Board of Governors

The Board consists of thirteen elected Governors plus two nominated Governors, one of whom is nominated jointly by the Senates of Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities, and one of whom is nominated by The Glasgow Academical Club (usually the Club President). The Board has the power to co-opt three further Governors, giving a maximum total of eighteen Governors. Ultimate responsibility for governance of the school is vested in the Board which normally meets seven times each year.

The Governors are both charitable trustees and directors of The Glasgow Academicals’ War Memorial Trust, the company limited by guarantee and registered charity which runs The Glasgow Academy. The Trust was set up in 1920 to honour the former pupils who died in the First World War, and for this reason the Articles of Association of the Trust prescribe that nine of the thirteen elected Governors shall be former pupils.

It is important that The Board of Governors attracts appropriately skilled individuals able to make a positive contribution to the running of the school, and that those individuals are drawn, as far as possible, from backgrounds which reflect the diversity of our school community. A Nominations Sub-Committee of the Board invites nominations for elected Governors each year from members of the Board and other interested parties, including members of staff and parents, on the basis of the Board’s specifications concerning eligibility, personal competence, specialist skills and local availability. Nominations are submitted to the Annual General Meeting each year for election.

Governors are inducted into the workings of The Glasgow Academicals’ War Memorial Trust, including Board policies and procedures, at an induction event conducted by the Chairman, the Secretary and General Manager. Governors also receive training on the various aspects of their role through regular briefings at Governors’ meetings and periodic refresher training on roles and responsibilities delivered during an annual weekend. Governors are also encouraged to attend relevant external courses.

Governors are normally elected to serve a maximum of two three-year terms.

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Mr Graham Scott F.C.I.B.S. (Chairman of Governors)
Mr Graham Scott was a pupil at The Academy from 1959 to 1972 and his daughter also attended for 13 years. He worked with the Bank of Scotland for over 30 years holding various senior executive positions and now has a number of non-executive director appointments together with his own consultancy. Mr Scott had a previous spell on the Board from 2001 to 2007 and served as Chair of the Finance Committee.

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Mrs Christine Abercrombie B.Acc., C.A.
Christine Abercrombie was a pupil at Westbourne School for Girls 1970-1982. Her daughter has attended The Academy since 2006. She served as Treasurer on the Committee of the Westbourne "Old Girls' Club" for several years prior to the amalgamation with the Academical Club. More recently she has been involved in the committee organising the Westbourne Reunions. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985 and has, along with her husband, run her own practice in Bearsden for the past 23 years.

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Mrs Susan Binns, Dip. Ed., B.Ed., PG Dip School Leadership and Management (S.Q.H.)
Mrs Susan Binns was a pupil at Westbourne School for Girls 1975–1981. She was actively involved in the ‘Old Girls’ Club and served as president for a number of years prior to the amalgamation with the Academical Club. She is an employee of Glasgow City Council Education Department, and was a Head Teacher for thirteen years. Recently she took up the strategic post of Lead Officer: Learning and Teaching across the City of Glasgow. She is a member of our Education Committee.

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Ms Karen Dinardo, C.Eng., M.I.C.E., M.I. Struct E., M.C.I.H.T.
Ms Karen Dinardo attended Atholl Preparatory School (1969 to 1973) then Westbourne School for Girls 1973-1983. She qualified as a Chartered Engineer in 1992, and works with her family in the DP Group, and is a Director of Dinardo Partnership Ltd, Consulting Civil/Structural Engineers, covering the whole of Scotland. Karen is Vice President of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, and continues to actively promote Engineering for young people.

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Mr Tommy Gemmill LL.B., N.P.
Mr Tommy Gemmill was a pupil at The Academy 1964-1976 and is Secretary to the Board of Governors. He is the senior partner in a legal firm in Glasgow. He has had two children educated at The Academy.

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Mr. Jeremy Glen, LL.B, Dip.L.P., N.P.
Mr Jeremy Glen was elected to the Board in 2012. He was a pupil at The Academy 1975–1983. He currently has one child at The Academy, and one child who recently left to go on to university. He is a partner in a legal firm in Glasgow and is a member of our Property, Health & Safety and Facilities Committee.

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Mr Duncan Mackison
Mr Duncan Mackison was elected to the Board in 2015 and currently has two children at The Academy. He was a pupil at The Academy 1982-1985 and has two children at the school; on their mother's side they are the fourth consecutive generation to attend. Following nine years as a Royal Marines Officer, Duncan developed a career in facilities services and strategic property management. He is currently the Chief Operations Officer for Buccleuch Group and Chair of Alba Trees plc.

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Professor Andrew Marshall
Professor Andrew Marshall joined the University of Strathclyde in 1991 after a spell in industry with KPMG. His research is focused on risk management, derivatives, corporate and international finance. He has published over fifty papers in international journals, including recently Journal of Empirical Finance, European Financial Management, Journal of Corporate Finance and Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. He was Head of Department for six years from 2007 to 2013. He has taught accounting and finance courses in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Bahrain, Oman, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Tanzania, China, Australia, France and Spain.

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Mr John Mason B.Acc., C.A.
John is a Director within Johnston Carmichael's Business Advisory team in Glasgow. He has built a strong reputation for advising entrepreneurs and SME’s in the owner-managed business sector. John provides assurance and tax advice to a variety of clients across the UK with particular experience in the Construction and Hospitality sectors. John and his team regularly advise across a wide range of issues and look to help clients focus on key strategic and commercial opportunities. John trained & qualified with Ernst Young in 1993 before working for his father’s business – JA Mason & Co for two years. He was then appointed as a partner at French Duncan in 1996 and grew a wide portfolio of clients. John is also currently President of The Glasgow Academical Club.

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Mr Stuart McCaffer B.Com., C.A.
Mr Stuart McCaffer was elected to the Board in 2011 and was a pupil at The Academy from 1970 to 1981. He is Chair of our Finance Committee. He currently has three children at The Academy. He runs a company that develops and operates hotels throughout the UK.

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Dr Kristeen Percival M.B., Ch.B, M.R.C.G.P
Dr Kristeen Percival was elected to the Board in 2015 and currently has two sons at The Academy. She is a General Practitioner in the East End of Glasgow where she been a partner since 1991.

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Mr Andrew Sime B.A. (Hon)
Mr Andrew Sime was a pupil at The Glasgow Academy from 1979 to 1985. He is married with two daughters. He works for IBM UK and is the Director responsible for the IBM Enterprise Business in Scotland. Andrew joined IBM in 1996 and has enjoyed being a part of the exciting transformation that has been so important to IBM, starting his career in hardware sales and today being part of the Global Cognitive and Cloud Platform company that is IBM. During his career with IBM, he has held a variety of sales and management positions across a number of sectors including Public Sector, Insurance, Banking and Energy. Andrew has also served as a member of the CBI Scotland Council and is currently a Council Director of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

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Mr Andrew Waddell, M.A., C.A., A.S.I.P.
Mr Andrew Waddell is a Director of Speirs & Jeffrey, one of the UK’s leading investment management firms. He has a broad client base and is the Director with responsibility for overseeing the firm's research department. An honours graduate in political studies from Aberdeen University, Andrew is a Chartered Accountant, having trained with Chiene & Tait in Edinburgh. After qualifying as a CA, he joined Edinburgh Fund Managers (now part of Aberdeen Asset Management), working as a fund manager within the group's UK small companies team and then its enlarged UK department. Andrew joined Speirs & Jeffrey in 1999 and is a Member of the Chartered Financial Analysts Society of the UK, and acts as trustee or sits on the committees of a number of external organisations. He has three children at The Academy.