Fife College has welcomed the appointment of a number of new members to the College’s Board of Governors ahead of the start of the 2020/21 academic year.

The new members, including Brian Fisher, Amanda Kindness, Evelyn McPhail and Gordon Mole have all taken up non-executive Board positions with the College over the summer. Sarah Ferguson has also taken up a student Board member position.

The board members, who join with a wealth of experience from a variety of sectors including academia, business and local government, will help influence and shape the College’s strategy, values and governance framework moving forward.

Brian Fisher brings over 30 years’ experience within the financial sector which has included roles both in the UK and Europe. He now works independently, providing project management services to the insurance sector across the UK. 

Amanda Kindness, who works in the planning team at the University of St Andrews, is experienced in providing data analysis and producing in-depth information to support evidence-based decision making. She has also previously worked as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Aberdeen.  

Evelyn McPhail was, until her recent retirement in July 2019, the Director of Pharmacy and Medicines for NHS Fife and the Fife Integrated Joint Board of the Health and Social Care Partnership and was responsible for providing strategic and clinical leadership.

Evelyn’s previous non-executive roles include six years as a Council member of the General Pharmaceutical Council as well as a co-opted member of the Audit and Risk Committee of NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Head of Business and Employability at Fife Council Gordon Mole is the Council’s senior lead for a wide range of areas including employability, economic development, economic policy, town centres and tourism.

Gordon has a particular interest in better collaborative working between national, regional and local agencies for employability and employer engagement. Gordon is a board member of Developing the Young Workforce Fife, Business Gateway Fife and a Director of the UK’s Institute of Economic Development.

Sarah Ferguson takes up one of student president positions on the Board, alongside Jade Burnett, after being elected Student President for Education and Representation for Fife College Students’ Association earlier this year.

David Watt, Chair of Fife College Board, said: “I am delighted to welcome our newest members to the Board of Governors.

“Our new members’ significant knowledge and expertise, from a range of sectors, will provide invaluable support to the College as we enter a unique and challenging academic year.”

Fife College’s Board of Governors comprises 18 Board members, including the Principal, two student members, two staff members (one teaching and one non-teaching), and 13 external members. The external members are selected for their skills, knowledge and expertise in industry, professional or commercial matters.

The Board meets quarterly, with each committee also meeting three or four times per year, and sets the strategic direction for the College, and monitors performance against strategic objectives.

For more information about Fife College’s Board of Governors, visit our Board and Management page

Photograph: (Left to right, top) Evelyn McPhail, Amanda Kindness, (left to right, bottom) Sarah Ferguson, Gordon Mole and Brian Fisher.