Board of Governors Profiles
The Board of Governors of Argyll College UHI currently has 11 members, including the 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, hence serving for a maximum of 12 years. The Principal of the college is a member of the Board for as long as he/she holds that position.
All Governors must comply with the Code of Conduct, 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. 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.
Andrew Campbell - Chair
Andrew has lived and worked in Argyll for many years and works for Scottish Natural Heritage as an Operations Manager in a role that allows him to travel widely across Argyll, giving him a broad understanding of the challenges that a dispersed rural population present the College in delivering its services. He has previously chaired Primary and Secondary School Boards in Argyll as well as playing an active role in the Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership. Andrew has served on the Argyll College Board since 2010 and as well as being Chair of the Board since 201, he serves of the Finance and General Purposes committee and chairs the Nominations Committee of the Board.
John Colston - Vice Chair, Senior Independent Member
John Colston is a graduate of University College, Oxford and held a number of senior policy and financial management appointments in the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign Office and NATO before retiring from public service in 2011 to live permanently in Argyll, on the island of Seil. He has served on the Board since 2012 and also chairs the Finance and General Purposes Committee and serves on the Nominations Committee of the Board.
Martin Jones - Principal & Chief Executive
Martin Jones became the Principal and Chief Executive of Argyll College UHI 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.
Jennifer has lived in Argyll since 1998 and has extensive experience in the public sector, mainly in policy, strategy, improvement and organisational development. A Chartered Member of the CIPD, Jennifer holds an Advanced Diploma in HR Development in addition to a Masters degree in Local Authority Management and an honours degree in Business Studies. Currently Transformation Project Manager for Argyll and Bute Council, Jennifer has a strong interest in learning and development and is a mentor to young job seekers through the CIPD Steps Ahead Mentoring programme. Jennifer was recruited to the Board in December 2017 and serves on the HR and Remuneration sub-committee.
Amber serves as elected Staff Representative on the Board and is the course leader for Horticulture at the College, tutoring part time in Horticulture, Agriculture and Rural Skills at FE and HE level. She also owns and operates two garden design companies. She is a graduate of Stirling University and SRUC and has completed her Masters level teaching qualification for further education at Aberdeen University. She has served on the board since 2015 and is also a member of the Teaching, Learning and Engagement Committee.
Ken Jones has lived on the Isle of Seil, south of Oban, for the past 35 years and is a marine science graduate of the University Wales and holds a doctorate in marine science from the University of Strathclyde. Ken was employed at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) as a research scientist and spent the last 14 years as Deputy Director (with a short period as Acting Director in 2008) until retirement in 2014. As Deputy Director he helped coordinate the development of new research facilities at Dunstaffnage and participated at a senior level in the growth of the partnership of SAMS with UHI. Ken chairs the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee of the Board and serves on the Audit Committee.
Tony is an Electrical Engineer with 42 years' experience working with Scottish Hydro Electric and then Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE). Working and living mainly in Argyll he held operational management posts in Dunoon, Lochgilphead and Oban.
Now retired, his last 10 years were spent working in Oban as the Networks Manager for the West of Scotland, mainly being involved in managing Engineering teams who assess, model and develop the existing High voltage distribution network to allow the connection of large Renewable generation projects along with Commercial and Industrial developments.
Tony was also a part time assessor at SSE’s Perth training school where training and assessments are carried out on staff involved with the operation of SSE’s Low and High voltage networks.
Stella B. Leitch.
As a Bachelor of Education, Teacher of Geography Stella has worked for Argyll and Bute Council for 24 years teaching in Lochgilphead High and Oban High schools. In her role of Guidance Teacher and Eco Schools assessor she travelled widely in Argyll visiting the many cluster Primary Schools. As Depute Head Teacher 2004-2011 Stella worked closely with many Partner Agencies. Since 1985 she has lived in North Argyll where she now works as self-employed on her family farm. Member of the Board of Governors since December 2015.
Gillian McCready was born and has lived on the Island of Bute for most of her life. She studied in Edinburgh then began working life in the hotel industry. She moved into social work 35 years ago, working initially on the island and then travelling daily to work in Inverclyde. The main focus of her work has been on planning and delivery of services for older people and people with physical disabilities. For the past 15 years she has managed services across both social work and the National Health Service with responsibility for managing, planning and reporting on joint budgets of over £17m. She retired in April 2015 and was recruited to the Board in October 2015.
Lesley McInnes has worked for 30 years with Housing Associations and Local Authorities. Her career has been varied, working in Glasgow, Dumbarton, the Borders and Ayrshire before joining West Highland Housing Association as its Chief Executive in 2006. Lesley is a Board Member of other organisations, including Link Housing Association and is keen to develop local relationships between partner organisations. She has a strong belief in the strategic importance of Argyll College in meeting the skills and training needs of people throughout Argyll. Lesley has served on the Board since 2011 and chairs the Audit Committee of the Board.
Jim Findlay has enjoyed a long career in the technical textile industry, following studies at the University of Strathclyde and has most recently was employed as a Product Manager/ Specialist in the field of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with an emphasis on high visibility and heat and flame protection. Earlier in his career he was involved in textiles and textile related across a wide range of industries. In 2015 Jim decided to enter The Third Age and is active in associations in the community of Bute, whilst acting as an advisor to the textile and textile care industries. Appointed in September 2016, Jim serves on the Finance and General Purposes Committee of the Board.