Public appointment: Chair reappointed to the Fife College Board

Public appointments news release

The Minister for Higher Education, Further Education, Youth Employment and Training today announced the reappointment of David Watt as Chair of the Fife College Board.


David Watt has been a Non-Executive Director and Chairman in the private and third sectors, as well as the public sector. David Watt has been a Governance Consultant and Advisor for various bodies and individuals and is also a published author in sport leisure textbooks. David Watt is the former Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland.


This reappointment will be for four years and will run from 3 March 2023 to 2 March 2027.

This reappointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


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

Other ministerial appointments

Mr Watt 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.   

Mr Watt has had no political activity within the last five years.


Fife College is a leading provider of further and higher education offering a wide range of courses and training opportunities that serve a mix of rural and urban populations, including some of the most deprived in Scotland. The main campuses are located in Dunfermline, Rosyth, Glenrothes, Levenmouth and Kirkcaldy with community learning centers across Fife.   

With 6,000 full-time and 14,000 part-time students, over 1,000 staff and a budget of £45m, Fife College offers a wide range of inspirational learning experiences from essential skills to graduate degree programmes. Its high quality, sector-leading programmes are designed to respond to the needs of the economy and society more generally.

The College’s extensive provision ranges from access to degree level study and includes full-time and part-time courses, evening classes, flexible and on line learning, vocational qualifications and business training courses.

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