Linda McKay became a non-executive director of the Scottish Government in 2014.
As Principal of Forth Valley College for over 10 years, Linda led an innovative and highly successful institution through merger, regionalisation and the delivery of an award winning £60 million estates development. To enhance the sector contribution to economic development through services to key industry sectors and local employers Linda served as a Board Member of the Enterprise Network at Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley and subsequently on the Regional Advisory Board for Edinburgh. During this period Linda was a member of the Leadership Group of Chemical Sciences Scotland, a member of the Scottish Funding Council Skills Committee and led a national project on workforce development.
In 2000 Linda was appointed to the Board of the Scottish Qualifications Committee charged with restoring public confidence in the Scottish examination system and in this role she chaired the SQA Advisory Committee and the SQA Qualifications Committee. Linda has also worked closely with the Police Service as a member of the Police Advisory Board for Scotland, a Governor of the Scottish Police College and Chair of the Police Scotland Examination Board and in 2000 was awarded an MBE for her contribution to the Police Service.
Linda was the Vice Chair of the Wood Commission. Until February 2017 she served two terms as the Convener of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority.