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The Board of Trustees meets four times each year to discuss and support the ongoing development of WPCS.  Trustees have ultimate responsibility for the running of WPCS and are happy to hear from anyone who might wish to discuss any aspect of the work with them.

WPCS Trustees:

Mary Senior - Chair


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Mary Senior is the Scotland Official of the University and College Union (UCU), the largest trade union in higher education for lecturers, academic related staff, researchers and managers. Mary is a member of the STUC’s General Council, and serves on the Workplace Chaplaincy Scotland board as an STUC nominee. Mary is a member of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) Commission on Economic Justice. Prior to her appointment at UCU, Mary was an Assistant Secretary with the Scottish Trades Union Congress, and previously worked for Unison, and for the GMB union as its Equal Rights Officer. A graduate of the University of Sheffield, Mary has lived in the west of Scotland for over 20 years.

David Lonsdale - Outgoing Chair

David Lonsdale

David Lonsdale) is Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium and Head of Devolved Government Affairs for the British Retail Consortium (covering Scotland, Northern Ireland & Wales). He joined the organisation in January 2014. Prior to this he was Assistant Director at CBI Scotland for eight years and before that worked at the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, rising from Policy Officer to become Head of Policy & Public Affairs. David’s responsibilities at the SRC involve representing and promoting the interests of the retail industry to government, policy makers and opinion formers on a wide range of public policy issues. He is a board member of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, the trade association for the tourism industry, and a member of SCDI’s National Policy Committee. He served previously as a member of the Church of Scotland’s Commission on the Purposes of Economic Activity and is a past Chair of the Homes for Scotland Quality Awards.

Andrew Milligan

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Andrew Milligan, OBE, is Head of Global Strategy at Aberdeen Standard Investments, the global fund manager.  Andrew advises the Chief Executive Officer and the senior fund management team with economic, market and political analysis.  He is a member of the Global Investment Group forming the House View, as well as the Strategic Investment Group making decisions on the absolute return funds.  The Strategy team writes the well-respected Global series of research publications for clients, which are also distributed widely across the media.  His career began at HM Treasury, notably on IMF/World Bank issues followed by Lloyds Bank where he was an Economic Adviser, Smith New Court as an International Economist, and Chief Economist with New Japan Securities Europe. He moved to Morley Fund Management (now Aviva) in 1996 to take up the position of Director of Economic Research & Business Risk, and joined Standard Life Investments in Edinburgh in 2000. Andrew is a Fellow of the Society of Professional Economists, the leading organisation serving business economists in the UK. He is also a member of Court of Heriot Watt University, sits on the development board for the refurbishment of the Kings Theatre in Edinburgh, and is a Fellow of the RSA. From 2007-14, he was a Board member of the government sponsored Technology Strategy Board, now known as Innovate UK. He received an OBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list for ‘services to innovation and the economy’.

David Laing

David Laing

David Laing is a solicitor with Ledingham Chalmers LLP where he was formerly chairman and is now a consultant. He is a former chairman of The Scottish Bible Society, of which he is now a vice-president.

Grahame Smith

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Grahame Smith  is General Secretary of the Scottish TUC. He is a former member of the Industrial Mission Trust and the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council. Grahame serves on a number of economic and industry bodies including the Board of Skills Development Scotland, the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board, the Fair Work Convention, the Board of SCDI, and the MER Forum, the UK Government’s group for the oil and gas industry.

Vince McKeown

Vince McKeown

Vince McKeown is Director of Commercial Operations of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, an appointment that followed on from his SCDI Directorship of Membership & Partnership Services to which he was appointed in 2011. Vince joined the SCDI team in 2008 as Membership Development Manager.  He served on the Board of Management of Cumbernauld College from June 2010 – November 2013.  His previous roles include nine years in the commercial team at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, three of which were as Head of Business Development.  Prior to this, Vince spent eight years in client-facing commercial roles with two global pharmaceutical organisations.  He studied at the University of Strathclyde and holds a BSc (Hons) in Immunology & Microbiology.

Rev Alistair Cook

Rev Alistair Cook

Rev Alistair Cook has been the Minister of St Mary’s & Old Parish Church linked with Teviot & Roberton Church in Hawick since February 2017, having previously been the minister of Lylesland Parish Church in Paisley for 8 years.   He was appointed a member of the Church of Scotland Ministries Council in May 2015.  He was previously a Chartered Accountant in professional practice, qualifying in 1985.  He worked in the tax department of Ernst & Young, latterly as Tax Manager, before establishing, in 1992, Cook & Co, Chartered Accountants, a general practice firm with a significant involvement in charity clients.  He retired as a partner in the firm in 2004 on responding to a call to the ministry.  Alistair served on the Board of Glasgow City Mission as treasurer for a number of years until 2008.

Rev Dr Jim Purves

Rev Jim Purves

The Rev Dr Jim Purves serves as Mission & Ministry Advisor to the Baptist Union of Scotland. Responsible for the oversight and promotion of mission and ministry development within the Baptist Union of Scotland, with the aim of encouraging our ministers and churches to seek and strive for the growth of God’s Kingdom throughout Scotland, Jim is also commissioned to reflect on the development of mission and ministry in light of the changes currently taking place within the denomination, the global church and Scottish society, in order to stimulate discussion and facilitate the implementation of new initiatives.

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Paul Clelland – Company Secretary/ Financial Director

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