Meet the board

Board Members 2018-19

Peter Graham – Current Chair of the Board since June 2017

30 years’ experience working in Moray, previous experience of Chair of Moray Access Forum, Moray Property Development fund and RICS Education Standards board.  Experience as Director of the Amity University School of the Built Environment in Delhi.  Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  Runs his own business which includes acting as land agent for various Moray and Highland estates.

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David Patterson – Principal and Chief Executive

I joined the college as Principal/CEO on 29 February 2016 following a career in the college sector south of the border. My previous senior role included leadership of over 1,100 teaching staff, across 11 campuses and with responsibility for a budget of C£80m. Prior to that I was part of the senior team that put together the largest ever college merger in the UK as well as leading the project team that transformed a failing secondary school into a successful academy.

I began my career in education as a lecturer, teaching a variety of business and management subjects to students ranging from those with graduate qualifications to those with none. At this time I also contributed to the design and specification of new vocational qualifications in England.

In the next phase of my career I developed and led a number of international projects: to design, resource and implement new curriculum, first in the Baltic states, then in the Arabian Gulf and in Ghana. I oversaw the establishment of a private HE business school in Latvia and the transformation of a small Hospitality and Tourism college in Bahrain. I also introduced and led on overseas student recruitment.

I put together and re-launched a national distance learning operation that grew to be an £8m business across a variety of sectors and led cross-college on employer engagement, overseeing strategy and work with around 1,900 organisations.

I am married with six children. They know where I live.

Joe Bodman – Member of the Board of Management

Joe Bodman was born and raised in the North East of England. He has degrees from London and Edinburgh Universities. Starting with a teaching post in Sweden he spent almost all the rest of his 40 year career working in Education in a variety of Local Authorities. He has been a Researcher, Ofsted inspector, Teacher, FE and HE lecturer, an Education Officer and Manager with responsibility for multi pond budgets and the management of large staff teams. He was the lead County Officer for Further Education at the time of FE incorporation. He has been closely involved with Moray College UHI for the past 12 years in his Council role and for past 5 years as a Board member and has a professional and personal interest in the Scottish Government objective of ensuring those young people who are underachieving at school are encouraged, supported and provided with additional educational opportunities of which Further Education is a key component.  Joe lives in Grantown with his wife Alex. Their 4 grown up children are in various parts of Scotland, England and Spain.  He is a volunteer on the Board of Management of Grantown YMCA with the responsibility for fund raising and is treasurer and active member of a local drama group.

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James Knowles – Member of the Board of Management

Retired Chief Official at Aberdeenshire Council responsible for Economic Development with involvement in strategic matters, experience of managing budgets, and ensuring value for money.  All this included a leadership aspect and representing the Council on a number of organisations including the Chamber of Commerce and on National and European Committees.

I was also the Chair of Economic Development Officers from all local authorities in Scotland and represented this body on the UK Committee. Locally in the Council I was responsible for European matter, energy, renewables, tourism, marketing, food and drink, and financial support for businesses.  In addition I represented all Scottish Councils on the government’s Food and Drink strategy team for Scotland.

Since retiring from the public sector I have been a mentor to a number of businesses and individuals including three award winning businesses and was also recognised nationally for my work in mentoring.

My involvement now is in volunteering and currently am Chairman of Balmoral Road Races Ltd, Vice Chair of Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust, Fundraising Chair of the new Banchory Sports Village, Chairman of Langstane Housing Association and one other social housing company, Advisor to Home-Start Aberdeen, and serve as an ambassador for Northsound Cash for Kids.

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Murray Easton – Vice Chair and Convenor of Finance and General Purposes Committee

Finance executive and qualified accountant with 30 years of experience in the energy business. Has held a wide range of financial and commercial roles during a number assignments in both the UK and various overseas locations. Specific experience includes planning and strategy, finance and control, performance management, business development, audit and compliance, as well as corporate governance. Previous experience of Board membership and also of presenting to Boards and Audit Committees. Has also been actively involved in learning and development in a corporate environment and previously served as Treasurer and member of the Board of an international school. 

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Joan Johnston – Senior Independent Member of the Board

25 years combined experience as Board Director, Online Business Owner and University Programme Leader.  Experience as Senior Lecturer/Programme Leader at Northumbria University.  Budget management experience and Board Director for 9 years (USA Sales Director and Design Director at Stephen Walters and Sons Ltd). Was Creative Design Director at Johnstons of Elgin, currently is a Design Business consultant based in Moray, working across the UK. At Bespoke Fabrics Ltd, Joan supports emerging creative businesses and develops product with sustainability at the core. Joan is a Member of the Institute of Directors and a Professional Associate of Robert Gordon University, Gray’s School of Art.

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Dr Jessie McLeman – Convenor of Audit Committee

Jessie has extensive management experience in the water and telecoms sectors.  In particular she is experienced in opening markets to competition and managing services in regulated competitive environments, often addressing complex regulatory issues. She provides consulting in these areas.

Until recently Jessie was a senior manager at Scottish Water. She joined Scottish Water prior to the opening of the business market in Scotland for water and sewerage to retail competition, was responsible for establishing the wholesale capability and implementation of separation from Scottish Water’s retail arm.   Since market opening, Jessie was responsible for managing the wholesale services.  Prior to leaving Scottish Water she worked on the Open Water programme responsible for market reform in England.

Before joining Scottish Water, Jessie worked for BT in a range of management roles, including wholesale services, BT Group Regulatory Affairs; BT’s representative on the Board of one of the international satellite consortia, and working for BT in Germany. 

Jessie has a PhD from the University of Aberdeen, her thesis being on a demographic subject, and also has a Diploma in Marketing.

Seonaid Mustard

Seonaid has lived in Moray for over thirty years where her husband's family's farm is located. Alongside taking an active role in the farming business while raising a family, she has had wide experience of teaching across the area in various roles in both state and private sectors. She has a particular interest in the importance of life long access to education.

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Deborah Newton

Deborah was born and raised in the North East of England and she has an honours degree from the University of Leeds. She is a chartered accountant and is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Deborah moved to Moray in 1991 when she joined the Elgin office of Ritsons Chartered Accountants and was promoted to partner with Ritsons in 2001 where she has continued her professional career.

Deborah has an audit background and is the audit compliance partner and training principal for the firm. As well as being responsible for the audit of the statutory accounts of companies and regulated clients, Deborah has a large portfolio of clients ranging from individual tax clients, to sole traders and partnerships, limited companies and charities.

Deborah joined the Moray College UHI Audit Committee in February 2016.

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Nathan Sanderson – HISA

Nathan has 4 years’ experience in the hospitality industry which includes training and management of a team. He is currently studying his HND Computer Science. For the past two years, Nathan has help run the 4th Elgin boys brigade getting involved with organising event and attending weekly meeting. Nathan is also a STEM ambassador and has been involved by attending and promoting the STEM subjects locally at Moray College run events. Another recent project that Nathan has become involved with is the Moray Wellbeing Hub and its Wellbeing Champion Programme. Last year (2017/18) Nathan was a class rep for HNC Computing. He was highly recommended for his work in the HISA Awards Best Class Representative Catgory this year. This year, Nathan has been elected to represent students as the Activities and Welfare role officer for HISA Moray 2018 – 2019.

Rosemary McCormack - Academic Staff Representative

Rosemary has over 30 years’ experience in managing and leading in private and public sector organisations. She prides herself on being an educated, talented, motivated and professional manager, leader and educator, who exhibits a high standard of professional integrity at all times.

Since 1997, she has been a member of the academic staff at Moray College UHI. Her job role for the past 10 years, as an Assistant Director of Curriculum and Quality. Rosemary holds also, a number of other positions internally and externally to the college. Alongside her main role, she is the Equality and Diversity Lead and Practitioner for the college, has recently written, and published the colleges 2017 Equalities Mainstreaming Report, the 2017-2019 Set of Equalities Outcomes and the 2017 Gender Action Plan. She is a Programme Leader for University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) on the BSc (hons) Integrative Healthcare degree. Rosemary led the development of this degree, through to its successful validation in early 2017 (this degree being the only one of its kind in Scotland). She is currently a Staff Representative Governor on UHI Court, an Associate Lecturer and Mentor with the University of Dundee, an External Verifier with both the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) and the Awarding Body Consortium (ABC). Until recently, she was also a Senior External Verifier for the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), where she held this position for 10 years and an Associate Assessor with Education Scotland.

Rosemary is a fellow with the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). She is a member of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Amongst the various qualifications and skills set Rosemary holds, she has an MSc in Leadership and Management and a BA in Tertiary Education. She sees herself as being a ‘lifelong learner’ and believes that every day is a new day for learning and adding to her repertoire of life and professional achievements

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Caroline Webster

Caroline has Lived and worked in Moray for over 20 years as Chartered Building Surveyor.  Manages local office department of Building Surveying and Architectural services as part of wider national team.  Deals with all building types and associated services from small scale residential surveys to larger scale commercial dilapidation claims and the historic build heritage as a Conservation Accredited Building Surveyor.  Contract Administration, Planning and Professional Service including expert witness, dilapidations, insurance claims, maintenance and report, budget costings and feasibility appraisals.

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