External shot of Milton Road campus building.

Board and Committee Members

Nora Senior CBE Chair of the Board

Throughout a 30-year career in industry, Nora Senior has held several senior leadership positions, latterly as Group Executive Chair of global communications and government relations consultancy, Weber Shandwick, and previously with Saatchi and Saatchi, delivering multi-country programmes including China, Europe, the USA and Africa.

A former Businesswoman of the Year, Nora holds extensive experience at the non-exec board level in both public and private sector organisations, having been Chair of the Scottish Government’s independent Enterprise and Skills Board and President of the British Chambers of Commerce.

She is currently Vice Chair of the Council at the University of Nottingham and an external member of the House of Lords Commission. Until recently, Nora was a Board Member of the International Chambers of Commerce, which has UN observer status, and a Commissioner on both the College of the Future review and the Cole Commission into Trade and Exports.

Bruce Cassidy - Support Staff Member

Bruce has worked at Edinburgh College as a technician in the Music and Sound Production department since 2011. Through his role, Bruce is responsible for the maintenance of the recording studios, musical instruments and PA equipment within CRE:8 at the Milton Road Campus. 
As a technician, Bruce contributes directly to the student experience, by assisting lecturers and sound production students in the recording studios, whilst also providing front-of-house sound for music performance students.

Audrey Cumberford MBE - Principal

Audrey Cumberford MBE - Principal

Audrey is a graduate of many world-leading UK Universities, including Oxford University’s Said Business School. Having graduated from Edinburgh, Audrey moved to Bristol University to undertake research within the field of sports psychology. Following this, she left the University sector and moved into private industry before returning to the education sector where she has held senior roles for the past 24 years.

Before her current role, Audrey led and delivered a large-scale, £70m merger resulting in the formation of West College Scotland.  Audrey’s reputation as a visionary innovator has resulted in her holding several high-profile national positions such as Board member of the Scottish Funding Council (responsible for £1.8billion funding for colleges and universities) and the Scottish Government’s Enterprise & Skills Strategic Board – responsible for improving the overall performance of the economy by ensuring that the whole Enterprise and Skills System, with a combined budget of over £2billion, delivers Scotland's Economic Strategy.  In May 2022, Audrey was appointed by the Scottish Government to the National Strategy for Economic Transformation Delivery Board.

In addition, Audrey represented Scotland on the UK’s first Independent Commission on the ‘College of the Future’, Chaired by Sir Ian Diamond. In 2020, Audrey, along with Paul Little published the ‘Cumberford-Little Report’, commissioned by Scottish Government Ministers to consider the economic impact of colleges. 

Audrey’s career has spanned both the private and education sectors and underpins Audrey’s passion and drive to ensure tertiary education in Scotland plays a fundamental role in supporting businesses across the country - embedding a symbiotic relationship between the business community and  Scotland’s colleges as providers of vocational and technical education, business support and skills training.  

Stewart Darling

An engineer by profession, Stewart spent the early part of his career in the mining and defence industries before joining Scottish and Newcastle plc in 1990 where he spent most of his time in senior commercial leadership roles covering the UK, West and Eastern Europe.

Following the sale of Scottish and Newcastle in 2008, he returned to the UK to become Group Commercial Director and Chief Operating Officer of Vianet Group plc before taking up the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2013, where he led the transformation of the business from a services provider to a technology company, and established new revenue streams that delivered multiple years of growth which saw the value of the business double as it became a leading player in the Internet of Things and data analytics industry.

He has also served as a Non-Executive Director of the governing body for golf in Scotland, provides Board and Strategic Advisory Consultancy to several clients, and is a Senior Partner at The Rubicon Partnership, a senior executive and leadership coaching practice based in Glasgow. Stewart is a keen golfer and hillwalker.

Alex Killick Vice Chair of the Board

Alex is an experienced board-level executive and non-executive director, having worked in a variety of highly unionised and complex environments, including the NHS, the Scottish Government, and Higher and Further Education.

Alex is also Co-founder and Director of Leading Kind, a culture consultancy supporting clients to make work fairer, workplaces kinder and more inclusive, and outcomes better.

A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, has a Masters in HRM, a Prof M, Alex also holds a Certificate in Company Direction with distinction in strategy.

Alex lives in Edinburgh with his wife and teenage daughter. Outside of work, you can find Alex walking the dog or supporting Dad’s Rock, a local charity.

Ross Laird

Ross heads up Grayling in Scotland, a major international PR and communications agency, and has over 20 years of industry experience covering the energy, health, tourism and education sectors. Having completed his Communication Advertising Marketing Diploma in London, Ross worked at both the House of Commons and Citigate before taking on his current role. He is a regular speaker, blogger and trainer on politics, communications and public affairs. 

Ross has held several posts in both London and Edinburgh. He was previously a Councillor in the London Borough of Haringey and headed up the Haringey Refugee Consortium, among other posts. In Edinburgh and Midlothian, he has been a leading member of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, spearheading transport policy issues; a former board member of Archaeology Scotland; and is Vice-Chair of a local childcare provider. Ross is also currently Vice-Chair of YMCA Scotland, supporting the development of mentoring and youth work schemes. A keen cyclist and walker, he also runs a local cycling group. 

Ross lives in Midlothian with his wife and teenage daughter.

Kerry McCormack

Kerry is the Global Head of IT of First Sentier Investors (FSI) and is based in Edinburgh.

In her role, Kerry is responsible for the oversight and delivery of all IT services for FSI globally including IT Infrastructure, Application Development, and management of Front Office and Back Office Systems, and leads the Global IT Team. As a member of the IT Leadership Team, since 2001, she has been involved in a broad range of global strategic projects reflecting her specialist IT knowledge and experience in the investment management industry.

Kerry joined FSI in 2001 as an application developer, progressing to Application Development Manager (2005) and then Head of IT EMEA (2013). Kerry took on the Global Head of IT role in May 2018.

Kerry was Co-Chair of the Women and Banking and Finance group for Edinburgh, for two years and is a keen advocate/supporter of mentoring programmes. Kerry was previously a trustee of the Maitri Trust.

When not working Kerry enjoys weight training at the gym, walking her energetic 6-year-old black lab and going on holiday.

Gwen Raez

Gwen has worked at VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation for Scotland, for the last 19 years, and is now Senior Marketing Manager for the UK and North America, responsible for strategic partnerships, travel trade marketing and campaign activity in VisitScotland’s priority markets of UK, USA and Canada.

Over the last three years, Gwen has been instrumental in working in partnership with Scottish Government, Scottish Development International and Universities Scotland to ensure a ‘Brand Scotland’ voice when promoting Scotland overseas, in addition to developing and delivering multi-award-winning marketing campaigns to encourage visitors to Scotland.

Gwen is passionate about encouraging people to visit all parts of Scotland, as often as they can, and is constantly seeking innovative and engaging ways to inspire new visitors.  Having grown up in rural Cumbria, before attending university in Germany and London, Gwen is well aware of the importance of education to deliver life opportunities from childhood to retirement and is honoured to be able to help guide that journey for Edinburgh College.  Gwen has always worked in marketing, both client-side and with agencies, and now lives in Edinburgh with her husband, John and two teenage children.

Skye Marriner - Students' Association President

Skye is the President of the Edinburgh College Students’ Association (ECSA) having previously held the role of ECSA Vice President of Welfare in 2022/23.

As Student President, Skye is an active member of the Board of Management and provides regular updates on both national and local issues impacting the student body. As a Board Member, Skye aims to ensure that the Board continue to prioritise both the student experience and the learner journey.  

Skye has a keen interest in environmental sustainability and has been an active member of various youth environmental groups since her school days. This includes active involvement in Edinburgh's Fridays For Future group, as well as playing a key role in the youth climate march during COP26 in Glasgow in 2021.

Ian McLaughlan MBE

Ian McLaughlan has enjoyed a varied and enriched career working in the social care and voluntary sector for over 30 years, supporting community organisations striving to improve the lives of children and young people. An experienced leader, he has been Chief Executive of three national children and young people’s organisations, the BB in Scotland, Early Years Scotland and, before retiring in March 2022, Youth Scotland.  

Leading Youth Scotland for nine years, this intermediary youth work organisation supports youth leadership and empowerment opportunities for - as well as the informal learning needs of - nearly 75,000 young people between 5 – 25 years across every local authority area of Scotland. Over 50% of the young people in Youth Scotland’s reach are living within the most disadvantaged communities in Scotland.

In July 2022, Ian was appointed to serve on the Independent Review Group addressing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within Police Scotland. 

In a voluntary capacity, Ian is a past Chair, and currently Fellow, of the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO). Ian is also Chair of COVEY, a local charity supporting vulnerable children and families in Lanarkshire as well as being a Trustee of the parish church in Granton, North Edinburgh, within which Edinburgh College campus is located.  

Married with two grown-up children, Ian enjoys spending time with his two grandchildren, coastal walking, reading and more recently in exploring the life and times of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Becky Duff

Becky has studied and worked in Edinburgh all her life. After obtaining an honours degree in English Literature from Edinburgh University, Becky embarked on a career in the third sector.  She has spent the last 15 years working for charities.

Most recently Becky has taken up the position of CEO with Edinburgh-based youth mental health charity, U-evolve. She leads a team that provides therapeutic support to young people in some of Scotland’s most economically deprived areas. Becky feels passionately that further and higher education should be accessible to all.  

Before taking up her position with U-evolve, Becky was Head of External Relations and Communications for a national charity. In this role, she led many successful high-profile campaigns on topics including access to new treatments, welfare rights and access to health and social care services.  

Becky has extensive experience in charity Governance, having served as a trustee for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and as Chair for the Neurological Alliance of Scotland. 

In her spare time, Becky enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and paddleboarding (although mostly sitting down!).

Fiona Doring

Fiona Doring has over 20 years of experience working in the third sector in Scotland and is Chief Executive of Impact Arts, widely recognised as one of Scotland’s leading charities. Impact Arts has been supporting people and communities to transform their lives through creativity and the arts since 1994.  

Fiona lives in Edinburgh and gained an MA in Fine Art from Edinburgh University and an MFA (Hons) from Edinburgh College of Art. She began her career working as a practising artist alongside work in arts education. It was while doing this that she realised the power of art to engage with people and communities in a meaningful and life-changing way, acting as a catalyst for social change.   

She received recognition for her work by winning The Scottish Women’s Award for Contribution to Arts and Culture in 2019.  

Fiona is currently Chair of the Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN), a member-led organisation that champions the arts in Scotland and was previously a partner of Artworks Alliance, a UK-wide member organisation for participatory arts.  

B. Troup

Bill Troup

Bill was born and brought up in Edinburgh and graduated from Heriot-Watt University with a BA (Hons) in Accountancy and Finance, before qualifying as a chartered accountant with KPMG. He has spent his career in corporate finance, mostly in London, spanning industry, private equity and investment banking. He has held senior positions with Morgan Advanced Materials PLC, The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC and Arrowpoint Advisory LLP. He currently leads his own advisory business, Capital Advisors, focused on funding strategy for corporates. Bill has advised publicly-listed, private and family companies as well as entrepreneurs, sponsor-backed businesses and management teams, working closely with investors and lenders. He has also served as a non-executive director on private company boards.

Bill lives in Edinburgh with his wife and has three adult children. In his spare time, Bill enjoys playing golf, hillwalking, watching rugby and keeping fit. He also supports a local charity, The Friends of Easter Craiglockhart Hill, as trustee/treasurer.

D. Holland

Daniel Holland – Lecturing Staff Member

Daniel is a lecturer at Edinburgh College and the Lecturing Staff member of the Board. He has been a lecturer in Social Sciences & Integrated Curriculum since 2012 and is based at the Midlothian Campus.  

Daniel is an active member of Edinburgh College’s EIS-FELA Branch.

E. Sim

Eleanor Sim

Eleanor is a passionate and driven cybersecurity leader. She is currently the Global Chief Security Architect at Bupa, where she leads their global cybersecurity strategy. Previously, she was Head of Security Architecture at NatWest Group and spent 10 years at the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and its predecessors. Eleanor is dedicated to ensuring that technology and cybersecurity foster an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive, with a particular focus on supporting young women in education. She led the development and delivery of the CyberFirst girls' competition at the NCSC and continues to support cybersecurity outreach in schools. Eleanor studied Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh and enjoyed playing for the EULRFC. She lives in Edinburgh with her wife and two children and is pursuing an MSc in Software and System Security at Oxford. In her spare time, Eleanor enjoys paddleboarding and watching Edinburgh Rugby.

L. McIntyre

Liz McIntyre

Liz is a former College Principal with over 30 years of experience in the college Sector in both England and Scotland.  Liz moved to Scotland from her role as Principal at City of Bath College in 2006 to take up the post of Principal of Borders College – a role which she held until 2016 before moving to become Principal of North East Scotland College (NESCOL). Liz retired from her role in December 2019. During her career, Liz was Chair of the College Principals’ Group and a member of the Board of Colleges Scotland.  

Outwith the sector Liz has held board positions in several organisations, most recently Borders Sport and Leisure Trust, Abbotsford Trust and Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce.  

As a lifelong educator, Liz is passionate about the work of colleges and the contribution that colleges can make to the development of individuals, businesses and communities.  As a proud resident of the City of Edinburgh, Liz is committed to ensuring that Edinburgh College fulfils its potential in providing the skills, education and training needed in our thriving and exciting capital city and in providing positive, inclusive and transformative experiences for the students who study here.

S. Cook

Sue Cook

Sue Cook has extensive governance and strategic experience having held a number of executive and non-executive board level positions in public, private and third sector organisations. 

Born and raised in Canada, Sue obtained her Masters’ degree in Computing Science from the University of Aberdeen and then ran her own business for more ten years which was voted one of the top ten multimedia organisations in Scotland. Sue was regional Chair for Prince’s Trust for 15 years helping hundreds of young people start and succeed in business. 

Sue served on the Board of West Lothian College for 14 years holding the position of Vice Chair, Chair of Learning and Teaching and then Chair of Audit for four years. Sue is a Justice of the Peace and Chairs two charities: “The Scheme” which is tackling the drug death crisis in Scotland; and “Courage Together” which helps the BAME community who have no family support.

In 2010 Sue led a team to cycle from West Lothian to Paris raising over £35,000 for charity. Sue lives in West Lothian with her husband and has twin boys and a daughter. 

Luna Morrison - Students' Association Vice President (Welfare)

Luna holds the post of Vice President of Welfare at Edinburgh College Students’ Association (ECSA). Previously, in 2022/23, Luna held the role of ECSA Vice President of Activities.

Alan Holligan - Nominated EIS-FELA Member

Alan Holligan has been teaching in universities and colleges since 1996 and is presently a lecturer at Edinburgh College's Art and Design School, specialising in Contemporary Art Practice at HND level. With extensive experience as a tutor, lecturer, and curriculum leader, Alan's expertise encompasses curriculum and qualification review at local and national levels. Over 16 years, he has contributed to the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) as a Qualification and External Verifier, leading the Qualification Development team and Qualification Support team for various SQA awards.

In collaboration with stakeholders, Alan establishes connections with higher education institutions and arts organisations, highlighted by his decade-long role on the board of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. As an artist, he primarily engages in collaborative practices, shaping his approach to learning, teaching, and art practice, where pedagogy and artistic expression coexist in the overlapping realms of Art, Education, Collaboration, and Activism.

As a former college student, Alan is keen to prioritise student achievement and progress, emphasising the development of community and opportunity, for those from less advantaged backgrounds. 

Since 2004, he has been an active member of the Educational Institute of Scotland-Further Education Lecturers Association (EIS-FELA), serving on the Edinburgh College Branch Committee Executive since 2012. In addition to his branch role, Alan represents Further Education Lecturers nationally on the EIS Council.