About the Board of Management

Glasgow Clyde College Board Member Biographies

David Newall (Chair)

David Newall has been Chair of the Board of Management at Glasgow Clyde College since July 2016. He is also the University Secretary & Director of Administration at the University of Glasgow. In that role, he leads University Services, which is responsible for the University’s infrastructure, its student services and its administrative support. David is an accountant (CPFA), and a history graduate of the University of Oxford. His early professional career was in Local Government, with Strathclyde Regional Council and Falkirk District Council. He moved to the University of Strathclyde in 1990, rising to the position of Deputy Secretary, and took up his current post at the University of Glasgow in 2004.

Jon Vincent (Principal)

Jon Vincent is the Principal and Chief Executive of Glasgow Clyde College and he commenced this position in September 2017.  He has substantial experience of both further and higher education sectors having held a variety of teaching, management and leadership positions at colleges through the United Kingdom.  Prior to commencing his current role Jon was Principal and Chief Executive of Tyne Metropolitan College in the North East of England.  A qualified teacher, he initially taught sport studies/science before becoming involved in initial teacher training and quality management roles.  Jon has held a variety of non-executive and trustee positions outside of the education sector including involvement with a family poverty charity and economic development organisations.  He is currently the Chair of a large secondary school and a Fellow of the Institute of Knowledge Exchange. 

Sandra Heidinger (Vice Chair)

Sandra Heidinger is the Director of Human Resources at the University of Strathclyde, where she is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of human resources, organisational development, safety, and corporate risk and business improvement. She has worked at the University since 2001 and has been HR Director since 2009. Sandra previously worked at Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow Colleges of Nursing and Midwifery, and InterCity Scotland. She has also held a number of non-executive director roles.

Keith Rosser

Keith Rosser founded and leads a pre-employment vetting business for REED, the recruitment company, which has since become one of the largest in the industry, and is also responsible for REED's global assurance and compliance programmes. Keith also chairs a Metropolitan Police organisation protecting and supporting job seekers and sits on the board of two trade associations. Keith is on two panels promoting employment for under-represented groups alongside Scottish and UK Government. Keith has a MBA from Aston Business School and is currently doing his PhD in business enterprise. He was awarded a Home Office Commendation Award for services to recruitment and is an Enterprise Ambassador for the University of Bolton.

Carolyn Davidson

Carolyn holds a degree in Economics & Social Policy from the University of Stirling and has worked at SFEU (now College Development Network), SQA and the University of West of Scotland before heading ‘down under’ to South Australia and Flinders University in Adelaide. She returned to Scotland in 2015 and is now Strategic Programmes Manager (Economic Development and Regeneration) with Renfrewshire Council. Whilst in Australia Carolyn became a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has previously been a member of the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning (CRLL) Advisory Group and served on the UK Vocational Qualifications Reform Group.

Graeme Whiteford

Graeme studied Business Management at the University of Glasgow before joining BAE Systems Naval Ships as a Commercial Graduate in 2004. Following nine years working in a number of commercial roles he moved into HR where he is currently the Head of Early Careers and Skills for a business comprising c.4000 employees. Working in HR, he has uncovered a genuine passion for working with both those in education and those exiting education into employment. Having worked across the UK, he has developed a detailed understanding of what makes students employable, an understanding of how generational diversity affects organisations, has guided the development of several hundred employees and has used his collaborative management style to drive a team towards the delivery of a market-leading suite of early careers programmes (e.g. work experience, apprenticeship, graduate, and undergraduate programmes) comprising a more diverse population than ever before.

David Watt 

Until retirement in October 2014, David spent 36 years in professional practice with KPMG where his clients included publicly-funded and not-for-profit bodies in further and higher education, central and local government, and the NHS. Current appointments include membership of the trustee boards of the Church of Scotland and Quarriers and independent membership of the audit committees of the University of Glasgow and Scottish Canals. David is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Mary Docherty

Mary started her career as a teacher in early years education, progressing to assistant head teacher then head teacher. Mary then moved to local authority work taking up posts in Quality Development. Mary’s final post before retirement was as Head of Service for North Ayrshire Council where she had responsibility for Learning 3-18, Curriculum for Excellence, School Improvement Services, Specialist Provision, Education Psychology Services, Pupil Support Service, Child Protection, Early Years Framework 0-6, Parental Partnerships and Employability.

Fiona Godsman 

Fiona’s background is in marketing, predominantly within the life sciences industry. Fiona was Director of Marketing for BioReliance for a number of years where she took charge of the global marketing communications strategy. Following from that, Fiona then founded a marketing consultancy providing strategic and tactical marketing services to life sciences SMEs and organisations. Fiona’s current role is Chief Executive of Scottish Institute for Enterprise, the national organisation for promoting and supporting enterprise and entrepreneurship in Scotland’s universities. Fiona sits on a number of committees related to enterprise and entrepreneurship education.

Scott Cooley

Scott is a professionally-registered Chartered Engineer with a background in electronic/electrical engineering. He is experienced in delivering project, risk and safety management services within the nuclear power generation industry. Having previously completed EDF Energy’s Nuclear Leadership Programme, Scott is now currently undertaking an EDF sponsored MBA at the University of Strathclyde’s Business School. As well as being a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Scott also contributes to the ongoing development of engineers through his additional roles as an IET Professional Registration Assessor and Interviewer for prospective Chartered or Incorporated Engineer candidates seeking professional registration.

Stephen Henson 

A lecturer in construction for over 27 years with Anniesland College (serving on the board for one term) and currently lecturing at Glasgow Clyde College, Stephen has extensive experience of teaching and learning and remains in daily contact with students in his teaching role. An active member of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) Stephen have contributed to and supported local and other EIS branches over this period. He has also participated in EIS and EIS FELA (Further Education Lecturers Association) matters and conferences, and is conversant with current issues locally and nationally in Scottish further education.The teaching staff board member is appointed via an election held amongst teaching colleagues.

Clare Walker 

A Senior Student Adviser based at the Langside campus, Clare has held a number of positions throughout her 10 years with, first Langside College, and now Glasgow Clyde College - from project management to teaching and now advising. Clare has a considerable amount of experience with students, teaching staff and support staff, all of which helps her play as full a part as she can, as the support staff member of the Board.


Robert Fraser

David Perez

Karolina Gasiorowska (Student Vice President)

Gordon McGuiness

Gordon McGuinness

Gordon is a Depute Director at Skills Development Scotland (SDS), the National Skills Agency, where he leads its Industry and Enterprise Team, which supports and promotes skill enhancement within each of the Government’s Growth Economic Sectors and ensures connectivity to the development work of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise and recognised industry trade bodies.

Gordon also leads teams responsible for the delivery of SDS’s Employer Engagement Strategy and also the agency's Research and Evaluation activity. He plays a significant role in SDS’s Stakeholder Relationship Programme and supports SDS’s activities within the Scottish Parliament and Economic Taskforce responses.

Prior to joining Skills Development Scotland, Gordon had 17 years' experience with Scottish Enterprise and was based in Paisley at Renfrewshire Enterprise in a range of operational roles from developing and delivering Employability Initiatives, Inward Investment Support and lead multi-disciplinary teams on Regeneration Projects such as Riverside Inverclyde.

Gordon was the Chair of the Board of Management at Reid Kerr College in Paisley, prior to its merger into West College Scotland, he is a Director of Engage Renfrewshire and Chair of Radio City Association Ltd, a Healthy Living Centre Initiative. Gordon is also a member of the SQA Advisory Council. 


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