Board of Directors
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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 Clerk to the Board.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Elected by the Parents' Association
I have worked for NCR for the past 18 years, starting in London, then relocating back to Scotland 5 years ago. I have worked in a number of roles and I am currently HR Leader for the UK & Ireland. I am a highly experienced Human Resources Leader in Compensation, Labour Relations, Management, Interviewing, and Succession Planning with a Masters’ degree from the University of Westminster, with a research focus on Personnel and Development.
I have a daughter in F2 at HSD which means I feel I am ideally placed to ensure that the Parent perspective is fully represented both at a whole Board level and in sub-committees and groups. I am very much looking forward to working in tandem with the Rector, SLT, wider staff, and Parents Association Committee.
I love to keep active and fit and enjoy lots of family walks with our beloved dog, Archie. I also love to travel the world, visiting as many different places as possible and spending time in London with dear friends.
Elected by the Guildry Incorporation of Dundee
Mr Ian Mathers
I was appointed to the Board in October 2019.
A native of Montrose, I retired after nearly 40 years in Corporate Banking holding Senior management positions with Bank of Scotland and HBOS. An itinerant professional career took me to several locations around the UK including Aberdeen, Dundee, London, Edinburgh and Chester.
I relocated back to Tayside and now work part time with owner-managed businesses, acting as a mentor to executives as they look to grow their businesses in new and existing markets.
Throughout my professional life and in retirement, I have held a number of non-executive positions including Chair at Perth College, University of the Highlands & Islands, Vice Chair of Air Service Training, Scone and a Board Member & Chair of Finance Committee at Abertay Housing Association, Dundee. I am currently Vice Chair of Leisure & Culture Dundee and a Trustee of Dundee Disabled Children’s Association.
I have always been keen to be involved in and support the local community, primarily as a member of Rotary International for more than 30 years and president of the Rotary Club of Dundee in 2012. Interests include gardening, golf, travel and music. My wife and I both enjoy the wide range of cultural offerings in our City.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr David Thomson
I was appointed to the Board in August 2020.
I am a Director of DC Thomson & Co Ltd., an international media and investment business which has had its roots in Dundee for over 100 years.
My 3 children are all currently being educated at the High School and I am also a former pupil.
I am a qualified CA, having trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Edinburgh. I spent 3 1/2 years in the Audit Department before moving to the Public Private partnership team and joined DC Thomson in 2003.
I hold a number of non-executive positions, including on the V&A Dundee where I chair the Finance and Risk Committee and also led the recent Nominations Committee for the appointment of the new chair. I am also a non-executive on British Ice Skating, the NGB which oversees and promotes ice skating in the UK. I am also part of the team supporting the Eden Project with their feasibility study for Eden Scotland.
Mr Jean-Christophe Granier
Jean-Christophe Granier (JC) is Joint Managing Director of the global manufacturing company J&D Wilkie which focusses on Advanced Textile Technology and has its Head Office in Kirriemuir. In 2019, JC won both the Scottish and UK EY Entrepreneur of the Year “Transformational Leader” awards. He has also served as a mentor for the Saltire Foundation and firmly believes in the importance of collaboration with colleagues and our customers to ensure that we are best able to meet their needs.
JC’s wife is a former pupil of HSD and both his children are here too. In his spare time JC enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing golf and supporting his favourite football team Manchester United.