Finance & General Purposes Committee

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A former graduate of Dundee University, Joanna commenced her Tertiary Education career, spanning over 22 years, as a Lecturer in Computing before progressing into a number of senior management roles.

Joanna joined Dumfries & Galloway College as Principal in June 2019 from City of Glasgow College, where she held the post of Vice Principal Student Experience. Here she gained a wealth of experience in leading transformational change, curriculum innovation, widening access, and performance excellence. Whilst at City of Glasgow, Joanna was the Chair of the Regional Learning and Teaching Group and the Glasgow Regional STEM Hub.

Prior to working at City of Glasgow College, Joanna was Assistant Principal for Learning and Teaching at Fife College where she was instrumental in establishing the first regional STEM Strategy and the award-winning ‘Girls into Energy’ programme with Shell UK.

Whilst Head of Department for Life Sciences, Maths and Computing at Forth Valley College, Joanna initiated the Engineers of the Future programme; an award-winning work based learning degree in partnership with Heriot Watt University and INEOS Manufacturing Ltd. She also led the college to become the first STEM Assured College in Scotland in 2012 an innovative skills-based Life Science degree with the University of Stirling.

Joanna also works as an Associate Assessor for Education Scotland, Chairs the Digital Skills Partnership Board and is a member of The Data Lab’s Skills Advisory Board.

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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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Group Managing Director, Eco Group

Eddie spent 20yrs as a Fisherman and Trawler Captain before becoming the Managing Director and Founder of an extremely diverse group of companies, ECO.

Eco-Genics specialist Dry Ice Cleaning was Founded in 2010, starting from home with just 2 people. Over the years ECO has created jobs for over 55 employees across a range of business which encompass; Dry Ice Cleaning, Dry Ice Manufacturing, Training, Communications and IT, Construction and Design, Furniture and Fit Out, Process Solutions, Brand Development and Upholstery.

ECO have built their own state-of-the-art new headquarters in Annan. As well as securing a 10 year- multi million pound contract with a major blue-chip client. The investment in the local region is over £5 million and will create a further 20+ jobs. Team ECO are a solutions business and have no intention of slowing down. ECO is involved with forward thinking, next generation technologies and is looking to bring some of these technologies to the South of Scotland. Ethics and values are at the forefront of ECO. Eddie is a straight talker, disruptor, lateral thinker and determined that everything ECO does creates added value and has purpose.

Eddie is an entrepreneur born and bred in Dumfries and Galloway. Eddie is creating a legacy range of businesses.

Eddie joined DGC Board of Management in April 2021 and sits on Finance and General Purposes Committee and Learning and Teaching 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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Originally from N Ireland and with degrees in Spanish and European Studies and in Urban Regeneration, Sharon is an Economic Development Consultant, specialising in business planning and funding bids. She has had an extensive career in the public sector and worked in a number of key economic development roles within local government – most recently Sharon led the team who successfully negotiated and signed off the Ayrshire Growth Deal – a £250M investment package. Previous roles have included Head of Strategic Services at Riverside Inverclyde Urban Regeneration Company and Project Manager, Tall Ships Inverclyde 2011, and over a thirty year career, Sharon has gained extensive experience of business support and employability and training programmes; events management and inward investment.

Sharon joined DGC Board of Management in April 2022 and sits on the Finance and General Purposes Committee, and Learning and Teaching Committee.

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