Our Leadership Team

Learn more about the people leading change on Work-based Learning in Scotland

The leadership team have a collective responsibility for the proper conduct of centre of work based learning's affairs. The partners are drawn from a range of backgrounds in the public and private sectors and use the experience and knowledge gained in their careers to take decisions on behalf of the centre.

James Dunphy


James Dunphy is Director of Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Access at Robert Gordon University (RGU). His responsibilities include the university’s relationship with North East Scotland College and its work to widen access. James has been responsible for the development of a strategic relationship between the university and Skills Development Scotland.

Dr Gillian Murray

Partner and 2019/20 Chair

Dr Gillian Murray was appointed Deputy Principal, Enterprise and Business at Heriot-Watt University in October 2016. Her role combines enhancing and embedding enterprise culture both within the University and with key stakeholders across the Research, Knowledge Translation, Innovation and Partnership agendas.

Neville Prentice


Neville was appointed Senior Director, Service Development and Delivery of Skills Development Scotland in October 2014. In the previous fifteen years, Neville has worked in the business service sector delivering profit and quality services within highly regulated industries, in cooperation with state authorities and private sector clients.

Dr Pauline Anderson


Pauline is part of the Chancellor’s Fellowship Scheme at Strathclyde Business School, which supports high-quality research and impact. Her research focuses on skills, jobs and working life, with a strong focus on public policy. Prior to joining academia, Pauline worked in the voluntary and public sectors for 15 years. She is also a charted occupational psychologist and practitioner psychologist.

Dr Ken Thomson OBE


Dr Ken Thomson joined Falkirk College of Further and Higher Education in 1994 following eight years in environmental education. He became Principal and Chief Executive of Forth Valley College in 2013 having previously held posts of Depute Principal, Director of Learning and prior to that, Head of Science.

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