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Board of Directors

Overall responsibility for the administration of the School lies with the Board of Directors.

Board members are elected by bodies within the School and business communities. There are also six co-opted members.

The School's Bursar - Miss Claire MacDonald LLB CA - is Secretary to the Board.

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Chairman

Mr Iain Bett

I am the current Chairman and have been on the Board of HSD for over 8 years. I was educated at High School of Dundee before joining the family business, Bett Bros, which became a PLC in 1968. During my time with the company I performed many roles culminating as Executive Chairman. Throughout this time I was President of the Scottish Plant Owners Association and also the Benevolent Society of the Licensed Trades of Scotland.

In my youth I played rugby for both DHSFP and was also Captain of Panmure Rugby Club for three years. I am a past captain of Panmure Golf Club and also a member of the R&A Golf Club where I served on committee for a number of years.

I am currently a partner in a small property company along with two of my former colleagues.

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Ex Officio Directors

Mr Scott Williamson, Lord Dean of Guild

I am Lord Dean of Guild and joined the High School of Dundee Board in 2019. Currently Chairman of Blackadders and Partner in their Trust, Tax, Care and Guardianship Unit, I have a wide variety of experience in private client work including Wills, Powers of Attorney, Estates, Trust Creation and Administration. I am also involved in setting up and running charities, including acting as a Charity Trustee.

I am a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and a Notary Public.

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Elected by Guildry of Dundee

Mr Brian Cram

I attended the High School of Dundee from 1953 until 1966, and very much enjoyed my time at school. I was an active player of rugby and cricket, and a member of the CCF.

Going on to study Economics at the University of Edinburgh, I gained a BSc before coming back to Dundee and joining Moody Stuart & Robertson CA, whose offices were coincidentally situated directly across from the school. I was also a participant in the FP Rugby Team for many years.

I have been a member of the School's Board of Directors and a member of the Friends of the High School of Dundee for some 18 years now. In my spare time, I enjoy fishing, rotary and spending quality time with my family.

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Elected by Nine Trades of Dundee

Mr Bruce Donaldson

I am very excited at the opportunity to contribute and help shape the future direction of the school that I am a former pupil of, a school that continues to be an important part of the City of Dundee and our surrounding region.

On a community level I am currently the regional Chair for Young Enterprise Scotland, specifically overseeing and running the Company Program. Young Enterprise has been running this SQA Level 6 approved program for over forty years allowing 5th and 6th year students to create and run a fully registered business throughout the academic year. We fully support and mentor the students taking them through a valuable journey of awakening as to their place in the “real world” allowing them to learn a host of valuable soft skills along with business acumen.

I am also the current education convener for The Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee and as such have a close hand in looking to further the trades involvement in education within the city on a range of levels, seeking to find where they can support and further the endeavours of education overall.

As for my professional background I have had a varied range of experiences and roles held. From qualifying and initially working locally as a Civil Engineer, to working as a professional musician throughout the UK and Europe; setting up and running a successful food and drink business covering all of Scotland and beyond; and now my current role as a business advisor to Dundee and Angus College. I therefore see myself as having a broad range of diverse skills which I can bring to bear on this exciting role.

I live locally and enjoy spending time with my family and being in the outdoors, cycling, walking and trying to keep fit as my children now approach that time when they can outrun/cycle me!

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Elected by the Old Boys' Club

Mr Harvie L Findlay

I am a retired Chartered Accountant and for many years I was Finance Director and Company Secretary of Wm Low & Company PLC, the Scottish supermarket company, and subsequently held a similar position with Wright Health Group Ltd in Dundee.

I am also a keen sportsman and have strong links with both the FP rugby and cricket clubs and believe strongly in the importance of sport in the curriculum.

I have been a member of the Board of Governors since 1987 and I also chair the Finance Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

 

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Elected by the Old Girls' Club

Mrs Lynne Henderson

I was delighted to be invited to join the HSD Board in August 2017 as the Old Girls' Representative to the board. As a former pupil and former parent of the school, I welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the running of the school, which has been a big part of my life for many years.

In terms of community involvement, I have worked with several local charities over the last 23 years. I am currently Chairman of Balgay Children's Society, trustee of the WM Sword Charitable Trust and a newly appointed trustee of the Leng Trust, all based in Dundee. I am also an Amps Supporter of Creative Dundee and am delighted to be able to support, and at times be part of, the great work that they do in the city, through community engagement.

On a professional level, I have a background in design and marketing, leisure management, property, and accommodation provision. I am a director of our family property company, Morton Properties. In addition to this I co-own, with my husband, a holiday letting and serviced apartment business, with bases in St Andrews and Dundee.

I am married to Guy, who works for Rautomead Ltd, and we have three daughters, the youngest of whom has just finished school. Outside work, as well spending time with my family, I enjoy travelling, photography, hill walking and skiing.

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Elected by the Parents' Association

Mrs Maita Crowe

I have been a High School of Dundee parent since 2010 and a member of the Parents’ Association since then.  In 2012, I was elected by the PA to the Board of Directors and am also a member of the Education and Welfare and Child Protection groups.

I have over 20 years of worldwide business development experience working with global companies such as NCR Corporation Ltd and Insights Learning and Development, where I am currently Regional Manager for Growing Regions of the World including Asia Pacific China, the Middle East, Central & Eastern Europe, South & Central America, Russia and Africa. My roles have included sales, support, product management, channel marketing and procurement and these experiences, combined with an awareness of various cultures and business practices gained through extensive travel living and working abroad, have allowed me to make a positive contribution in all roles.

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Elected by the Friends of the High School of Dundee

Mr Donald Gordon

I am a retired partner of local solicitors Blackadders where I specialised in financial and other arrangements for private clients, particularly older ones. 

Both my children went to HSD, where they excelled at sports. I was the chairman of the Parents’ Association and taught the cello to a few older pupils for some years. 

My interests on the Board include Finance, Bursaries and Music and I occasionally sing in the choir.

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Elected by the Friends of the High School of Dundee

Mr Andy Lothian

I have served on the High School Board for just over 15 years.

I am CEO of The Insights Group, a global people development company committed to the development of potential in individuals and organisations, and I’m passionate about education in all its forms. My four children were educated at High School of Dundee.

I am Chair of Dundee Heritage Trust, the Charity responsible for Captain Scott’s ship, RRS Discovery. I am also a City Ambassador for the City of Dundee, and I serve on the Scotland Committee of the Institute of Directors.

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Elected by the Friends of the High School of Dundee

Mr Kenneth Murray

I was appointed to the Board of the High School of Dundee in 2007 and serve on the Finance Committee as well as chairing the Investment Review Group. As an FP of the School, I also serve as a Committee member of the Friends of the High School of Dundee and as a Trustee of the Trust Appeal Fund. In 2009 I served as President of the Old Boys’ Club.

I am Head of Investment Trust Accounting at BNP Paribas Securities Services based in Dundee. I am also currently a member of the Association of Investment Companies’ Technical and Accounting Committees; a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, serving on Council from 2000 - 2006 and as a member of the Qualification Board  from 2000 - 2009.  In addition, I am a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, and currently a Trustee of a large Pension Scheme and a director of several charity companies.

I enjoy hill-walking and choral singing.

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Elected by the Friends of the High School of Dundee

Mr Adrian Stewart

I am proud to have been a member of the Board of Directors since 1983. As Chairman between 1996 and 2015, I served with three rectors and during this period the School acquired Mayfield playing fields and pavilion, built the Mayfield Sports Centre, created the all-weather pitches at Dalnacraig and acquired the General Post Office building on Ward Road for the creation of a centre of excellence for the performing and visual arts.

I am currently on the Board’s Finance Committee, Awards Committee, Investment Group and Building Project Group, as well as being a trustee of High School of Dundee Foundation and a Member of the Friends of High School of Dundee. I was Convenor of the Development Committee from 1988 to 1995 when it became the Chairman’s Committee.

My wife and I both attended High School of Dundee from the 1940s to 1960s and both my children also attended from 1973 to 1988. I became a Partner with law firm Thorntons in 1970 and retired in 2000. 

I have served as trustee on various charitable trusts and am currently an elder and Hon Treasurer of Dundee Parish Church (St Mary’s) and Trustee of the St Mary’s Thompson Charitable Fund.

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Co-opted Directors

Dr Bill Maxwell

I joined the High School of Dundee Board in 2019 after a career which culminated in national leadership roles in the development of Scottish education.

I am a proud former pupil of the school, graduating in the vintage year of 1975! After studying Psychology at Oxford and gaining postgraduate degrees at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, I pursued a career as an educational psychologist  before joining HM Inspectorate of Education in the mid-90s. After a series of senior roles in HMIE and the Scottish Government's education directorate between 2002 and 2008, I moved south to become HM Chief Inspector of Education and Training for Wales in 2008. Returning to Scotland to head up the Scottish inspectorate in 2010, I then became CEO of Education Scotland, the new, amalgamated body created in 2011 which joined together Learning & Teaching Scotland and HMIE, a position I held until my retirement in 2017.

I am married with two grown-up daughters, and when not focusing on family and work I am a keen cyclist and mountaineer. I have enjoyed climbing in ranges around the world but particularly love the Scottish hills where I hope shortly to complete my second round of the Munros. My wife and I are also keen consumers of all forms of arts and culture.

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Co-opted Directors

Mr Jim Patrick

A graduate of Aberdeen University in Economics and Accountancy, I spent my early career as a business analyst with a plc, before entering the graphic and web design industry where I was Managing Director of my own firm for 26 years. My business skills cover finance, marketing, project management and HR. I am currently chairman of a Dundee based design group.

I have lived in Dundee for 40 years and both my children attended the school. A former President of the Rotary Club of Dundee, I have been involved extensively in Rotary Youth projects. A Past Deacon of the Dyer Trade, I was appointed as the Nine Incorporated Trades representative on the school board in 2016. Having served my three-year term on the board, I have been asked to continue as a co-opted member, and now chair the Bursary awards sub-committee.

I am a keen golfer and hill walker.

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Co-opted Directors

Mrs Kay Pratt

I joined the Board of Directors in 2019 having  been heavily involved in the School’s Wellbeing and Child Protection Working Group over several years.

I was educated at Morgan Academy, Dundee and St Andrews University.  My children both attended the High School of Dundee.

I have held a number of senior managerial positions within the NHS over approximately 40  years having worked in London, Fife and Tayside in a wide variety of roles. I recently retired as Child Health Commissioner for NHS Tayside. This role required me to lead on and champion the local child health strategy, communicate on child health policy and to lead on partnership working with local authorities and other partners. I am currently co-ordinating two major capital projects for NHS Tayside.   In addition to being a Director at the High School of  Dundee I also sit on the Barnardos’ Scottish National Advisory Board,  am on the Executive of The ARCHIE Foundation and am a advisor for Children’s Health Scotland.  Previous positions held include being Chairman of the 5th Dundee (Downfield) Scout Group from 2012 – 2019. 

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Co-opted Directors

Mr John Robertson

I became a Director in 2010 when I retired from the Rectorship of Dollar Academy. Before Dollar, I had been Assistant Headmaster at Stewart’s Melville in Edinburgh.

My interests are reflected in positions I have held in HMC (including Chairmanship of the Membership Committee which oversees the appointment of Heads to HMC schools worldwide), in the former SCCC, and in the Examination Board in Scotland, where I was Principal Examiner of Higher English for five years.

I enjoy team sport, particularly cricket; travel, world literature, music (particularly Wagner) and drama are also enthusiasms. I enjoy developing links throughout education: as a Director/Governor of three schools north and south of the border, and being involved in the training and appraisal of heads and governors.

In the High School, I am a member of the Education Committee and chair the Well Being and Child Protection Committee. I have also had an article published in The Scottish Farmer – perhaps a first for an ex-Head.

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Co-opted Directors

Mr Ian Simpson

I have recently joined the Board at High School of Dundee and am also currently responsible for Estates and Campus Services at neighbouring Abertay University, covering all aspects of estates and facilities management, student residences and the Student Centre, which incorporates hospitality, retail and catering. I am also responsible for health and safety, business continuity and corporate insurance. I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor by profession and hold an LLM in Construction Law. Prior to joining Abertay University, I was Projects Manager for Fife Council’s PPP schools building programme, leading on the new build development of two secondary and ten primary schools across Fife.

My career has focused almost exclusively on the development and operation of educational buildings and has included part-time secondments with Dundee College, advising on the £47 million redevelopment of their Gardyne Campus, and Fife College, where I advised on the business case for their £90m West Fife Campus project. 

I have experience in non-executive positions as an elected Court member at the University, as a director of the charity Solar Cities Scotland and as a co-opted member of the Finance and Risk Committees of Design Dundee Ltd, the delivery vehicle for the V&A Dundee. I am married and live with my family in St Andrews.

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Co-opted Directors

Mr Kish Srinivasan

As an Economics graduate and a Scottish Chartered Accountant (CA), I pursued a career in educational management/consultancy. Initially as a senior lecturer in Accounting at Napier (Edinburgh), then Head of Accounting and Economics at Dundee Institute of Technology from 1983 to 1990. Thereafter I joined Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMI), overseeing the quality assurance and inspection arrangements for Scotland’s further education colleges.

Most recently, I have been Chairman of the Board at Dundee College. Working for Scottish Ministers I led the merger of Dundee and Angus colleges, creating the larger institution that came into being on 1 November 2013.

My financial background and experience in educational and governance matters are being put to good use in my roles on our Board of Directors – as Vice-Chairman of the Board, a member of the Finance Committee, and also chair of the Education Committee.

I have been involved in the Fife community for many years, most prominently as Chairman of the Rotary Club of North Fife, and as a past captain of Scotscraig Golf Club.