Learning and Teaching Committee

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Ann is a highly experienced further and higher education professional, working at Director Level in the UK College sector. Her most recent post involved responsibility for improving quality assurance standards in respect of professional development for over 800 staff at a large college. This involved developing a successful and bespoke two year coaching programme for senior managers and governors.

Alongside this, Ann was responsible for the strategic development of learning technologies/digital strategies across the College.

Ann left fulltime employment seven years ago, and is currently employed as an Independent Further and Higher Education Consultant, working primarily for the UK Quality Assurance Agency as a higher education Reviewer, and also as an Elite Independent Reviewer. She enjoys working with a wide variety of colleges and universities to improve academic standards and the quality of learning opportunities for students. She also works on academic appeals with the Quality Assurance Agency, and is experienced in judicial review processes.

Ann originally qualified in Librarianship and Information Sciences and practised as an academic librarian for several years, teaching Research Skills. She is experienced in commissioning new library builds, and particularly enjoyed a placement in Kentucky, USA, developing a new college library. She was awarded a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies (1985) and is vocationally qualified as an Assessor (Customer Care.) and as a Mental Health First Aider.

Ann relocated to Dumfries and Galloway two years ago, after spending many happy years holidaying in the area (from 1971). She also works for the Law Society of Scotland and was selected to sit on the Legal Aid Quality Assurance Committee, which monitors the work carried out by solicitors offering Civil Legal Assistance.

Implicit through all the work and life experience that Ann has, is her commitment to fairness and social justice, and the provision of life long educational opportunities for all sectors of our multi-cultural society.

Ann is a member of the following Committees:  Audit, Learning and Teaching, Remuneration, Grievance and Appeals.

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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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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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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 Committee, 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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Rebecca is the Vice President of the Student Association at Dumfries & Galloway College, based at the Dumfries Campus. She started her first year at the college in 2021 studying within the Childcare sector. Also, within her first year, she became a Class and Lead Rep, which aided her in creating positive relationships with students and staff. This supported her in making connections all around the college and help to create a fun and happy environment for everyone. Alongside her role within the Student Association, she will be studying Early Education & Childcare and will apply relevant knowledge and understanding to assist the student experience and Student life within the college.

Rebecca joined the Board of Management in August 2022 and sits on the Learning and Teaching 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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