Meet the The Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board's Group Board members

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Frank Mitchell

CEO, Scottish Power Energy Networks

Frank Mitchell leads a business with responsibility for getting the electricity from power generators to all 3.5 million customers in Central and South Scotland, Merseyside and North Wales. A key focus for SP Energy Networks is supporting the communities it serves beyond that of a traditional utility, which has been recognised in a number of customer and community national awards for the business. 

SP Energy Networks employs around 3000 people directly and another 3000 through partners and is currently recruiting around 150 graduates and apprentices every year.  

Frank is also Chairman of Skills Development Scotland and Co-Chair of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board. 

Frank has over thirty years’ experience working in the energy sector, covering all aspects of the value chain, in both the UK and USA. Involvement in M&A activity as well as leading strategic business change. 

SP Energy Networks has been a leading business in both technical and commercial innovation that has allowed many communities to now be net-exporters of energy via distributed generation. 

Alison McGregor

Chair, Malcom Group

Alison McGregor is a portfolio Non-Executive Director and Chair who, until Dec 2018, was the CEO of HSBC Scotland. In addition to a long career in financial services, Alison has significant broader business experience working with Scottish, UK and Global Businesses.  

Currently holds the following positions: 

  • Non-Executive Director of Scottish Power Energy Networks.  
  • Chair of The Malcolm Group 
  • Non-Executive Director of The Beatson Cancer Charity  
  • Non-Executive Director Fidelity Special Values PLC  
  • Non-Executive Director CBI (Confederation of British Industries)
  • Advisor Glasgow University Adam Smith Business School

Previously held posts as Chair CBI Scotland and Non-Executive Director Scottish Enterprise.  

Annemarie O'Donnell

Chief Executive, Glasgow City Council

Annemarie O'Donnell is Chief Executive of Glasgow City Council.  She is a qualified solicitor and was previously the council’s Executive Director of Corporate Services. 

After joining the District Council in 1991 she specialised in planning, construction and environmental law leading a number of significant regeneration programmes and initiatives for the city

Steven Grier

Country & Regional Manager (UK North), Microsoft Ltd.

Steven Grier leads Microsoft’s Public Sector business in Scotland and the North of England. From humble IT beginnings on Margaret Thatcher’s YTS Scheme with Digital Equipment Corporation in 1989 so began a journey through oil (BP), booze (United Distillers), funerals (Co-Op) and software, ultimately finding himself at Microsoft in the year Windows XP launched (Bing it!).

Passionate about the societal impact of technology, inspired by innovation and with a soft spot for healthcare and digital skills - he likes technology when it makes people smile. Married with a young son and has set himself the life challenge of finding the perfect balance between competitive cycling, Burns poetry and Scandinavian power metal music. It may take some time.

Ed Monaghan

Chief Executive of Mactaggart & Mickel Group Ltd

Ed Monaghan is Chief Executive of Mactaggart & Mickel Group Ltd; an award winning homebuilder that has been handcrafting homes since 1925. 

Ed has over 30 years of experience within the industry. He joined the company as an apprentice at 16 and his 35 plus years of experience places him in a uniquely strong position within the construction sector. 

Ed is  a member of CBI Construction Council, and also sits on the board of Rosemount, a local charity that assists young people into the workplace and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 

Hector MacAulay

Managing Director, Balfour Beatty

Hector MacAulay is Managing Director for Balfour Beatty’s building & civil engineering business in Scotland & Ireland and sits on the Executive Board for the company’s UK Construction Services business.  

He joined Balfour Beatty after graduating with an honours degree in Civil Engineering from Heriot Watt University in 1985. 

During his career with the company, Hector has progressed through the ranks from onsite responsibilities through to operational and general management responsibilities, working across Group business units throughout the UK.  

Hector leads the regional business with responsibility for ensuring the implementation of Company strategy and policy, ensuring the delivery of budgeted performance targets through the safe, sustainable delivery of projects to our customer’s complete satisfaction.  

He is passionate about driving forward the Social Value agenda within the industry and creating real and sustainable legacy within the communities it touches.   

Hector is also at the forefront of the industry action to address the skills and resource challenge in Scotland, he is delighted to be sitting on the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board as vice chair of the Employers Engagement Group, and chairing on Skills & Training within the Scottish Contractors Group.  

He represents the sector as a director of Construction Scotland, sitting on the Industry Leadership Group.  

Hector is married with a teenage daughter and lives in rural Perthshire.  

Martin Crewe

Director,  Barnardos Scotland

Martin Crewe has been Director of Barnardo's Scotland since March 2007. Prior to this he was the organisation's Finance Director, moving to Scotland to take up the post in 1997. Previous experience includes seven years as Regional Manager with NSPCC and shorter spells with the NHS, a trade union and a small youth counselling charity. Martin has served on the Boards of several voluntary organisations including the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).He was also a 'business excellence' assessor with Quality Scotland for five years.

Martin has been involved in many government initiatives including on mental health, early years and child sexual abuse. He chaired the multi-agency GIRFEC (Getting It Right For Every Child) Programme Board during the development of this significant development for children and young people. Martin initially trained as a scientist and completed a PhD in Geochemistry, including work on the first detailed geological map of Greenland.

Jim McColl

CEO, Clyde Blowers

Jim McColl is founder, Chairman and CEO of Clyde Blowers, a mid-market private equity fund focused on acquiring and growing small and medium sized Engineering and Manufacturing businesses. It has a portfolio of business that spans the globe. 

Jim McColl left school at the age of 16. His first job was that of an apprentice in one of Glasgow’s leading engineering companies, Weir Pumps. After six years he left to study full time for a BSc degree in Technology and Business Studies at Strathclyde University. He returned to Weir Pumps for another three years during which he studied part-time for a Masters degree in Business Administration. 

This was followed by a Senior Management position in Diamond Power Speciality Ltd, and a further three year part-time course of study towards a Masters in International Accounting and Finance. 

In 1986 after two years as a Senior Consultant in Corporate Care with Coopers & Lybrand he became a self employed “Company Doctor”. 

Sir Jim McDonald

Principal, Strathclyde University

Professor Sir Jim McDonald is the Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde and Chair for the Centre for Work-Based Learning Advisory Board. 

He joined the University of Strathclyde in 1984 following seven years in the electric utility industry and was appointed to the Rolls-Royce Chair in Electrical Power Systems in 1993. He became Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde in March 2009. He Co-chairs, with the First Minister, the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board. He  also Chairs the Independent Glasgow Economic Leadership Board. 

Jim currently holds several senior business appointments:

  • Independent non-executive director of Scottish Power
  • Non- executive Director of the Weir Group
  • Nonexecutive Director of the UK Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult Board
  • Non-executive Director of the UK National Physical Laboratory
  • He also chairs two of the pan-Scotland university research pools in Energy and Engineering
  • He was elected President of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2019 and is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology 

In 2012, Jim was awarded a Knighthood for services to education, engineering and the economy.

In September 2013 Professor McDonald received the “Outstanding Contribution as a Business Leader” recognition at The Herald’s inaugural Inspiring City Awards event. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the Energy Institute. 




Fraser Rowberry

Director of Service, Openreach

Fraser Rowberry is Openreach’s Director for Service Delivery in Scotland.  With a highly successful career in telecommunications engineering, Fraser now has direct responsibility for circa 2,000 field engineers working across the length and breadth of the country, delivering over 20,000 customer interactions per week. With his passion for customer service excellence, and people development, Fraser also leads on a range of UK initiatives for Openreach and is heavily involved in our apprenticeship programmes in the company, firmly believing that his people are the biggest asset who delivery for our customers in all types of conditions. 

Fraser enjoys most sports and has worked with Edinburgh Rugby on their advisory board, he loves Scottish beaches and countryside adventures. Fraser Lives in Edinburgh with his wife and children.

Henry Graham

Chair, Lantra

The National Chair for Scotland runs a 450-acre mixed farm in Midlothian in partnership with his wife, and is an experienced figure from the world of rural banking and agriculture. 

He has held senior roles in the Royal Highland Agricultural Society, Quality Meat Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Agricultural College and banking, specialising in agricultural business. 

Henry is Chair of the Scottish Government’s Initiative for Farming Opportunities for New Entrants (FONE) and has recently been appointed as Chair of the Group to Implement a Skills Action Plan for Rural Scotland.  He is also a member of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board. 

His qualifications include a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture from Edinburgh University, and he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and of the Royal Agricultural Society. 

Dr Allan Colquhoun

University Liaison and Emerging Technologies Manager, Leonardo

Dr Allan Colquhoun is the University Liaison and Emerging Technologies Manager at Leonardo UK Ltd, where he has worked for 35 years having joined the then Ferranti in 1985. He is also Vice-Chair of the SAAB Standards and Frameworks Group and a member of the SAAB Group Board. Allan also nominated a Leonardo apprentice to join the SAAB Apprentice Engagement Group.

Leonardo, based in Edinburgh, is the largest inward investor in the UK defence sector, the largest Italian inward investor to the UK, and one of the biggest suppliers of defence equipment to the UK MoD. Leonardo won Skills Development Scotland’s’ Large Employer of the Year award at the 2015 Modern Apprenticeship awards.

Alongside his current role, Allan is also a Council member of Photonics Scotland and the Chair of Technology Scotland. He studied Applied Physics at the University of Strathclyde where he gained a BSc and a PhD.

Alastair Salvesen CBE

Chairman, Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd.

Alastair Salvesen CBE is Chairman of Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd, RR Spink & Sons Ltd and Dawnfresh Farming Ltd.  He is the Warrant Holder of R R Spink and sons as Fishmonger to HRH The Queen, and President of Edinburgh Warrant Holders Association.  He was a Council member of the Shellfish Association of Great Britain and past President of the British Frozen Food Federation.  

He is Chairman of the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School Ltd and Dovecot Foundation, a charity for the advancement of art, heritage and culture. He is a Trustee of the Salvesen Mindroom Centre. He was a core member of Archangel Investments Ltd and Deputy Chairman of the Fettes Trust. 

He is a Chartered Accountant and Business Graduate and was appointed a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers in 2001, an Honorary member of the Royal Scottish Academy, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  He is also a farmer and forester, and enjoys shooting, archery, and contemporary Scottish art, and a member of The Royal Company of Archers, the Queen’s Bodyguard in Scotland.  Alastair was awarded the CBE in December 2009 and an Honorary Doctorate of Science by Cranfield University in 2017.

Simon Lister

Naval Ships Managing Director, BAE Systems

Simon Lister officially became Naval Ships Managing Director on 4 January 2021. He joined BAE Systems as Managing Director of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance in 2017, before been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of BAE Systems Maritime and Land in April 2020 and since joining the Company he has been a member of the Maritime & Land UK Board.

Prior to joining BAE Systems, Simon enjoyed a successful and interesting career as a nuclear and marine engineer in the Royal Navy, concluding as a Vice Admiral, Member of the Navy Board, Chief of Materiel (Fleet), and Chief Naval Engineer. Simon is married to Anita and they have three grown up children.

Free time is spent propping up property in Malvern, Worcestershire, sailing around the UK coast, skiing, theatre, tinkering with old cars that have exceeded their economic life and using them for long distance exploration.

Paul Campbell

Head of Organisational Learning & Development, Scottish Water

Paul Campbell is the Head of Organisational Learning & Development at Scottish Water and is Chair of the SAAB Employer Engagement Group. 

Scottish Water is the main water and wastewater service provider for the people of Scotland. Providing 1.37 billion litres of drinking water and taking away 931 million litres of wastewater every day, they play a key role in the protection of public health and Scotland’s natural environment. 

Paul has been at Scottish Water for 28 years, starting his career on a four-year technical apprenticeship programme, before progressing into operational and customer facing roles. He has been working in the field of organisational development for the last 20 years of his career and leads on this for the organisation. 

Paul studied at Cardonald College Glasgow and Edinburgh University 

Scott Alexander

Managing Director, Robertson Construction Group

Scott Alexander is a group board director of Robertson Construction Group and Managing Director for Robertson Construction North which comprises 5 regional construction businesses covering the whole of Scotland and a specialist roofing and render company.  These businesses have a combined turnover of almost £300M and directly employ 700 people in their local communities. 

Scott left school at 17 to start a quantity surveying apprenticeship with RM Douglas whilst studying his degree part time.  Scott has worked in the construction industry for 40 years in a variety of commercial, operational and managerial roles.  Scott worked as a consultant for 10 of these years providing contractual and commercial advice to Employers, Sub-contractors and Main Contractors. 

Scott achieved a Directorship by the age of 30 however the pinnacle of his career was becoming Managing Director for Robertson Construction North.  A key driver for Scott is providing the opportunity for employees at all levels to develop themselves and their careers. 

Scott has been married to Diana for over 30 years and has 3 wonderful children.  In his spare time Scott likes to spend time with his family and enjoys outdoor activities such as cycling and walking.

Grahame Smith

Co-Chair, The Fair Work Convention

Grahame Smith is a former General Secretary of the Scottish TUC, a position he held from 2006 to 2020. 

He is a graduate of Strathclyde University where he obtained an Honours Degree in Economics and Industrial Relations. 

He serves on a number of skills and economic development bodies and has contributed extensively to the development of skills and employment policy, including as a member of the Commission on Developing Scotland's Young Workforce and the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery.

Natalie Buxton

Managing Director, Weber Shandwick

As Managing Director of global communication firm Weber Shandwick’s multi award-winning Scottish business, Natalie supports over 50 staff. The team offer creative, design, digital, integrated media, public affairs, social and strategic planning to Scottish and international businesses across a range of sectors.

Natalie is a leader in strategic communications with 17 years’ consultancy experience. She delivers executive counsel and integrated communications campaigns for domestic and international clients, with particular expertise in the energy, cleantech, fisheries and sustainable business sectors.

Natalie was previously chair of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) in Scotland and was named a Fellow on 2020. She is Chair of SAAB’s Gender Commission. 

Rohaise Rose-Bristow

Co-Owner, The Torridon

Rohaise is an entrepreneur and joint owner of The Torridon, a 58-acre estate that consists of a 30-bedroom resort, a Gastronomy restaurant, a Brasserie restaurant, self-catering boathouse and an outdoor adventure company.  Employing 55 staff.   Rohaise a Qualified Coach and Group Trainer is the People Director of the company with a focus on offering every member of the team an individually led training and development program.   Rohaise also drives the design and excellence within the company and the company has won a number of industry and tourism awards including the prestigious Independent Hotel of the Year Award at the 2018 Cateys and Five Red Stars in 2019.

In 2017, Rohaise was appointed Chairman of:  Apprenticeship in Hospitality Scotland (AHS). An industry-led apprenticeship training program that focuses on offering world-class hospitality training in Scotland.  Rohaise focuses on the strategic development of the organisation, which was recently awarded the Princess Royal Training Award.  The launch of the Chef Apprenticeship in 2021, enables a fully rounded hospitality training program for young people. 

Rohaise believes she has the best job in the world but with 30 years’ experience in the industry, she still has a lot to learn.  Her continued passion for development drives her enthusiasm for CPD.  Currently studying for an ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring Qualification, gaining a License to deliver, Resilience Training and undertaking an on-line course in Happiness and Well-Being with Yale University.  Rohaise also is an active hospitality business ambassador,  involved in a number of committees and advisory panels:

- UK Hospitality committee                                  

- Hospitality Action Member                                        

- Fellow of Institute of Hospitality                                 

- SAAB Advisory Member                                            

- Member of Institute of Leadership & Management

- Member of Association of Coaching

- MIDAS Committee Member

- Master Innholder 

- Director of AHS

Steve Petrie

Business Performance Director, Balfour Beatty Group

Steve is Business Performance Director working within Balfour Beatty Group across its UK Businesses.

Prior to  joining Balfour Beatty in early 2013. Steve spent 20 years working in British Gas – starting as an Apprentice Gas Engineer -  developing, implementing and managing Service Delivery outcome based contracts. These contracts involved serving customers in the north of England and Scotland who had purchased goods and services  from the Company. The scope of these contracts included warehousing, distribution, local delivery scheduling and installation of gas products in homes and commercial premises. The contracts were outsourced to Logistics Companies with customer outcomes in mind.

Steve then took these principles of best value, customer focussed outcome based contract management to Belfast where he was responsible for managing the construction of the Natural  Gas Network in Greater Belfast – some 1300 miles of 7 Bar HDPE pipework through the streets of Belfast and beyond.

Steve is a visiting Professor at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Steve is also a Board member of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre.

In 2003, Graduated from  Harvard University with a Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Steve lives at Balmoral near Aberdeen with his wife Nicky and his children Thomas (15) and Olivia (9).

Dr Mike Cantlay OBE

Chair, Scottish Funding Council

Mike Cantlay is currently Chair of the Scottish Funding Council and Chair of NatureScot, formerly Scottish Natural Heritage. Additionally, he is a board member of Crossreach, the social care arm of The Church of Scotland.

Mike is Chairman and Managing Director of William Glen Limited with interests in Scotland, Canada and USA. He has held several public appointments including Chair of Highlands and Islands Airport Limited, Chair of VisitScotland; Convener of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority; Chair of Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley; Chair of the Board of Management at Forth Valley College; Advisory Member of the Board of Scottish Enterprise and Board Member of VisitBritain.

Dr Cantlay was awarded Public Sector Leader of the Year at the Scottish Leadership Awards 2012 and was made an OBE in 2014 for services to tourism.


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  • Catriona Laing, Deputy Director of the Young Person’s Guarantee Division, Scottish Government
  • Damien Yeates, Chief Executive, Skills Development Scotland
  • Karen Watt, Chief Executive, Scottish Funding Council
  • Adam Reid, Deputy Director, Fair Work and Skills, Scottish Government

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