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Chair of the Board of Skills Development Scotland, John F McClelland CBE, has welcomed the announcement of four new board members.

​Elizabeth Corcoran and Christine Pollock CBE, who were previously co-opted members of the board, have been appointed permanent members and will be joined by two new permanent members, Carol Evans and Nazim Hamid.

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, announced the appointments on Tuesday (23 January).

Non-executive board members are appointed by Scottish Ministers for a period of four years. They are not appointed as representatives of individual organisations but bring experience and knowledge gained in their own careers having been drawn from a range of backgrounds in the private and public sectors.

Chair John F McClelland CBE, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Carol, Christine, Elizabeth and Nazim to the board.  They each bring a wealth of relevant experience which will complement the skills and experience of the existing board members as we continue to drive forward the work to support the people and businesses of Scotland."

Christine Pollock CBE is a former Director of Learning and Leisure Services in North Lanarkshire Council.  She was a member of Sir Ian Wood’s Commission for Developing the Young Workforce and is currently a member of the programme board for DYW and a member of the Scottish Advisory Board for Outward Board.  In 2012 Christine was awarded a CBE for services to education and in 2013 was awarded a fellowship to SQA.  She was previously a co-opted member for Skills Development Scotland.

Elizabeth Corcoran is a qualified accountant with over twenty years’ experience at board level in both public and commercial sectors. Her previous roles have been with AstraZeneca, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Student Loans Company and recently the James Hutton Institute.  She has substantial experience of strategic planning, finance, governance, risk and change management.  Beth also has experience as a Non-Executive Director.  She is currently a board member of Glasgow Prestwick Airport where she chairs the Audit and Risk Committee and sits on the Capital Investment Committee.  Beth is also a member of the Investigation Committee at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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.  A dedicated advocate of civic responsibility and volunteering, Nazim continues to volunteer with local community groups and agencies to promote equality, diversity, community empowerment and supports initiatives which seek to strengthen transparency in public service provisions.  In her professional capacity, she brings to this role her knowledge on organisational development and information management legislation.

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 and worked at a strategic level in AstraZeneca, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo, Reckitt Benckiser, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, a national start up and currently Bield Housing and Care. She has been a member of several boards and government advisory groups and supported the development of regulations, policies and procedures around education and workforce development nationally. She has been involved in the provision and management of learning and development and talent management throughout her career including being Global Clinical Learning and Development Director at AstraZeneca where she had responsibility for the talent development of 6000 people worldwide. As a member of global executive teams, Carol has been responsible for audit and ensuring the highest standards of corporate governance.

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