Stephen Magee

​​​​Stephen Magee, Chair

Stephen Magee graduated from the Universities of St Andrews and London before gaining an MSc in Adult and Community Education from the University of Edinburgh and brings to the role a lifelong involvement in education both nationally and internationally. Most recently he has been Vice Principal of the University of St Andrews. Stephen has experience in the development and delivery of strategy, and assuring efficient and proper use of resources to meet strategic aims. Over his career he has worked as a primary and secondary school teacher, as a lecturer in further education, as a unit head and service director in higher education, through to adult ​and lifelong education tutor in basic literacy and numeracy skills and in ESL. Stephen has also been an administrator at the most senior level. He seeks now to continue using his skills and experience in support of the strategic evolution of, and regional approach to, the development of further education in Scotland, within the context of building a well-integrated post-16 provision.

Stephen Magee is appointed to the Board of Governors of Fife College for four years from 4 March 2014 to 3 March 2018. 

Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson is the newly elected President of Welfare and Equality for the Fife College Students' Association. Jen is graduating this year with a HND in Events Management and will be continuing her education with a Degree in business management after her sabbatical year. Jen’s long term goal is to become a secondary education teacher in Business Management as she believes every child should be given the chance to understand the running of an organisation before stepping out into the world of employment.

Jen has worked her whole life within the hospitality trade and has worked her way up through the ranks from barmaid to Hotel Manager. Jen is very familiar with this type of business and feels this is where she was able to show confidence and flair within her business and personal life.

Jen has faced challenges in her personal life which spurred her on to apply for the position of President Welfare and Equality to bring a positive change and attitude towards mental health within the college. 

 


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Bob Black

Bob Black recently retired from the international oil and gas industry, where in the past ten years he managed the development planning for two of the world's largest oil and gas fields found in the last 30 years. As Technical Director for Shell Kazakhstan, he was involved in the development of the supergiant Kashagan oilfield and its 3x1 billion-barrel satellite fields; and latterly as Head, Exploration & Production for BG Brasil, where he was involved in the evaluation and development planning of the supergiant oil and gas fields in the mid-Atlantic offshore Brasil

Bob was with Shell International for 28 years in UK North Sea, Brunei, Oman, Malaysia, Kazakhstan and the Netherlands; and latterly with BG Group in the North Sea (UK and Norway) and Brasil. 

A geologist by profession, Bob has previous experience in the African mining industry, with Anglo-American Corporation in Zambia; and in UK engineering as Technical Marketing Manager with Unicorn Industries, working with eg. Rolls-Royce aero, Ford and Leyland vehicles, and several UK machine tool manufacturers, in diamond and bonded precision abrasives technologies. 

At retirement Bob joined the Scottish Children's Panel as a volunteer panel member, where he has fulfilled a lifelong ambition to take a more active role in helping young people to build constructive lives as valued and valuable citizens.

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Edward Blades

Edward Blades returned to education at the age of twenty-six, when he undertook a degree with the OU, whilst continuing to run a small business employing about fifteen people. Approaching the darkness of thirty, he decided to sell the business and he came to Lauder College to undertake an HND in Community and Economic Development whilst completing the OU degree.  After graduating he applied for a six-week long post in Lauder College assisting with European Funding projects.  Six weeks became a year, and he then applied for a post teaching Communication. Nineteen years, several Principals and many reorganisations later (and now fighting the fuliginous fifties), he is still here teaching a variety of social subjects.  He is especially interested in the educational situation of adult returners, care leavers, the socially-disadvantaged and other non-traditional learners.  He believes that education and training can empower people to become personally, economically and socially successful.  Professionally, he has an interest in e-learning and student-centred learning and outside of work he is interested in politics, astronomy and human rights.

 

Shona Cochrane

Shona Cochrane is the founder and a director of Thinking to Success Ltd who support and develop thinking and learning skills in education and business.  She has been working with skills based thinking, learning and enterprise programmes for many years. 

Shona is an experienced educationalist and author. As a teacher, Shona has taught in London, Malaysia and Fife, most recently as an Acting Depute Rector and Guidance Teacher at Queen Anne High School, Dunfermline.  She has also been an Enterprise in Education Adviser and National Curriculum Adviser with Skills Development Scotland (formerly Careers Scotland).

After achieving an M.Ed Pupil Support in 2005, Shona went on to have her book on study skills, ‘Learn to Learn’, published in  2012 and she introduced the ‘Learn to Learn’ and ‘Reflective Thinking’ programmes at Queen Anne High School. Shona’s interests include skiing and classic cars.



Hugh Hall, Principal and Chief Executive 

Hugh Hall was born and brought up in the east end of Glasgow and began his working life straight from school in the local Benefits Agency office in Easterhouse.  Hugh is a chartered accountant, with expertise in transformational change, governance and major project development and delivery.  His life has been devoted to public service.  He has held a number of senior appointments in a wide range of organisations and is currently Chief Operating Officer at the University of Strathclyde.  In 2009, he was awarded the Public Sector Finance Director of the Year award in recognition of his leadership role in the transformation of Scotland’s enterprise network.

His non-executive roles past and present include: eight years as a member of Court at Edinburgh Napier University, Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy in Scotland, Chair of Forth Valley College, Chair of Colleges Scotland and Chair of Scotland’s Children’s Lottery.   

Violeta Ilendo ​

Violeta llendo has extensive experience at senior strategic management level with over 29 years of working in the local governments in London and Scotland, private and voluntary sectors with a proven track record of delivery in a wide range of areas from economic development, employability, vocational training and skills to physical and economic regeneration, town centres and specialist planning advice. Violeta currently chairs the Fife Polish Education Trust and is a Board Member on the Fife Migrants Forum.

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Antony Martin

Antony Martin has been a Local Councillor in Fife since 1992 representing a Dunfermline ward. He has a particular interest in further education particularly its role in economic development. He is Chair of Opportunities Fife Partnership which promotes skills and training in Fife

Antony served on the Forth Estuary Transport Authority and its predecessor The Forth Road Bridge Joint Board for 20 years. Serving as Convener for 4 years.

He owned and managed a very successful fashion agency for 30 years representing many premium brands and giving him an inset to the pressure and difficulties working in the private sector.

Antony is married with 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren.

His main hobby involves music.

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Professor Steve Olivier

Professor Steve Olivier is Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Abertay University, where he leads all academic activities, including teaching and learning; research and knowledge exchange; and quality enhancement and assurance. He is widely published in several areas, most notably in moral issues related to extreme sports, and also in educational policy and leadership. Outside of work, he serves as a crewman in the RNLI, surfs, and maintains some interest in rugby, which was his main sport.

 

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Bryan Poole

Bryan Poole is an independent Councillor. He has extensive experience of working for Fife Council and CVS Fife and has contributed to strategic developments in Fife such as the Fife Community Plan, Fife Council’s Strategic Plan and the Single Outcome Agreement for Fife.
 
 

Ross Taylor

Ross Taylor has been a solicitor in Scotland, specialising in Dispute Resolution and Avoidance, since 2000.  He is the owner of Taylor Law Limited, which is a firm of solicitors based in Fife.  He has experience in a variety of mechanisms for dispute resolution including Mediation, Expert Determination, Adjudication, Arbitration and Litigation.  Ross is an accredited mediator.  He has worked across a spectrum of disciplines, from family law to commercial and construction law, now specialising in the latter.  Ross also undertakes dispute avoidance work, including contract drafting and risk analysis.
As an employer and resident in Fife, Ross wants to see Fife continue to grow as a centre of excellence in the provision of practical, skills focused education and development.  He believes that this is the route to a strong society, which is economically vibrant.
In his spare time, Ross enjoys fitness and outdoor pursuits, including Running, Mountain Biking and Golf.  He also enjoys the arts, regularly visiting galleries and going to the theatre.  He lives in Dalgety Bay with his wife of ten years and his two year old cocker spaniel, Dudley.
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Beki Thomson

Beki Thomson is currently the Deputy Director of Finance at the University of St Andrews. A Bachelor of Accounting and Finance and a qualified Chartered Accountant training in a 'big-four' firm, she has been involved in both the Internal and External Auditors of various Universities throughout her career, before joining St Andrews as Assistant Director of Finance in 2006.
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Zoe Thomson​

Zoe Thomson is a Depute Head Teacher at Woodmill High School in Dunfermline. She has been teaching in Scotland for 16 years.

Zoe studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, followed by a PGCE in Mathematics from Moray House.

Zoe began teaching Mathematics in Edinburgh before moving to Fife. She has been a Depute Head teacher here for 4 years.


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Jim Trail OBE

Jim Trail is an experienced Business Leader who retired as Managing Director of Raytheon Systems Ltd in Glenrothes in May 2013. He was awarded an OBE in June 2013 for his Services to the Defence Industry.

He begun his career in Finance where he spent 20 years before moving into General Management. As well as having responsibility for the facility in Glenrothes he also had overall UK Board responsibility for Operations, Facilities and Health and Safety for Raytheon UK. He was one of the key leaders who implemented a new Graduate scheme for the company in 2008, which has continued to grow ever since and also for the Engineers of the Future scheme which the company participates in with Fife College and Heriot-Watt University.

Jim is currently a member of the Scottish Children’s Panel and also presents occasional training for the Prince’s Trust in Scotland.

In his spare time he likes to spend time with his Granddaughter and watching football.
 

Jennifer Walls

Jennifer Walls brings a varied private sector career background to the Board. As an Engineering and MBA graduate most of Jennifer’s career has been in technical roles within multinational organisations.  Jennifer spent her early academic years as a student of Fife College on a scholarship programme awarded by Exxon Chemicals. After Graduating Jennifer took on a role in a Japanese Semiconductor Company where she spent her early career. She then moved onto be more interested in Business, taking on a role as a technical Business Lead and then Portfolio Manager for an American Defence Company. Using her Masters skills Jennifer has influenced Strategic direction and Business growth throughout her career. Now as a manager in the public sector Jennifer brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her Role on the Board. In her small amount of spare time Jennifer is a Mum to her three young children and a football coach!

 
 
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Heather Wray

Heather Wray started work as a Civil Servant at Rosyth Naval Base. After having her family she became self-employed, and then worked from the family home. Later on retraining and undertaking her NVQ3 in Administration, Heather was then employed by Randall Consultancy as their Office Administrator and SQA Coordinator. In 2000 while studying for her HNC in Management at Lauder College, she became a member of staff wtihin the Customer Services team. For the last fourteen years she has been employed within the Quality Section of the new Fife College.
 
 
 
 
 
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