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The Chair of the Scottish Funding Council, Mike Cantlay, has welcomed the reappointment of Sheila Duncan and the appointments of Linda Hanna and Grant Ritchie as members of the SFC Board. The appointments were announced earlier today by Higher and Further Education Minister, Graeme Dey.

The reappointment of Sheila Duncan will run from 4 November 2023 to 28 June 2024. While the appointments of Linda Hanna and Grant Richie will run from 13 November 2023 to 28 June 2024.

Sheila Duncan has over 20 years business experience and during her career has held a number of senior human resources (HR) positions in both Financial services and the Energy sector. Throughout her career, Sheila has been strongly committed to education and lifelong learning, championing diversity, inclusion and accessibility for all irrespective of background. Sheila holds an M.A. (Hons) from the University of Glasgow and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development.

Linda Hanna is an experienced leader and non-executive working across academia, public and private sectors focusing on innovation and economic opportunities. She brings deep understanding of economic and regional development as well as both public sector and academic delivery to the Council. With a keen interest in science, innovation and skills, Linda now has a portfolio of interests including the Chair of Scotland’s Rural College and as a Strategic Adviser to University of Glasgow, Smart Things Accelerator Centre and Primary Engineer.

Grant Ritchie has extensive experience of the post-schools education sector having worked for over 30 years at Dundee and Angus College, serving as Principal for over five years. He led the development of creative industries provision at Dundee and Angus College and was responsible for the £50 million Gardyne Campus redevelopment and building of the Space Dance centre. He is a past chair of the Angus Community Planning Partnership, the Colleges Scotland skilled workforce forum, the Scottish Qualification Authority’s (SQA) Higher National Next Generation Steering group, and the Energy Skills Partnership.

Mr Cantlay said:

“I am delighted that Sheila has agreed to extend her appointment and that we’ll have the ongoing benefit of her experience over the coming months. I’m also delighted to welcome Linda and Grant to the Board. The expert contribution of all three will be especially valuable in the face of the challenges and opportunities currently faced by the sector.“