Willie Mackie

Position: Chairman of the Board of Management

Willie became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland in 2003 and for a period of 11 years, was responsible for Clydesdale Bank’s corporate, agricultural and private banking business across Ayrshire and Arran. In 2013, he established Willie Mackie Consulting Limited, providing business consultancy services to a wide range of clients predominantly based in Ayrshire.


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Heather Dunk OBE

Position: Principal and Chief Executive


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Nicki Beveridge

Position: Board Member

Nicki has a wealth of Human Resources and Business leadership experience gained in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She established her own consultancy NB Coaching & HR Consulting, as she believes in creating success and positive opportunities for all.

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Julie Bradley

Position: Curriculum/Teaching Staff Board Member

Julie is an experienced and valued member of the Essential Skills team at Ayrshire College. She is a key contact for three curriculum areas which allows her to deliver a fully contextualised curriculum to her students through collaboration. 

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Bill Costley

Bill Costley’s achievements have been rewarded with many accolades and is regarded with great respect by his peers in the business community and hospitality industry.

He is one of Ayrshire’s largest employers with over 350 staff employed throughout his businesses.


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Margarette Bryan

Position: Board Member

Margarette worked for Alex Begg of Ayr for over 20 years as their Retail Sales Manager. This position involved the day to day management of the retail side of the business, continual staff training, event planning, merchandising and promoting locally as well as worldwide. 

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Fiona Fawdry

Position: Board Member

Fiona grew up in Kilmarnock and attended Loanhead Primary School followed by Kilmarnock Academy. Fiona got married shortly after leaving school and spent a number of years raising her family before training as a nurse with Ayrshire and Arran Health Board. After a few years working in various care settings she decided to go back to university where she graduated with a BA Hons in Economics and Analysis. 

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Barbara Graham

Position: Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee

A life-long resident of Ayrshire, Barbara was educated at Kilmarnock Academy and Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities.

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Gordon James

Position: Board Member

Gordon has more than 15 years’ experience in purchasing, logistics and supply chain systems in both public and private sectors. A former James Watt College Board Member, he was Supply Chain Manager for a major UK electronics business, overseeing manufacturing, development, outsourcing, warehousing and transportation. 

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Alan McGregor

Position: Board Member

Alan McGregor is Professor of Economic Development in the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow. A labour economist by background, over a period of 40 years he has worked in the broad areas of economic development. 

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Douglas McIvor

Position: Board Member

Douglas returned to Ayrshire College as a board member in March 2016 after a gap of 25 years, having attended Kilmarnock and Ayr colleges as British Aerospace apprentice from 1986 to 1991.

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Lainey McKinlay

Position: Student President

Having been out of education for over 10 years, Lainey returned to study Working with Communities at Ayrshire College in 2014. During this time she was actively involved with the Student Association as a Class Representative and then Executive Officer before being elected as Student Vice President in 2016. 

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Lora Miller

Position: Student Vice President

Having worked within the hospitality industry for more than 20 years, Lora returned to college to undertake a sport and fitness course with a view to a career change.

Last year during her second year of study, she was elected as class representative and was later successfully voted in as an Executive Member of the Student Association.

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Juliana Pyper-McFarland

Position: Support Staff Board Member

Juliana has worked at Ayrshire College for several years supporting students with additional needs.   Previously she has spent time travelling and working abroad as an Accounts Manager in countries such as South Africa, Middle East, America and Australia.

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Alan Walker

Position: Vice-Chair of the Board of Management and Chair of the Audit Committee

Ayr born Alan was educated at Belmont Academy. After an engineering apprenticeship he has worked for 35 years across a number of business sectors. Alan spent five years in Boston, USA, as Director of Operations for Digital Equipment Corporation, then joining the Black and Decker - DeWalt Corporation as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. 

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Tom Wallace

Position: Chair of the Business, Resources and Infrastructure Committee

Born in Ayrshire, Tom brings many years of diverse experience to his role as Chair of the Business, Resources & Infrastructure Committee. After graduating from Glasgow University and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant he has held a number of senior roles at Blue Chip companies working within the finance, business compliance, IS and HR functions. 

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Marri Welsh

Position: Board Member

Marri is the Regional Manager of Food Train (North Ayrshire), an award winning national charity supporting local older people across Scotland.

After graduating from Napier University in 1997 with a BA(Hons)Publishing, Marri’s career began in the marketing of academic textbooks followed by financial services. 

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