her Scottish heritage and culture along with her love of Canada. She is very honoured to be the President for the next two years and is looking forward to building on the accomplishments of all the Presidents that have gone before her.

John has been on the Board of the Society since 2017, most recently as Chair of the Membership Committee. Believing that membership is necessary to ensure the sustainability of the Society, he will continue his efforts with the Board in attracting new members and retaining existing ones.

John has attended the St. Andrew’s Charity Ball for the past 15 years with his wife Pearl. The Ball, with all its pageantry, tradition and great company been an important and cherished part of every November. His Scottish roots go back to a great-grandparent who settled in Toronto early in the last century. Pearl’s Scottish forebears were among the first to settle in P.E.I. in the 1700’s.

John has extensive experience in both in the public and private sectors. He is retired from the Ontario Public Service where he had managed development of public policy for housing and homelessness. A former CMHC employee, he led the development of NHA Mortgage-Backed Securities for CMHC and went on to help create the MBS market. Before leaving the crown corporation, he was responsible for insurance marketing, business development and communications. As Director of Marketing for the Chicago Title Insurance Company, he was one of the pioneers in the launch of title insurance in Canada. Before joining the Ministry, John had a successful consulting practice in process engineering, change management and communications.

Some of you will know Ann from having served on the Board for as President and Vice-President as well as three years as Hon. Treasurer. Ann has attended the St. Andrew’s Ball with her husband, Kevin Little, for 30 years.

Ann can claim kinship with two past presidents of the St. Andrew’s Society in her cousins the late John and Margaret Catto. Her maternal grandfather was a Catto (Chattan, MacIntosh). Her husband, Kevin, is currently serving as the Chair of the Investments Committee.

Current officers

Katey Witt

President

Kathryn Witt has been involved with the St. Andrew’s Society for 14 years. Originally from Inverness in Scotland, she emigrated to Toronto in 2006. After feeling a bit homesick, her husband looked up “Scottish things to do in Toronto” and that led them to attending the St. Andrew’s Charity Ball. From there she joined the Ball committee for eight years, six of them as Chair.

During the role of 2nd and then 1st Vice President, Kathryn has also served on the Membership and Communications committee and has developed the Tartan Thistle e-newsletter.

Kathryn graduated from Aberdeen University with a Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching. After teaching in Scotland for 9 years she took part in a teaching exchange to Barrie, Ontario. It was during that year that she met her future husband, Richard. They live in Toronto with their two daughters. Richard is now also the Honorary Secretary of the Society!

Kathryn is very proud of her Scottish heritage and culture along with her love of Canada. She is very honoured to be the President for the next two years and is looking forward to building on the accomplishments of all the Presidents that have gone before her.

John Sawyer

Vice President

John has been on the Board of the Society since 2017, most recently as Chair of the Membership Committee. Believing that membership is necessary to ensure the sustainability of the Society, he will continue his efforts with the Board in attracting new members and retaining existing ones.

John has attended the St. Andrew’s Charity Ball for the past 15 years with his wife Pearl. The Ball, with all its pageantry, tradition and great company been an important and cherished part of every November. His Scottish roots go back to a great-grandparent who settled in Toronto early in the last century. Pearl’s Scottish forebears were among the first to settle in P.E.I. in the 1700’s.

John has extensive experience in both in the public and private sectors. He is retired from the Ontario Public Service where he had managed development of public policy for housing and homelessness. A former CMHC employee, he led the development of NHA Mortgage-Backed Securities for CMHC and went on to help create the MBS market. Before leaving the crown corporation, he was responsible for insurance marketing, business development and communications. As Director of Marketing for the Chicago Title Insurance Company, he was one of the pioneers in the launch of title insurance in Canada. Before joining the Ministry, John had a successful consulting practice in process engineering, change management and communications.

Ann Pennington

Past President

Some of you will know Ann from having served on the Board for as President and Vice-President as well as three years as Hon. Treasurer. Ann has attended the St. Andrew’s Ball with her husband, Kevin Little, for 30 years.

Ann can claim kinship with two past presidents of the St. Andrew’s Society in her cousins the late John and Margaret Catto. Her maternal grandfather was a Catto (Chattan, MacIntosh). Her husband, Kevin, is currently serving as the Chair of the Investments Committee.

Board Members

Additional committee members from both the St. Andrew’s Society and the St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation are listed below. They may be reached through the Contact Us page.

  • Rory Sinclair Charity Ball Committee

  • Keith Beveridge Foundation Grants Committee

  • Major Matt Aggus Grand Marshal

  • Kevin Little Investments Committee

  • Alec Clute Legal Counsel

  • Brendan Fyfe Marketing & Events Committee

  • John Sawyer Membership Committee

  • Richard Witt  Secretary

  • Graham Desson Treasurer

  • Peter Fleming Member-at-Large

  • Bill Sayers Member-at-Large

  • Allison Hannah  Member-at-Large