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Grant Ritchie

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Fellow and Associate Director of College Development Network; Ex Principal, Dundee & Angus College

Grant was educated at Harris Academy, Dundee and graduated with an Honours Degree in History from Aberdeen University. After working in local government and freelance journalism he joined Dundee College in 1985. He completed his FE teaching qualification in 1989 and also has a postgraduate qualification in Educational Leadership from the University of Leicester.

He began as a lecturer in communications, and, prior to becoming Principal, was responsible for the growth of creative and cultural industries in Dundee College, the development of the award winning Space Dance Centre, and the £50m redevelopment of the Gardyne campus.

He sits on a range of local Boards and Committees and is past Chair of the Angus Community Planning Partnership. Nationally he has chaired the Energy Skills Project, ESP, leading the College sector in industry engagement. He also led SQA’s HN Next Generation Project and Colleges Scotland’s Skilled Workforce Group.

Grant was awarded the SQA Fellowship in 2017 and is a Fellow and Associate Director of the College Development Network.

Grant is passionate about the ways that colleges can transform the lives of people in the community and he wants to see colleges driving economic recovery by working with business to make sure the right skills are in the right place at the right time.

Grant’s appointment runs from 13 November 2023 to 28 June 2024.

Register of Interests

1. Remunerated directorships.

None.

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession or other activity.

Associate Director College Development Network – self employed status.

3. Clients connected with the further and/or higher education sector or other aspects of the Council’s business.

None.

4. Significant gifts or hospitality arising from Board or Committee membership. (To be reported as soon as reasonably practical).

None.

5. Significant shareholdings in a public company where the value is more than 1% of the total issued share value of the company.

None.

6. Significant shareholdings in a private company which might give rise to a conflict of interest or trust.

None.

7. Public activity in support of a political party within the previous five years.

None.

8. Miscellaneous, for example, unremunerated posts, honorary positions and other connections which might give rise to a conflict of interest or trust.

Chair of Gardyne Theatre Board, Dundee, Voluntary post.

9. Relevant and known interests of spouse, partner and close family.

None.

SFC Strategic Plan 2022-27

Building a connected, agile, sustainable tertiary education and research system for Scotland.

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