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Our trustees

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

CHILDREN'S UNIVERSITY SCOTLAND

Our Trustees

 Mary De la Pena

 CHAIRPERSON

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.

 

Dee Bird

Currently the Head of Learning & Quality Enhancement for the Scottish Funding Council, Dee began her career as a high school English teacher in her native New Jersey. She then went on to serve as Principal Teacher of English as a Second Language at the Chinese Academy of the Social Sciences in Beijing for a year before moving to Scotland in 1997 to undertake a PhD at the University of Glasgow.  She has served as a national academic coordinator for the Higher Education Academy (now a part of Advance HE) and a lecturer at the Universities of Glasgow and Queen Margaret.   From 2016-17, while on secondment to Edinburgh Napier University, she was project lead for The Hub for SUCCESS,  a regional collaboration involving universities, colleges and local authorities to support care-experienced learners into and through college and university. Dee is a strong believer in the benefits of the outdoors for people of all ages and has been working towards her Forest and Outdoor Learning Leadership Award.

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

Morven Coulter

David Rennie

Donna Murray

Gary Keatings