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The Skills Committee is jointly clerked with Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Clerks: Louise Lauchlan (SFC), / Kathleen Nisbet (SDS),

Skills Committee meeting papers

Skills Committee standing orders

Meeting dates

21 September 2016
2 February 2017
27 April 2017
23 August 2017
22 November 2017

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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.

We will 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 (SDS) and other partners to deliver Skills for Scotland and help take forward relevant key priorities in Scotland's economic strategy.


SFC Council members

SDS Council members

External members

  • Amanda Brown
    Strategic Insight Director at Kantar WorldPanel
  • Dr Janet Brown
    Chief Executive, Scottish Qualifications Authority
  • Dr Allan Colquhoun
    University Liaison and Emerging Technologies Manager, SELEX Galileo
  • Doreen Davidson
    Senior Director, Charles River
  • Gordon Grant
    Former Director, Ineos
  • Sylvia Halkerston
    Former Director, Macphie of Glenbervie Ltd
  • Vaughan Hart
    Managing Director, Scottish Building Federation
  • Rob Henthorn
    Vice President (Education), NUS Scotland
  • Professor Ewart Keep
    Professor of Education, Training and Skills, Department of Education, Oxford University
  • Donald Macrae
    Former Chief Economist, Lloyds Banking Group 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


  • Linda Hanna, Scottish Enterprise
  • Mike McElhinney – Scottish Government – Employability, Skills & Lifelong Learning Directorate
  • Carroll Buxton, Highlands and Islands Enterprise