Board Development Committee

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A Technology and Business Studies graduate, Caroline initially worked in the City of London where she trained as an Investment Analyst. She returned to Scotland and managed three companies before moving into business consultancy and then joining Oracle as global industry advisor for 16 years. She is now an independent consultant.

She has been a Commissioner on both the Widening Access and Make Maths Count Commissions.

Caroline sits on various Boards and Committees including SFC and SPA.  She joined Dumfries and Galloway College as Chair of the Board of Management in February 2022 and sits on the following Committees: Chair of Board Development Committee, Grievance Committee, and Finance and General Purposes Committee.

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Claire studied photography in Edinburgh and then spent over 15 years as an HR practitioner in Scotland working for a variety of different businesses such as the Royal Bank of Scotland, AO.com and Specsavers before she founded Realise HR, an HR consultancy in 2015. Claire founded Realise HR to make a difference to people’s working lives and works with small to medium businesses and large organisations, both locally and across the UK. Realise HR has created 9 jobs for people in that time and has further ambitions to grow. Claire started her career with the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh then progressed to HR management of small teams within global businesses before moving into HR Director roles where she focused on strategic people planning and building competent teams to support company growth. To relax at the weekend Claire loves to read, travel and enjoys good food with her husband David and daughter Molly Rose.

Claire joined DGC Board of Management in April 2022 and sits on Remuneration Committee, Finance and General Purposes Committee and Board Development Committee.

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Danielle is President of the Student Association for Dumfries & Galloway College’s Dumfries Campus. She previously worked in the Motor Industry for 6 years with responsibilities in Customer Services & Human Resource Management. She made the decision to return to Higher Education in 2020 to strengthen her future career prospects and has since completed a HNC & HND in Business. Danielle is now studying year 3 of BA Rural Business Management alongside her role within the Student Association and is keen to use her range of skills to help transform the student experience.

Danielle sits on Learning and Teaching Committee and Board Development Committee.

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Gillian is the Director of Skills, Education and Learning with responsibility for all schools in Dumfries and Galloway. She has strong regional roots, a commitment to the students and employers in Dumfries and Galloway and over 25 years of education management experience from the College, University and School sectors.

In her early career she qualified as a physiotherapist and following clinical work for the NHS, gained postgraduate qualifications in Biomechanics from Strathclyde University and worked as a lecturer for Queen’s College and Glasgow Caledonian University. As a senior lecturer at GCU she was responsible for Masters programmes within the Faculty of Health which led to an ongoing commitment to develop routes for the professional accreditation of skills and work related learning. A change of direction to the school education sector brought the chance to return home to Dumfries and Galloway and she has worked for the Dumfries and Galloway Council Education Authority for the last 18 years in senior management roles.

She has a Doctorate in Education from the University of Glasgow which focussed on developing leadership of learning to shape schools for the future and is an advocate of lifelong and professional learning.

Gillian joined DGC Board of Management in April 2021 and is a member of the following Committees:  Chair of Audit Committee, Learning and Teaching, and Board Development Committee.

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Malcolm is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen. He is currently Senior Deputy Principal at the University of Stirling where he has responsibility for the management, resourcing, and strategic direction of the university. He is also a Professor of Experimental Psychology. His research focusses on the mechanisms that control memory retrieval, and how these interplay with the social and physical world around us. He has held a number of senior management positions including Provost of St Leonard’s College, and Vice Principal for Enterprise and External Relations at the University of St Andrews where he spent most of his career.

He is the academic lead for the University of Stirling on the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Regional Deal, and is passionate about the role of universities and colleges as drivers for economic and social change. Malcolm is currently a member of the Scottish Land Commission’s Leadership Taskforce on Derelict and Unused Land, the Clackmannanshire Commission, and a board member and trustee of various companies, organisations and trusts, including Stirling Court Hotel Services.

Malcolm was appointed to the Board of Management in March 2021, and is currently Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee, a member of the Remuneration Committee, and the Board Development Committee.

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Richard qualified as a chartered certified accountant back in 1997, progressing onto fellowship status (FCCA).  After starting his career within the finance department at Essex University, Richard progressed through a number of service-related industries including timber importers, freight forwarding and shipping agency, the cruise industry, and holiday travel agency.  In 2013, Richard moved himself and his family to SW Scotland to commence his current role as Finance Director and Company Secretary for a global renewable energy consultancy and service operations business.  In addition to finance, this also involves directing the business support functions for the company.

Richard’s voluntary interests have previously been successfully developing and growing a running club, progressing to chairing the county athletics association for several years.  After moving to Scotland, these running interests translated to directing local running events including the 10km run in Gatehouse of Fleet and the Half Marathon race in Kirkcudbright.

Richard was appointed to the Board of Management in March 2021.  He is Chair of the Finance and General Purpose Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee and Board Development Committee.

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Sue is Director of Housing Services for Loreburn Housing Association and was previously Chief Executive Officer of the award-winning Dumfries & Galloway Citizens Advice Service.  Sue worked for many years with third sector organisations supporting people affected by homelessness and spent four years working for the Scottish Government as their Health and Homelessness Coordinator.

As well as being on the College Board Sue is also a non-executive Director of Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce and a Trustee of Centre Stage Youth Theatre. She has a Master of Business Administration from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and returned to her native south west Scotland in 2008 having spent 20 years living and working in the north east of Scotland.  Sue’s other great passion in life is being a lifelong supporter of Liverpool Football Club.

Sue was appointed to the Board of Management in March 2021. She is currently Chair of the Remuneration Committee, is a member of the Audit and Board Development Committees.

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