Board Member Profiles


Elaine Acaster – Interim Chair of the Board (Board Member since October 2014) Register of Interest

Elaine’s career in Further and Higher Education culminated as Vice Principal of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London. She was Chairman of the RVC’s registered charity the Animal Care Trust, and was awarded an OBE for service to Higher Education in 2014. Elaine’s contribution to Higher Education was also recognised by Glasgow Caledonian University with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. A former Council Member of the veterinary profession’s regulatory body the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, she is currently a member of Court of Queen Margaret University (QMU) 


Angela Cox – Principal of Borders College    Register of Interest

Angela has worked in FE for over 20 years and was previously Deputy Principal (Quality & Transformation)at The City of Liverpool College before joining Borders College as Principal. Before joining the FE sector Angela worked within the Service Industries Sector in the UK and USA and joined Bournemouth & Poole College as a lecturer and progressed into a number of middle and senior leadership roles during her time there.


Bryan McGrath  (Board Member since July 2010)  Register of Interest

Bryan is Director of Operations for South of Scotland Enterprise.  He has also worked in a number of roles in the Scottish Borders supporting economic development and the local economy.


David Peace (Board Member since March 2015)   Register of Interest 

David has an extensive background in property and management consultancy. A Chartered Surveyor, he worked mainly in the rural sphere, and has also been an advisor for individual and institutions on purchase and development. He worked with public, private and third sectors as a management consultant and now runs a career change and business improvement consultancy.


Liz Parkes (Board Member since March 2015)  Register of Interest

Liz is a public transport professional with experience in operational, safety and sustainability management roles gained with Tyne & Wear Metro, Edinburgh Trams, Glasgow Subway, Renfrew Ferry, Railtrack and British Rail, and she is now Head of Operations with North Yorkshire Moors Railway.  Also a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health.


Dr Virginia Grant (Board Member since March 2015)  Register of Interest 

Virginia is an experienced Management Consultant. She has delivered a wide range of high impact projects in the area of strategic review, business planning, organisation development and executive development for both private and public sector organisations and for a number of charities. Prior to establishing herself as an independent consultant in 2006, Virginia worked for five years with Frontline Consultants, one of Scotland’s largest independent consultancies, operating throughout the UK. As a Managing Consultant she led a wide range of national strategic projects including assignments with a number of Scottish Colleges, the Scottish Further Education Funding Council and the Scottish Further Education Unit. Virginia’s previous career was in the Further Education sector. During her time with Borders College she gained experience in both the curriculum and commercial aspects of the sector. As Managing Director of the College’s commercial subsidiary company and later in the post of Director of Business Development she was a member of the College’s Senior Management Team. In addition to her consultancy work Virginia is a Partner in a diversified land based business, a Trustee of the Sprot Trust and Chair of the Ale Water Valley Tourism Co-operative.

Jen MacKenzie (Board Member since June 2017)  Register of Interest

Jen is the Support Staff Member.  She has worked at Borders College since 2005, with varying roles from Curriculum Administrator, Learner Success Mentor, Care Aware Adviser to her current role as Student Services Team Lead with co-ordination for Care Aware Support and the Borders Young Talent Project.   Jen manages the Student Wellbeing Team and the Borders Young Talent Mentors, she also has a specialist role in supporting students who are Care-Experienced and Student Carers whilst on their educational journey.  Jen has a wealth of knowledge and experience from working within Borders College and has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, a Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mental Health First Aid and a certificate in co-ordinating Mentoring Projects.


Dr. David Johnson (Board Member since June 2018)  Register of Interest 

David is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Entrepreneurship at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. He has previously held Visiting Scholar positions at The Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) and The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Moscow, Russia). Prior to academia, David spent over a decade working within the biopharmaceutical sector within senior Commercial and Strategy Consulting roles.

Paul Scrimger (Board Member since February 2019) Register of Interest

Paul is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants with over 25 years experience. He has worked in the Energy, Manufacturing and Financial Services sectors covering roles in Finance, Risk, HR, Programme Management and Global IT change programmes. He is currently the Finance Business Partner for Scotland and South West for a Risk, Reinsurance and Employee Benefits company.

Jess McBeath (Board Member since February 2019) Register of Interest

Jess is director of Jess Ltd, specialising in online safety and digital citizenship in Scotland. Jess works directly with young people and parents and she also advises organisations on their knowledge, policy and practice in supporting young people to be safe online. Jess was awarded the NSPCC Childhood Champion Award as Schools Volunteer for Scotland 2018. She is also Non-executive Director to Ofcom’s Advisory Committee Scotland.

Nuala Broderick (Board Member since February 2019) Register of Interest

Nuala has worked in Further and Adult Education for over 30 years. Her particular areas of interest are in Adult Literacy and Numeracy, Teacher Education and Learner Support. Since becoming a free-lance educational researcher, Nuala has enjoyed a varied portfolio of work, including writing and supporting the delivery of generic and specialist FE teacher training qualifications; evaluating the impact of a three – year, teacher CPD programme and evaluating the learner materials on a national, on-line learning platform.  More recently, Nuala has taken up the part-time role of Associate Tutor in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow, working with students on their Masters in Education dissertation.  She is also an External Tutor at the University of Manchester where she is carrying out a similar role. 

Dave Black (Board Member since February 2019) Register of Interest

Dave is the Academic Staff Member.  He has been a lecturer with Borders College for nearly 16 years at all campuses. Initially, he was a motor vehicle lecturer for Schools Plus and Motor Vehicle, He then moved to Newtown as Rural Mechanics lecturer and delivered evening classes. Dave currently lectures in Engineering at Tweedbank and Land-based Service Engineering at Newtown.

Ann Letham (Board Member since June 2019)  Register of Interest

Ann is in her second term as President of the Borders College Students’ Association. She has a BA in Business Management and is a qualified Tax Manager. She has extensive experience in the Catering and Hospitality Industry and completed her NVQ3 Professional Cookery with Borders College. Ann runs a Café and Farm Shop near Coldstream.


Paul Cathrow (Board Member since January 2021)

Paul is a Health and Social Care senior manager, currently employed by Scottish Borders Council. He has a particular interest in Technology Enabled Care and its application in adult social care services. Paul has worked extensively in project, programme and change management and led a series of large-scale change programmes. In addition, Paul is Deputy Team Leader of Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team. 

Carol Gillie (Board Member since January 2021)

Carol worked for over 35 years in the NHS gaining a breadth of experience in a number of areas including finance, capital planning, procurement, estates and faciliites.  She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in modern languages and is a qualified accountant (member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy).  She has also held a number of voluntary roles in support of her local community. 

Lynn Mirley (Board Member since January 2021)

Lynn is currently Finance Director at the National Trust for Scotland.  As a qualified accountant, she has worked in a number of senior leadership roles and her 30 year career spans a wide variety of functional and industry areas in the private, public and third sector.   She has been involved in leading the delivery of major digital change projects and has a keen interest in supporting people to reach their potential.