David C Watt, ChairDavid Watt was, until recently, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Scotland. His IoD experience brings knowledge of business and commerce as well as governance, while much of his prior working life was in education.
Lifelong learning is a passion for David who also has extensive experience in both the public and voluntary sectors. He is a Director of a number of SMEs and an Honorary Colonel of the Royal Marines Reserves in Scotland.
Bryan Poole, Depute Chair and Senior Independent Member
Bryan Poole was an independent Councillor. He has extensive experience of working for Fife Council and the third sector 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.
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 was previously 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.
Jen Anderson enrolled as a Fife College student on HND Events Management in 2015. She was elected as President: Welfare and Equality for the Fife College Students' Association in 2017 and put her HND to good use organising many successful events for students across all five of the College campuses.
In November 2018, Jen became a full-time Customer Services Assistant at Fife College, where she enjoyed meeting students on a daily basis and helping direct them to the support they needed.
In October 2019, Jen took a secondment on a temporary basis until July 2022 to assist with the First Chances Fife project within the School College Partnership team to help create awareness and increase visibility.
Jen is a single parent to her young daughter and they enjoy spending time together on days out and creating memories.
Jen is delighted to return to the Fife College Board, and is keen to have the opportunity to help influence and support the College strategically.
Bob Black is a geologist by profession, and has experience of mining (in Africa), engineering (in UK and Brasil) and the oil and gas sector (globally). As a technical director for Royal Dutch Shell (Kazakhstan) and BG Group (Brasil) he managed very large projects, focussing on project management, contracts and tendering, and risk analysis.
He was also a senior technical recruiter for several years in Shell, and has shared this experience with students in Fife College.
Following retirement in 2012, Bob joined the Scottish Children's Panel (for 5 years) and became a Board member of Fife College where he is now into his 6th year of governance activities. He was previously Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, and has contributed to Director entry training in Audit and Risk management with Colleges Scotland.
Bob has 3 grownup children and with 8 grandchildren approaching senior schools level, remains keenly interested in education and the future world of employment for young people.
Jade Burnett is the Student President Welfare and Equality for the Fife College Students’ Association. She has been a student at Fife College for the past three years completing Scottish Highers and an HND in Social Sciences, continuing on to study a BA Hons Degree through the Open University and Fife College partnership.
Shona Cochrane 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 Glenrothes High School and Queen Anne High School in Fife. 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.
Joseph Harney is a Lecturer at Fife College and the elected academic Board member. His teaching remit delivered with the Social Sciences team, where he teaches Psychology and Counselling. He holds a BA Applied Psychology from University College Cork, Ireland, MA Music Technology from University of Limerick, Ireland, and Grad Cert in Counselling Skills from Abertay University.
Before joining Fife College as a full-time Lecturer, Joseph built up a wide and varied range of professional experiences. Among other pursuits he has worked as a sound designer and composer in theatre, a community youth worker on Council and arts organisation projects, and a music teacher with access initiatives for deprived areas.
Joseph is particularly interested in how the College continues to meet the needs of Fife community. He believes there should be courses and opportunities available to all in the wider Fife area, regardless of age or academic experience.
Carol Hunter is the Care Experienced Officer on the Fife College Students’ Association and has been elected as a student member on the Fife College Board of Governors.
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 Chair of the Fife Migrants Forum.
Antony Martin was a local councillor in Fife between 1992 and 1997 representing a Dunfermline ward. He has a particular interest in further education particularly its role in economic development. He was Chair of Opportunities Fife Partnership which promotes skills and training in Fife during his time as an elected member.
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.
Having originally trained as a teacher, Susan Mitchell has a background in both private industry and the public sector. Following a career in retail management (Marks & Spencer, then Boots UK), Susan joined her local police force and was a Director there (and latterly in Police Scotland) for a number of years. Much of Susan's experience has been focused on delivering transformational change and leading in a financially challenging context. With an MSc in Public Leadership from Warwick Business School, Susan is also a Chartered Public Finance Accountant and is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Zoe Thomson is a Depute Head Teacher at Woodmill High School in Dunfermline. She has been teaching in Scotland for 18 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 6 years.
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 began 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 is also a Board member with GIA Properties in Fife.
In his spare time he likes to spend time with his Granddaughter, occasionally going to the gym and watching football.
Tina Vandermotten is an experienced, strategic HR practitioner with an extensive background in private, public and the charities sectors. Tina is currently Director of HR and Organisational Development at the animal welfare charity Scottish SPCA, where she leads on all people, learning and organisational development related activities. She comes to Fife College having served for 3.5 years on the Board of Fife Voluntary Action and with previous knowledge of working within the academic sector.