Meet the Board
Mary joined the board in 2014 and is a graduate of the Parenting Matters course. Since joining the Board, she has been heavily involved in the recruitment of new staff for the existing and new services. Mary has enjoyed a varied career in education, teaching in early years, primary, and secondary schools. She found being a primary headteacher very rewarding, and prior to retirement had the great privilege of being Head of Service for North Ayrshire Council, with responsibility for Education for Children and Young People. As well as spending time with her family, Mary enjoys travelling, gardening, hill-walking, cooking, and reading.
Many years ago Alan set up Heatwise Glasgow and the Wise Group, helping long-term unemployed people get into work. He was also the Senior Director for Skills and Learning in Scottish Enterprise. Through working with unemployed people and in compiling labour market information for Scotland, Alan became aware that the skills employers want are the same skills that you need to negotiate life. That is talking and listening, working with other people, and elementary problem solving - skills or attributes you get or do not get way before school. Alan has two teenage children and has written a book "Right from the Start".