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Our trustees

Find out about our trustees and the role they play governing the organisation.


Our Trustees


Dee Bird

Dee has over 15 years’ experience working in a variety of academic and academic-related roles at the Universities of Glasgow, Queen Margaret and Leeds. She is currently Assistant Director at the Scottish Funding Council where she is responsible for managing the relationship with Scotland’s research-intensive universities and small specialist institutions to support them in delivering high quality research and teaching. Dee holds a PhD in the humanities from the University of Glasgow and began her career as a teacher of English in the state schools of her native New Jersey.

 Mary De la Pena


Mary De la Peña MBE

Born and educated in Bradford, Mary went on to take a degree in Spanish at Exeter University. Her career history has focused on roles involving collaboration between education and business, higher education and community outreach. Whilst working as Education Business Partnership Manager at Lincolnshire Training and Enterprise Council she completed an MA in Education and Industry through Warwick University. She was Education Liaison Manager for The Boots Company, and spent five years as Director of Aimhigher Nottinghamshire. In May 2008 Mary was appointed as Head of Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach for Nottingham Trent University.

It was her experience of managing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Children's University within Nottingham Trent University that led to the opportunity to develop and embed Children's University in Scotland. She was CEO at Children's University Scotland from its inception in 2013 until retiring from the post in August 2017 and taking up her current trustee role.

Mary was awarded an MBE for services to higher education in the 2014 New Year Honours List.


Graeme McKee

Graeme is a marketing professional who has headed the marketing functions of financial software organisations over the past 8 years, including his current role as Head of Marketing at Cashfac Technologies. For Children’s University Scotland Graeme offers input on a range of areas including branding, events management and the digital marketing of both the CUS website and Aspire tool.

Graeme holds a First Class Honours Degree in Marketing from the University of Strathclyde and a Level Six Diploma in Professional Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), where he also volunteers as a CIM Mentor to assist junior and less experienced CIM members with their marketing career development.

Erica Judge