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.

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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.

Tracy Black

Board Member

Tracy Black was appointed Scotland Director on 1 January 2018, having first joined the CBI as Deputy Regional Director for Scotland in April 2017.

Donald Boyd

Board Member

Donald Boyd is a Partner and Chartered Accountant in Campbell Dallas, a large Firm of Accountants specialising in Audit and Commercial Advisory.

Beth Corcoran

Board Member

Elizabeth Corcoran is a qualified accountant with over twenty years’ experience at Board level in both public and commercial sectors.

Carol Evans

Board Member

Carol Evans has over 20 years’ experience of education, stakeholder engagement, strategic leadership and leading and driving change in complex organisations in the private, public and third sector.

Nazim Hamid

Board Member

Nazim Hamid brings over 20 years’ experience and expertise across the public and voluntary sector, having worked from grassroots community groups to hold professional positions in local government and notional agencies.

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.

Margaret McCaig

Board Member

A senior director with over 20 years’ experience in the global financial services industry. Currently Global Head Governance & Standards - Regulatory Compliance Monitoring & Testing at HSBC.

Christine Pollock CBE

Board Member

Christine Pollock CBE is a former Director of Learning and Leisure Services in North Lanarkshire Council, responsible for statutory education, early years provision, community learning and development, library and cultural services, sport and leisure.

Helen Robertson

Board Member

Helen is the External Relations Director 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.

Tracy Trotter

Board Member

Tracy is Group Finance Director at Scott Group, a leading industrial supplies organisation providing a wide range of goods and services to customers in the industrial and manufacturing sectors.

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.

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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