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.

Willie is also a board member of Scottish Enterprise and of Skills Development Scotland.  In 2020, Willie was also appointed Non-Executive Chair of Hub South West Scotland Limited, and in August 2021 was appointed to the board of Prestwick Airport where he is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

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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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Norman Bone

Position:  Non-Executive Board Member

Norman was appointed Chair and CEO of Leonardo in the UK on 1 September 2016 and is also Managing Director of Leonardo Electronics, a post he assumed on the formation of the division in February 2019.  Norman leads an international team based in the UK, Italy and the USA.  In his position as Chair and CEO of Leonardo in the UK, Norman is responsible for the growth and development of the business and, in the USA, he is a member of the Leonardo Electronics Inc. Board of Directors.  Norman is co-chair of the Defence Suppliers Forum alongside CEO of UK DE&S, a member of the Defence Growth Partnership Steering Committee, former Chairman of SBAC (now ADS) Scotland and is also Co-Chair of the Committee looking at encouraging Young People into Engineering, under the Sponsorship of HRH The Prince of Wales.

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Beth Clelland

Position: Non-Executive Board Member

Growing up in Ayr, Beth attended Belmont Academy and was involved with the Burns Club of Alloway and Ayr Roberts Burns Club. Beth then studied Business Management at the University of Glasgow before beginning her career on a graduate scheme with Jabil and then onto a position in category management with Maxiim.  Beth is currently an Account Manager at itison..

As a relatively young person, Beth believes that she will make a valuable contribution as a board member and that the experience would equally support her own personal development.

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Scott Cooley

Position: Non-Executive Board Member

A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Scott's background lies in the Nuclear Energy and Defence industries. In his current role as Fuel Route Systems and Defueling Preparations Group Head at Hunterston B Nuclear Power Station, he works with a team of Fuel Route System Engineers in developing the Plant Management and Optimisation strategies to support preparations to enter the Defueling and Decommissioning phases of operation. As an Ayrshire College Board Member, Scott is fully committed to the concept and provision of continual education, training and development as a means of enhancing career opportunities for students.

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Steven Fegan

Position: Elected Staff Member (Service Staff)

Steven currently works within the Schools, Essential Skills and Widening Access department of the College and has been in his current role for 6 years. Steven previously served as Student Vice President of Ayrshire College and Student President of the legacy Ayr College.

Steven’s work concentrates within the HIVE and collaboratively working with curricular areas across their Level 4 programmes, all helping to widen the access of College to the communities in which we serve. He has a passion for making colleges the 1st choice for provision in addition to his passions of equality and wellbeing.

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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, including as Review Board Chair for major investment projects, Steve now holds the position of Head of Operational Requirements & Acceptance for NATS.

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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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Fiona McQueen

Position: Non-Executive Board Member

Fiona began her career as a staff nurse in the early 1980s, and has since progressed to her current role as Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland. Fiona is a strong and active advocate of the educational development of people of all ages and has been personally involved in the development and approval of undergraduate nursing provision across Scotland over the past 25 years.

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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Janette Moore

Janette has been a Lecturer of Social Science with Ayrshire College since 2004. She has active interests in digital technology for learning and teaching and is currently working hard on developing her digital skills to fit into this modern teaching world!

Janette is a newly elected member of the Board and is looking forward to being part of this important team and of the experience it will provide.

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Sharon Morrow

With an honours degree in Health and Social Care and as a registered nurse, Sharon returned to formal education during her career and studied dental nursing.  Later in her career, she studied full time to complete a Masters in Business Administration in 2018.  Sharon was a trainer for the NHS Education for Scotland Practice Manager course and she supported the Modern Apprenticeship programme. Following the sale as Co-owner, Managing and Operations Director with Three Towns and Kilwinning Dental Care, Sharon established 'Tomorrow Services Ltd’ and is currently the Coordinator with The Living Room, a local community hub for people experiencing mental health issues.  Sharon believes her experiences, skills and knowledge working with small to medium enterprises will prove valuable as a Board Member.  Sharon is fully committed to supporting the College and has always promoted continuing education, training and development to support career aspirations.

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Steven Oliver

Position: Elected Student Member (Student Vice-President)

Steven became a student at Ayrshire College in 2019 studying Health and Social Care, and has so far focused on the promotion of mental health and wellbeing. As Student Vice-President, Steven has made the promotion of mental health and wellbeing one of this years’ main priorities for the Student Association.  So far in his capacity as Student Vice-President, Steven has been involved in various campaigns and events, and looks forward to being able to help support the students of Ayrshire College.

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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. Aircraft engineering and airframe maintenance engineering has seen continued growth in South Ayrshire in recent years and has a significant presence at Prestwick Airport.  

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. It was during her time are Irvine Royal Academy that 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 was appointed as Head of Service for Children, Families & Justice Services in North Ayrshire Council in 2019, a role which she continues to fill.

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Carol Turnbull

Position: Principal Ex-Officio

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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. 

Steven is a strong believer in working in tandem with employers and stakeholders to identify employment opportunities and curriculum developments designed to match their needs.  Steven is also strongly supportive of the provision of modern apprenticeships and the role they can play in developing the local economy.

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Matthew Wilson

Position:  Non-Executive Board Member

An Ayrshire native, Matthew is an Incorporated Engineer with the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a Chartered Manager. Following his graduation from the University of Strathclyde, Matthew joined Glasgow Prestwick Airport and held several roles culminating in appointment as Head of Department for Engineering and Capital Projects. 

As of November 2020, Matthew is the Group Head of IT for AGS Airports having previously performed a dual role as Head of Airside Operations (GLA) and Interim Group Head of IT for AGS Airports.  Matthew brings his knowledge and experience to the Board to understand and shape the best ways in which technology can be used to improve the student experience.

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