Board of Governors Profiles


The Board of Governors of Argyll College UHI currently has 14 members. It includes Principal Martin Jones, a staff member, and a student member. A member of the Board of Governors (other than the Principal and the student member) will hold office for a period of 4 years with the option of reappointment for a further two terms, serving for a maximum of 12 years. The Principal of the college is a member of the Board for as long as they hold that position.

About the board

All Governors must comply with the Code of Good Governance, as detailed in the Argyll College UHI Constitution and Standing Orders of the Board of Governors, whose key principles are: Public Service, Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability and Stewardship, Openness, Honesty, Leadership and Respect. Membership of the Board is voluntary and unremunerated except in the case of reasonable expenses. Our Board Member Recruitment Policy details the recruitment process and requirements for membership of the Board.

One of the many roles of the Board of Governors is to provide strategic leadership and direction to the college, through oversight of, and contribution to, key strategy documents - such as the Regional Outcome Agreement - and by setting strategic priorities for areas including financial objectives and staffing strategies for example.

Dr Rosemary Allford (Chair)

Rosemary has worked in both the College and Higher Education sectors across the UK for over 20 years as an academic, project manager and as a freelance consultant. Rosemary joined Edinburgh Napier University as a lecturer in entrepreneurship in November 2018, developing new routes to support learning in the workplace. Prior to this Rosemary led several SFC strategic projects with a focus on student employability and building leadership capacity within Scotland’s colleges. She has a portfolio career with previous roles as a consultant in academic practice with the Higher Education Academy, the University of Wolverhampton and as a Head of School, Carnegie College. She is also the current Chair of the Parent Council of a large High School in Scotland. 

Maggie Tierney - Vice Chair

Maggie is the recently retired CEO of Stramash, a chain of outdoor nursery providers in rural towns across Scotland including Oban in Argyll.  She has over 15 years experience of senior public policy leadership from her roles in the Scottish Government including on child protection, additional support for learning, development of the early years sector and school-age education strategy and performance.  Maggie has previously worked as a social researcher in various academic roles in universities in Dublin, Norway (Alta) and Edinburgh.  She lives in Edinburgh with her family and is a frequent visitor to Argyll.  

Martin Jones - Principal & Chief Executive

Martin Jones became the Principal and Chief Executive of UHI Argyll in November 2018. With a background in law, he has worked as an academic in a number of Law Schools across the UK and Germany over the past twenty years.  Prior to joining the College, he worked at Glasgow Caledonian University leading the law team during a period of expansion.   Also whilst at GCU, he set up a Learning Development Centre which focused on providing support to students articulating from college into university. His research interests are focused around information technology and law and he is a member of the executive of BILETA. He is also a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Access to Justice Committee and he is a founding trustee of Olly’s Wee Bothy.

Iain Jurgensen

Iain is the Managing Director of Portavadie Loch Fyne, a resort in Argyll committed to the delivery of outstanding hospitality experiences by a passionate, skilled and career focussed team. Iain is the current Chair of Argyll and the Isles Tourism Co-operative and Vice Chair of Developing the Young Workforce Argyll. Iain has over 30 years industry experience working and believes success comes from developing individuals and teams. Portavadie successfully partnered with Argyll College in developing the innovative Accelerated Hospitality Leadership Program. Iain will provide industry insight to the board, highlighting opportunities within the tourism and hospitality sector to support its continued growth through continuous learning and development of its people.

Elodie Nowinski

Elodie was born in France and lived in Paris for more than 20 years before arriving in Scotland in the Spring of 2019. The first half of her career was spent in academia, both as a professor and as a senior manager after graduating from SciencesPo - Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, with a research master in 2005 in Political Science and Contemporary History. She carried on with a PhD research specialising in Fashion history and sociology. She has been teaching fashion studies and luxury business in many institutions across Europe and in the US since 2005. In 2017, she moved on to work in the private sector in data analytics and business intelligence applied to fashion and luxury industries worldwide. After a quick venture in a start-up business in San Francisco, she moved back to her real calling, the education sector and was appointed as the Dean of Faculty for Creative Industries at the City of Glasgow College in May 2019.  

Bettina Sizeland

Bettina is head of tourism and major events in Scottish Government with responsibility for strategic development of tourism and delivery of major events to showcase Scotland and support economic growth, working closely with industry leaders and SMEs. She has worked on a number of exciting major events for Scotland including the European Championships and Year of Young People in 2018 and Solheim Cup in 2019. Pipeline events include the UEFA championships postponed to 2021 and the 2023 UCI cycling world championships. She is also Visit Scotland’s Scottish Government sponsor. Previously Bettina has worked across Scotland and internationally leading delivery of major digital and infrastructure development programmes for a range of private and public sector organisations including Scottish Enterprise, City of Edinburgh Council, Department for International Development and WS Atkins. She is a keen advocate for tourism and major events in Scotland and uses her spare time to attempt munro bagging with family and dog.

Heather Stevenson

Heather has over thirty years' experience in the field of Human Resources, specialising in Employee & Industrial Relations, Equalities & Diversity, and Reward & Remuneration. Her experience was gained in a variety of different public sector organisations, including the NHS, Local Government and the Care Commission/Inspectorate. She joined the college sector in 2013 and since 2016 she has played a key role in the National Bargaining arena. Latterly she held the position of Director of Employment Services with Colleges Scotland, from which she has recently retired.

Tom Walsh 

Tom is delighted to be joining our Board of Governors and supporting the current and future function and strategic direction of the college. Tom recently retired from his role as an Executive level NHS Manager, and brings experience in clinical, managerial and leadership roles spanning a 38-year career within NHS Scotland.

Tom recognises the vital role the college plays in the development and delivery of quality further education for the residents and economy of the Argyll area and is very much looking forward to regular visits to our facilities and staff, (when restrictions permit).

Tom has been enjoying the outdoor life in Argyll for more than 35 years and spends his retirement between Paisley and his home in Dalmally.

Andrew Farina

Andrew has been working at UHI Argyll since 2015 when he joined the newly created marketing team. After studying BSc Media Technology at De Montfort University Andrew moved to Edinburgh and took up a role as a caseworker for the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) before moving to the Scottish Government Legal Directorate (SGLD) as a training and events coordinator.  Following this, he ran his own business for 4 years before moving to Argyll and joining UHI. As Lead Marketing Officer Andrew is well known to many support and lecturing staff and has worked with all departments.