Our leadership team

Members of the Board are appointed by Scottish Ministers and have a collective responsibility for the proper conduct of SDS affairs.

They are not appointed as representatives of individual organisations and are expected to use the experience and knowledge gained in their own careers when taking decisions on behalf of SDS.

The members are drawn from a range of backgrounds in the private and public sectors.

Link to the Board minutes.

John F. McClelland CBE - Chair

Board Member

John has extensive experience across the private and public sector. He was President of 3Com’s Business Networks Company and prior to that Global Chief Industrial Officer and Board Member of Philips Consumer Electronics. Earlier in his career he was Vice President of Worldwide Operations for IBM’s personal computer company before joining Digital Equipment Corporation as a Senior Vice President.

Donald Boyd

Board Member

Donald is a partner and Chartered Accountant at Campbell Dallas, a firm of Independent Accountants specialising in Audit and Commercial Advisory.

Beth Corcoran

Board Member

Beth Corcoran is a management professional with extensive specialist experience at board level in strategic planning, finance, governance, personnel, procurement, IT, risk and change management

Willie Mackie

Board Member

Willie Mackie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and brings to the board a background in the Ayrshire and Arran area and in the college sector.

Seonag Mackinnon

Board Member

Seonag Mackinnon has had a lifelong interest in the welfare of young people.

Christine Pollock CBE

Board Member

Christine has extensive senior-level experience in the education sector. She was Executive Director of Learning and Leisure Services in North Lanarkshire Council in the West of Scotland until September 2013.

Helen Robertson

Board Member

Helen manages the External Relations at eCom Scotland, a learning solutions company with over 20 years of experience in delivering innovative learning technologies.

Grahame Smith

Board Member

Grahame Smith is the General Secretary of the Scottish TUC, a position he has held since 2006.

Caroline Stuart

Board Member

Caroline Stuart held the post of Scotland Director for Oracle Corporation Ltd, one of the largest software companies in the world, from 2009 to 2016 and worked for them in a variety of roles since 2000.

Agnes Valentine

Board Member

Agnes Valentine has significant experience at IT Director level within Financial Services organisations and within the public sector via Management Services Consultancy.

Graeme Waddell

Board Member

Graeme Waddell is Chairman of Energen Biogas, a renewable energy company which he has recently established.

Damien Yeates - Chief Executive

Board Member

Damien has been the Chief Executive of Skills Development Scotland (SDS) since its inception in 2008; overseeing the ambitious merger of four public bodies into one.

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