Board Member Profiles

tony-jakimciwTony Jakimciw – Chair (Board Member since 20th June 2013)

Tony has worked in Further Education for over 35 years and was Principal of Dumfries and Galloway College until retiring in August 2012.  He was awarded the OBE for services to Further Education in Scotland in 2010 and made a Doctor of the University of Glasgow in recognition of his contribution to education. On retirement he was appointed as Regional Lead for Fife before taking up the same post for the Borders in June 2013.


Angela Cox – Principal of Borders College.

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.


ian-irelandIan Ireland (Board Member since May 2009)

Ian is retired although he undertakes voluntary work in the Borders as well as some part time teaching.   Prior to retirement he was Assistant Principal of Priestley College, Warrington as well as being Clerk to their Governing Body.  He is Chair of Walkerburn Community Development Trust and Secretary of Borders Further Education Trust.


bryan-mcgrathBryan McGrath  (Board Member since July 2010)

Bryan is Head of Economic Development and Regeneration with Scottish Borders Council and has worked with the Council in other roles since 1996.



david-peaceDavid Peace (Board Member since March 2015)

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-parkesLiz Parkes (Board Member since March 2015)

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.


jane-gaddieJane Gaddie (Board member since March 2015)

Jane worked with Perident as Key Account Executive, managing their customers throughout the world.  Promoted to UK Marketing Manager for a dental alliance with their parent company.  She is now a Chartered Marketer employed on a part time basis at Stark Main accountants. Jane also runs the Simply Delicious shops in Melrose and Galashiels.


dr-virginia-grantDr Virginia Grant (Board Member since March 2015)

Virginia is an experienced Management Consultant in strategic review, business planning, organisation development and executive development in private and public sector organisations and charities. She is Director of Vmg Consultants, partner in a diversified land based business and an active member of the Edinburgh and Lothians Committee of the Institute of Directors.


elaine-acasterElaine Acaster (Board Member since October 2014)

Elaine was Vice Principal of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London and was also Chairman of the Animal Care Trust. Since retiring, she has been an independent adviser principally to the RVC.  She is also a Council Member of the veterinary profession’s regulatory body and is President of Queen Margaret University Graduates’ Association.


dr-sara-shintonDr. Sara Shinton (Board Member since August 2016)

Sara is the Head of Researcher Development and Assistant Director of the Institute for Academic Development at The University of Edinburgh, responsible for support and enhancement activities for all research staff and students in line with the University Strategic Plan and national policy and funding frameworks.  She is Founder and Director of the annual ‘Bang Goes the Borders’ science festival which runs each September.


Jen MacKenzie (Board Member since June 2017)

Jen is the Support Staff Representative.  She has worked at Borders College since 2005, with varying roles from Curriculum Administrator, Learner Success Mentor to her current role as Care Aware Adviser where she supports students who are Care Experienced and Young 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 and a Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

 James Ayling (Board Secretary since August 2017)

James has over the years worked in a law firm, an economic development agency, a fund management company and in a retail business. He has considerable experience of working with a number of Boards.



 Douglas Jardine – Student President

Douglas has just completed his studies at Borders College, graduating with a Sports Coaching and Development HND. He campaigned on a platform of making sport and physical activity available to students, mental health support for students, and continuing to improve Borders College Students’ Association. Douglas is also very active in Scottish Archery and is currently the Scotland Team Manager.


Dr. David Johnson (Board Member since June 2018)

David is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Entrepreneurship at Edinburgh Napier University Business School. 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.

David Elder (Student Representative)

David is a mature student currently studying Business at Borders College. He is also Vice-President (Education) of the Student Association this year. David is very focused on working alongside the Student President to improve the Mental Health support in the College and support to the Access Department Students’ through the new Student Committee setup.