Public appointment: Chair reappointed to New College Lanarkshire Board

Public appointments news release

The Minister for Higher and Further Education and Minister for Veterans today announced the reappointment of Ronnie Smith as Chair of the New College Lanarkshire Board.


Ronnie Smith has lived and worked in Lanarkshire for over 40 years. Before retiring in 2019 he had been the CEO of Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd., since helping set the company up in 2002. A graduate of both Glasgow School of Art and the University of Stirling, his work history extends to the public, private and third sectors. He has extensive experience of board membership at local, regional and national level and has been involved in developing and managing many public/private partnership arrangements. With a specialist interest in supporting management and governance in SME’s, Ronnie currently serves on the Boards of two Lanarkshire companies and has his own consultancy business as well as serving as the Chair of the Lanarkshire Regional Strategic Body and the Chair of New College Lanarkshire.


This reappointment will be for four years and will run from 11 August 2023 to 10 August 2027.

This reappointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This reappointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £265 per day for a time commitment of 2 days per week.

Other ministerial appointments

Ronnie Smith does not hold any other public appointments.

Political activity

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.   

Ronnie Smith has had no political activity within the last five years.


New College Lanarkshire has more than 10,000 students enrolled on a mix of full-time, part-time, evening and commercial courses.

New College Lanarkshire recognises the critical role that the College must play in achieving the social, economic and cultural aspirations of our area. They contribute to the advancement of Lanarkshire through the outstanding learning opportunities that they provide and the high impact partnerships that they have within the public, business and third sectors.

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