New members for Scottish Funding Council


Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, today announced the appointment of Maggie Kinloch, Anton Muscatelli, Keith Nicholson and Marlene Wood to the board of the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). 

Maggie Kinloch is Vice-Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  She has wide experience of education provision gained not only as a senior manager in the higher education sector but also as a teacher and theatre director. Her knowledge of the tertiary education system and its links to employment will support the SFC’s work on skills and employability. She was also a founding board member of the National Theatre of Scotland and was involved in the establishment of its governance structures and strategic direction.

Anton Muscatelli is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow. His academic field is economics and his knowledge of economic analysis and development will support the SFC’s strategic planning. He has served as a member of the Research Grants Board of the Economic and Social Research Council and its International Advisory Committee, and until 2010 he was also a special adviser on monetary policy to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee. He was previously the Convener of Universities Scotland and Vice-President of Universities UK.

Keith Nicholson is a consultant providing strategic advisory services in cyber security, technology and business development. A chartered chemist and chemistry professor, he has over 30 years experience in environmental surveys and data modelling on energy and environment systems. As CEO, he founded and managed several companies including EnviroSurveys (NZ) and The TP Group, and has held directorships in a range of environmental and technology firms. His extensive senior industry experience will support the SFC’s work on skills and employability.

Marlene Wood is a chartered accountant with 20 years experience of project appraisal and funding gained as Finance Director for Miller Developments, the commercial property arm of the Miller Group. She was previously Group Treasury and Accounting Director at the Miller Group and is currently Independent Chair of the Audit Committee of the University of the Highlands and Islands. Her significant accounting experience will support the SFC’s role in the rigorous monitoring of all spend including infrastructure investment. She is also a Director and Treasurer of One Parent Families Scotland.

These appointments, which are part-time, will run from 16 March 2012 to 3 October 2015. The remuneration is £11,556 per annum (daily fee £321) for a time commitment of 3 days per month. 

Maggie Kinloch is a member of the board of directors of the National Theatre of Scotland for which she receives no remuneration. Keith Nicholson serves on the boards of Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency for which he receives remuneration of £8,000 per annum and £6,500 per annum respectively. None of the other appointees hold any other Ministerial appointments.

The SFC is a major public body with an annual budget of over £1.5 billion. It is responsible for providing funding for learning and teaching, research and other relevant activities in Scotland’s colleges and higher education institutions. It also has a key role to play in delivering the Scottish Government’s proposals for the reform of post-16 education and training to improve opportunities for young people and better support jobs and growth. 

These Ministerial appointments were made in accordance with the code of practice published by the Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.  All appointees declared no political activity within the last five years.