Willie Mackie

Position: Chair 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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Elaine Anderson

Position: Non-Executive Board Member

Dr Elaine Anderson has recently retired as an Oncologist in the management of breast cancer for over 30 years. During her career as a surgeon and a senior manager within the NHS, Elaine also lectured at the University of Edinburgh and was an examiner at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Since retiring in 2017, Elaine has drafted the new Cancer and Managerial Strategy for NHS Lothian. She is committed to the provision of education as a means to maximising the skills and opportunities available to the general public and young people in particular.

 

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Fiona Blain

Position: Elected Staff Member (Service Staff)

Fiona is currently an Apprenticeship Officer in Industry Programmes at Ayrshire College, a role that involves working in partnership with Ayrshire’s companies to provide the most appropriate and highest quality work-based learning. Since starting work in the Commercial Activities Department of Ayr College over 20 years ago, her understanding and appreciation of employer needs have been developed and honed.

In 2015, Fiona became a UNISON Representative within the College, which has helped her develop a thorough understanding and knowledge of the College operations.

 

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Margarette Bryan

Position: Non-Executive 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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Scott Cooley

Position: Non-Executive Board Member

Scott is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. He is currently working as Fuel Route Systems and Transitions Head at the Hunterston B Nuclear Power Station in Ayrshire, and his background lies in nuclear engineering and the defence industry. 

Starting his working life as an apprentice, Scott is fully committed to the concept and provision of continual education, training and development as a means of developing and enhancing education and skills.

 

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Steve Graham

Position: Non-Executive Board Member

Steve is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Having spent 10 years in the RAF as an Engineer in support of the Nimrod aircraft, Steve left the Service in 1994. Following a 4-year period working for a large US avionics manufacturer, he joined the National Air Traffic Service (now known as NATS) in 1998. Having served as leader in a number of engineering and computing support roles, Steve was appointed Head of Business Engagement in 2016, a role he continues to fill.

 

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Christopher Hall

Position: Elected Staff Member (Curriculum/Teaching Staff)

Chris is currently a Lecturer in Essential Skills at Ayrshire College. He has also worked across the Education Sector in Scotland in a variety of roles, and in a range of formal and informal settings. He has a strong interest in widening participation and access to Further and Higher Education. Chris has worked in a range of creative learning contexts with partners from the Arts and Local Authorities, including award winning socially engaged theatre company Glas(s) Performance.  

 

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Lauren Howieson

Position: Elected Student Member (Student Vice-President)

Having studied at Ayrshire College for over 3 years, and recently gaining an HNC in Social Sciences, Lauren is very excited to be taking on the role of Student Vice President for the academic year 2019/20.

She is most looking forward to working closely with both students and staff, as well as learning and developing on skills required for the role.

 

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Gordon James

Position: Non-Executive 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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Mary McClung

Position: Non-Executive Board Member

Mary left school to pursue a four-year athletic scholarship in in the USA and became a professional athlete.  She combined her career with part and full-time studies, culminating in the award of a Masters Degree in Performance Psychology. Mary is currently Director of NLP with Aurora Wellbeing and passionately believes in providing people from all parts of society with the opportunity to maximise their potential through the provision of opportunity, environment and encouragement.

 

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Jack McCrindle

Position: Elected Student Member (Student President)

Jack studied Sound Production at Ayr Campus and, at the end of his 2nd year of studies, nominated himself to become part of the Ayrshire College Student Association (ACSA). After a strong year as Vice President in 2018/19, the students elected him as President of ACSA for 2019/20. Jack is also elected as a member of Scottish Executive Committee 2019/20 in the National Union of Students (NUS), which he is really looking forward to being involved in.

 

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Fiona McQueen

Position: Non-Executive Board Member

Fiona is currently Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland, who began her career as a staff nurse in the early 1980s.  As an NHS Board Member of 25 years standing, Fiona is well acquainted with Public Service and the principles that govern public life in Scotland, and is a strong supporter of the College sector and the value that it adds to communities.

 

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Hazel Murphy

Position: Non-Executive Board Member

Hazel qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988 and, after gaining many years’ experience in general practice, she was appointed a partner in William Duncan + Co in January 2008. Whilst in practice, Hazel was also a member of the ICAS South-West Area Training Committee and supported the initiatives of Developing the Young Workforce Ayrshire.

Hazel retired from William Duncan + Co in December 2018 and is enjoying leisure time with her family as well as continuing to provide ad-hoc consultancy services.

 

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Michael Stewart

Position: Non-Executive Board Member

Mike is currently Director of Maintenance at Chevron Aircraft Maintenance Ltd based at Prestwick Airport and brings much sought after aviation and aerospace engineering knowledge and skills to the Ayrshire College Board of Management. 

Mike is committed to the development of the young workforce in Ayrshire, whether it be for the aviation/aerospace industry or for other employers seeking a skilled workforce.

 

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Alison Sutherland

Position: Non-Executive Board Member

Graduating with a Masters Degree in English Literature, Alison has been a member of the General Teaching Council since 1999. Since then her roles have included Depute Head at Ardrossan Academy, Head at Dumfries High School and Head at Irvine Royal Academy. Alison became familiar with Ayrshire College's work as a result of their partnership with North Ayrshire Council, utilising a vacant wing of the Academy.

Alison has very recently been appointed as Head of Service for Children, Families & Justice Services in North Ayrshire Council.

 

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Carol Turnbull

Position: Principal Ex-Officio

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Alan Walker

Position: Non-Executive Board Member

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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Steven Wallace

Position: Non-Executive Board Member

Originally from Girvan, Steven qualified with an Honours Degree in Accounting and Finance at Glasgow University before embarking on a global career with the Weir Group PLC. Steven is currently the Chief Financial Officer for the University of Strathclyde, located in Glasgow. 

He is a strong believer in the provision of educational opportunities as a means of tackling regional economic depression and social deprivation.

 

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