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Joint SFC / Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Skills Committee

Skills and employability have a direct impact on individual life chances, the performance of our economy and the effectiveness of public services. Working in partnership with Scotland's colleges, universities, training providers and other key stakeholders, the Skills Committee will contribute to creating a learning system that is accessible to all, enhances the employability of learners and increases the demand for skills among employers and individuals.

About Us

We aim to improve the understanding of skills needs in different areas of the economy and work in partnership with stakeholders to ensure that Scotland has a skilled and adaptable workforce to benefit a prospering economy and a flourishing society. The Committee aims to become a significant platform for skills policy development and interventions in Scotland, enabling SFC, Skills Development Scotland and other partners to deliver Skills for Scotland and help take forward relevant key priorities in Scotland's economic strategy.


SFC Board members

SDS Board members

External members

  • Amanda Brown
    Strategic Insight Director at Kantar WorldPanel.
  • Dr Allan Colquhoun
    Leonardo MW Ltd.
  • Doreen Davidson
    Senior Director, Charles River.
  • Gordon Grant
    Former Director, Ineos.
  • Vaughan Hart
    Managing Director, Scottish Building Federation.
  • Rob Henthorn
    Vice President (Education), NUS Scotland.
  • Professor Craig Mahoney
    Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of Scotland
  • Barry McCulloch
    Senior Policy Advisor - Scotland, Federation of Small Businesses.
  • Stuart McKenna
    Chief Executive of Scottish Training Federation.
  • Patricia Rainey
    Cluster Director of HR, Marriott Hotel.
  • Dr Ken Thomson
    Principal and Chief Executive, Forth Valley College.


  • Carroll Buxton, Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
  • Gavin Gray, Scottish Government: Employability, Skills & Lifelong Learning Directorate.
  • Linda Hanna, Scottish Enterprise.
  • Donald MacRae. Independent - Former Chief Economist at Lloyds Banking Group Scotland.
  • John McMorris, Scottish Qualifications Agency.
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