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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Frank Mitchell - Chair

Our Board Members

Frank Mitchell, CEO of SPEnergy Networks, took up the post of Chair of Skills Development Scotland on 1 October 2018.

Tracy Black

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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

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

Beth Corcoran

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

Dr Mark Dames

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Dr Mark Dames is Head of Policy and Public Affairs for BT Group in Scotland, leading on policy for BT’s nations and regions and is a member of the BT Scotland Board.

Dr Carol Evans

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Dr. 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

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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 national agencies.

Professor David Hillier

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Professor David Hillier is Associate Principal at the University of Strathclyde and Executive Dean of Strathclyde Business School.

Willie Mackie

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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.

Dr Poonam Malik

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Dr Poonam Malik is an academic entrepreneurial research management leader with extensive experience of working in innovation, enterprise, healthcare industry and academic business sectors globally.

Margaret McCaig

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A senior director with over 20 years’ experience in the global financial services industry. Currently Head of Integration, Planning & Development at HSBC.

Christine Pollock CBE

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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.

Eileen Russell

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Eileen Russell is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Eileen has 20 years’ experience in engineering, predominately in the railway industry, since graduating from the University of Strathclyde in 2000 with a Masters degree in Product Design Engineering.

Grahame Smith

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

Paul Taylor

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Paul Taylor is currently Managing Director of British Telecom’s Retail Banking business unit.

Tracy Trotter

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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.

Damien Yeates - Chief Executive

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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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