Board and Governance

The Board of Management


The Board of Management was established under the provisions of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992. The Board is the governing body of our College, responsible for setting the institution’s strategic direction and for monitoring its performance. Along with the other Glasgow colleges they also deliver the aims and outcomes of the Regional Outcome Agreement for Glasgow.

The Board consists of a maximum of 18 Board members, including the Principal, 2 Student Members, and 2 Staff members (Teaching and Support). The remainder comprise individuals with experience in industrial, commercial, financial, educational, and other professional areas. They bring their expertise and experience on a voluntary basis.

Since August 2014, the Glasgow Colleges' Regional Board is responsible for appointing new board members to the three Glasgow College Boards, and for setting regional strategic priorities.

All Board of Management and Board Committee agendas, minutes and papers will be published and available in this section in due course.

Alisdair Barron MBE

Alisdair Barron is the Chair of our Board of Management. He has a wealth of experience as a human resources and industrial relations specialist in the avionics, brewing, leisure and soccer industries, civil service and NHS. He is also a director of two national youth employment and skill development charities and chair, chief executive and president of three European paediatric palliative care charities. Alisdair is the longest serving member of Scotland’s Children’s Panel and received an MBE in 2006 for his work with sick children in Romania.

William George Black CBE

George was Glasgow City Council's Director of Finance for four years before serving as Chief Executive for 12 years. During that time, he had overall responsibility for a revenue budget of £2.3billion and a workforce of 32,000. He also chaired the Commonwealth Games Programme Board and co-chaired the Games Executive Committee. He retired in December 2014.

David Eaton

David currently works as Curriculum Leader for our School of Computing, based at our campus in North Hanover Street.

Prof. Jim Gallacher

Jim is Emeritus Professor of Lifelong Learning at Glasgow Caledonian University, and Honorary Professor at the University of the Highlands and Islands and the University of Stirling. He established the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning (CRLL) at Caledonian in 1999, and was co-director until 2008. During his membership of the Scottish Funding Council from 2005-10, he chaired the Access and Inclusion Committee. He was also a member of the Glasgow College of Nautical Studies Board and now chairs the Scottish Universities Association for Lifelong Learning. Jim was an adviser to the Scottish Parliament's Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for their inquiry into lifelong learning.

George L Galloway

Biography to follow

Ian Gilmour

Ian is the Students' Association President for 2015-16. He's just completed his HND in Radio Broadcasting and has spent several years working part-time in broadcasting and media. Ian was previously the Students' Association International Officer and was heavily involved with the International Society, the cricket club and other extra-curricular activities. He ran his full presidential campaign in a kilt and pledged to bring the many cultures and campuses together ahead of the move into the our new state-of-the-art facilities.

Jamie-Lee Gooding

Jamie-lee Gooding is an HND Legal Service student at City of Glasgow College.  While at College she worked for House of Fraser and is now Vice President of Social Activities which she enjoys. By the end of this year she would like to have made a difference in the Students’ Association as well as finish her course at City of Glasgow College with 3 A's.  She plans to continue her studies at University.

Prof. Tracey Howe

Tracey has held an extensive range of senior roles in UK universities with an impressive track record of consistent achievements. Originally a Chartered Physiotherapist she currently holds a personal Chair in Rehabilitation Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University. She has served on numerous international and UK research commissioning, policy and governance panels. Her personal research has won numerous awards for their important contribution to priority areas of health policy. Tracey achieved a UK award for ‘Innovation in recruitment and career development'. She is also Director of Cochrane Global Ageing, connecting people and organisations across the world to exchange ideas, evidence and expertise.

Karen Kelly

Karen has recently moved into freelance working specialising in financial management, organisational governance and programme oversight and assurance.  From 2012 to 2015 she was Head of Corporate Programmes at City of Edinburgh Council, responsible for overseeing and supporting a diverse range of projects. Prior to this she was Head of Financial Services and also spent time as Treasurer to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Forth Road Bridge. Before joining City of Edinburgh Council in 2006 she was Head of Finance and ICT at East Dunbartonshire Council. Karen is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, serving as Chair in 2008-09, and is a member of the Institute Council.

Paul Little

Paul Little is the founding Principal and CEO of Scotland’s leading college, ranked number one in UK (WorldSkills). 

A Harvard Business School graduate and distinguished academic, Paul Little brings a wealth of experience in tertiary sector transformation, curriculum innovation and performance excellence.  

He has for the past 28 years successfully led and reshaped five UK colleges earning a national and international reputation as a visionary reformer, successful change agent, merger specialist and thought leader in redefining college education. He has successfully pioneered the merger of Glasgow’s specialist colleges into a world class super college for 40,000 students.

As a qualified yacht skipper, Paul enjoys sailing. He served with HM Coastguard as a part-time search and rescue Officer for 30 years, completed several tours of duty with the US Coastguard and was decorated three times by the Queen.  

Colin McMurray

Colin started out as a deck cadet with BP Shipping before working his way up to Chief Officer with Sea Containers Ferries Scotland. He joined Clyde Marine Training in 2004 and is now MD. Colin also sits on a number of maritime committees, is president of the Scottish Shipping Benevolent Association, and was named Young Business Person of Year at the 2010 Glasgow Business Awards.

Graham Mitchell

Graham is a chartered surveyor with a background in facility and project management, including a variety of development types and values. He is currently MD of a family-run property investment company based in Glasgow. Before this, he was director of a property service business for 18 years, overseeing its growth into a multi-disciplined organisation with offices across Scotland.

Robert Morrison

Robert studied HND Computer Support at Glasgow College of Nautical Studies from 1996-1998, before joining the college's IT department in April 1999. Since then he's been IT Operations Manager and now heads up Operations, which deals with Estates, Facilities and the Operations Helpdesk. Robert served as staff support member on the board of Glasgow Nautical College and also as a member on the shadow board during the merger of the three colleges in 2010. Outside work, he's a keen keep fit enthusiast, gardener and cook.

Stuart Patrick

Stuart Patrick is Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, committed to the business success of Chamber members and championing the economic growth of the Glasgow city region.  Stuart joined the Chamber in 2009 having previously spent 17 years at Scottish Enterprise specialising in urban economic development and the transformation of Glasgow where he led Scottish Enterprise Glasgow. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, has an MBA from Strathclyde University and an accountancy degree from Glasgow University.  He is a member of the Glasgow Economic Leadership board, chair of the Wise Group and sits on the boards of Clyde Gateway, Scottish Opera and Glasgow Science Centre.  

Anne Peters

Biography to follow.

Eric Tottman-Trayner

After starting his engineering career in 1963, Eric worked for the South of Scotland Electricity Board (SSEB) on the construction, commissioning and operation of Hunterston B. He also worked at Torness and as a principal engineer for what is now British Energy Ltd. In 1999 he became a Technical Director with the Babtie Group before starting work at the Hunterston A decommissioning site in 2005. During this time he completed his nuclear power plant ‘whole lifecycle’ training, developing a reputation for offering pragmatic solutions in waste processing and decommissioning. Eric was the Chairman of the Board of Management of Central College of Commerce from 2003-2010. A keen musician, he is the proud owner of a Ramirez Spanish Guitar.

Lesley Woolfries

After graduating from the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Lesley joined Glasgow architects Holmes Miller in 2001, where she is now an Associate Director. She now works across the residential, commercial, sports and educational sectors and is a keen mentor of young talent in the construction industry. Lesley served on the Central Scotland branch committee of Women in Property for five years and was branch chairman in 2008. Passionate about sport, she also represented Scotland at the World Netball Championships in New Zealand and Jamaica.

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