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Trustees

In addition to being a company limited by guarantee, SkillForce became a registered charity in 2004 and is served by a distinguished board of Trustees with wide-ranging experience across the public, private and third sectors.

Sir Iain McMillan CBE - Chairman

Sir Iain McMillan holds a number of Board positions in the business and charitable sectors. He is currently Chairman of SkillForce, Chairman of the University of Strathclyde Business School Advisory Board and a Member of the British American Business Council (BABC) Executive Committee. He is also a Trustee of The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. In 2009, Sir Iain was appointed Honorary Air Commodore of 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

Sir Iain spent twenty-three years with the TSB Group prior to joining the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in 1993. He held the position of Director, CBI Scotland for nineteen years until his retirement in 2014. Other appointments have included the Boards of the Scottish Qualifications Authority, the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Teaching Awards Trust. In various Board positions, Sir Iain has chaired a number of Audit, Remuneration and Nominations Committees. Over the years, he has served on other Boards and public policy groups, including the Commission on Scottish Devolution (Calman Commission). He also chaired the Independent Commission for Competitive and Fair Taxation in Scotland.

Sir Iain is married to Giuseppina and they have three sons and two grandsons. He was educated at Bearsden Academy and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland; Fellow of the Association of International Accountants; Companion of the Chartered Management Institute; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; and Fellow of the Scottish Qualifications Authority. In 2003, Sir Iain was appointed CBE for services to the business community and lifelong learning in Scotland. In 2015, Sir Iain was knighted for services to the Scottish economy.”

Shelley Collins

Shelley is a consultant, trainer and facilitator in strategic diversity management, equal opportunities, leadership, management and staff development. Her clients have included the Metropolitan Police Service, the Army School of Recruiting, the MoD’s Joint Equality an Diversity Training Centre, Tesco, BHS and United Response. Shelley is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a past member of the Racial Justice Task Force of the Baptist Union. She has also chaired the Women in Arts Advisory Board for the Arts Council of Great Britain.

David Courtley

David is a senior executive in the global IT and business services industry. He began his career at Scicon Limited and was Chief Executive of Fujitsu Services (formerly, ICL) from 2001-2008. A cycling enthusiast, David currently provides consultancy services to a number of private equity firms and IT companies. When time permits, he supports Derby County FC and enjoys listening to music.

John Gellett

John has over 25 years experience of managing businesses in the Creative and Consultative Marketing Agency sector. He is also an entrepreneur founding, supporting and building businesses in other sectors. Currently, he is working as a consultant advisor with senior management teams in the highly-competitive marketing agency sphere to facilitate restructuring and building successful businesses.

Rachel Hanger

Rachel Hanger is a tax partner in KPMG’s investment management & funds practice. She is the most recent addition to the trustee board of SkillForce and is the Chairperson of the Audit and Risk committee.

Jane Liddell

Jane is a retired Head of Education Services at North Lanarkshire Council, Scotland. She held strategic responsibility for all education services, including early years, primary and secondary education, additional support needs and post-school provision.  During her tenure, she built up a close working relationship with SkillForce’s Scotland West Team and firmly believes that its impact upon the outcomes of young people was substantial.

Andrew McCully OBE

Andrew is a senior civil servant and Board Member at the Department for Education.  Since 1986, he has held a wide variety of policy and operational posts, including a major role in formulating Government strategy for developing skills in young people.  In recognition of this, he was awarded an OBE in 2000.

Tim Rennie

​Tim specialises in corporate lending, working with both financial institutions and corporate borrowers on acquisition financings (both public and private), corporate facilities and other secured and unsecured lending transactions.

Tim has particular expertise in acting for all stakeholders, including financial advisers, on public M&A financings. His experience includes working on debut and refinanced bilateral and syndicated facilities in both the domestic and international arena.

Tim also has considerable expertise in leveraged finance, working with both banks and credit funds on club deals, syndicated TLB facilities and unitranche and super senior RCF transactions.

Jan Richardson MBE DL JP

Jan brings extensive experience in education, firstly as a practitioner and latterly in business management, to her work with SkillForce which reaches back to 2001 and includes being appointed as a founding Trustee. She was Senior Executive of the Nottinghamshire Education Business Partnership and is currently Chair of The Woodard Academy Trust.  Jan serves as the Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and a Justice of the Peace on the Court Board for the East Midlands.  She also sits on the Cathedral Council for Southwell Minister.

Abigail Topley

Abigail has over 25 years experience working in the financial services sector coupled with a formal post-graduate qualification in education.  She has been involved in coaching both swimming and drama on a voluntary basis for over 20 years.  Abigail enjoys using her experience gained as a qualified teacher to engage with projects that benefit young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Patrick Trueman

Patrick Trueman moved to Standard Life Wealth following the acquisition of the Newton private client business in 2013. He is Head of Charities and manages portfolios for private clients, trusts and pensions. He joined Newton in 2010 from Lehman Brothers where following the firm’s collapse he was retained by PwC to work on unwinding the European Business. Before that, Patrick spent six years with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and served in a number of countries completing operational tours in the Balkans and the Middle East. Patrick holds an MBA from London Business School and an MA (Hons) from Cambridge University.

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