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 and, in 2020, Willie was also appointed Non-Executive Chair of Hub South West Scotland Limited.

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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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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 and a Volunteer Counsellor with Childline.

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, Steve was recently appointed to the position of Head of Operational Requirements & Acceptance for NATS.

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Lauren Howieson

Position: Elected Student Member (Student President)

Lauren is extremely grateful to be moving onto her second year with the Student Association, this time as Student President. Lauren considers it a privilege to be able to help raise the student voice as she know students are very passionate about their educational journey at Ayrshire College.  Lauren's time at the College and position on the Board of Management has provided her with a number of opportunities to learn and grow work-wise and as a person.  She looks forward to creating more memories in her final year with Ayrshire College.

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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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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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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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Sathish Srinivasan

Position:  Non-Executive Board Member

Sathish has been employed by NHS Ayrshire and Arran as a Consultant Eye Surgeon since 2008 and as Joint Clinical Director for the Department of Ophthalmology for 5 years.  Currently an honorary Professor of Health and Life Sciences for the University of West of Scotland, Sathish is also the incoming President for the UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. 

Sathish believes he can bring a range of experience and a fresh perspective as a Board member from his wide experience in serving as a board member for International Professional Organisations.

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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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