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.

He is a member of the Scottish Funding Council’s Access and Inclusion Committee and has recently joined the Board of Trustees for Scotland’s new Centre for Work-based Learning.

Dr Gillian Murray


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. She is a pioneer in developing innovative models to accelerate the translation of research and knowledge into transformational business change. 

Neville Prentice


Neville was appointed Senior Director, Service Development and Delivery of Skills Development Scotland in October 2014.

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