Six new members bring plenty of experience to college board

Dumfries and Galloway College has appointed six new members to its board of management.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 4:28 pm
Dumfries and Galloway College has welcomed some new faces

The new group bring many years of experience, as well as a diverse and expansive set of skills and know-how, to the college’s leadership team.

Senior Bank of England official, Will Dowson, who’s the bank’s Agent for Scotland, joins the board and brings with him a wide range of policy-making and leadership experience, in addition to his knowledge of the public and third sectors and understanding of how technology may help address environmental issues.

He is joined by Richard Nash, director of Natural Power, who has been instrumental in the firm’s innovations in renewable energy, making him a perfect fit for the college which prizes its record and ambition on environmental issues.

Sue Irving, director of Housing Services at Loreburn Housing Association, which owns and supports 2,500 properties in Dumfries and Galloway, also joins the team. Sue will be bringing her experience of leading organisational change, strategic leadership, and driving performance improvement to the board.

Another addition to the board is Professor Malcolm MacLeod, senior deputy principal and senior deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Stirling, whose specialities include improving the student experience and amplifying the voices of students.

They are also joined by Gillian Brydson, director of Skills, Education, and Learning for the Dumfries and Galloway Council, whose 25 years of experience of education leadership and passion for lifelong and professional learning will add a valuable dimension to the board’s approach.

ECO Group managing director Eddie Black has gone from running a single business in 2010 to employing 55 people in several businesses across a wide range of sectors and will bring this talent for variety and innovation with him to the college board.

College chairman Hugh Carr said: “I am thrilled to welcome our six new members to the college board.

“Each one of them brings a unique set of skills, experiences, and knowledge that will help us continue to deliver the first-class educational and vocational opportunities that we are so proud to offer.”