Skills Development Scotland board re-appointed

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Keith Brown, Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning, today announced the re-appointment of Bill Stevely and Evelyn McCann to the Board of Skills Development Scotland.

Bill Stevely has a wealth of experience in the higher education sector and has held the post of Principal and Vice-Chancellor of The Robert Gordon University.


Keith Brown, Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning, today announced the re-appointment of Bill Stevely and Evelyn McCann to the Board of Skills Development Scotland.

Bill Stevely has a wealth of experience in the higher education sector and has held the post of Principal and Vice-Chancellor of The Robert Gordon University.

Evelyn McCann was Chief Executive at Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire from 2001-2008 and has particular knowledge and experience of how young people from all backgrounds interact with the skills sector.

These re-appointments will run until 31 July 2010. The post is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £6,240 per annum for a time commitment of 2 days per month.

Bill Stevely holds another Ministerial public appointment as Chair of Ayrshire and Arran Health Board which attracts a remuneration of £29,640.

Evelyn McCann does not hold any other Ministerial public appointments.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) was established in April 2008 to drive a step change in the development of skills in Scotland. It supports both individuals and businesses working in partnership with other key skills support organisations locally, regionally and nationally.

The organisation recently found itself at the centre of a row after Labour’s Holyrood group leader Iain Gray accused the board of planning to spend upwards of £2 million on what the Labour leader called a name change and marketing “mumbo jumbo”.

However it later emerged that the name change proposal had been rejected by agency directors two months previously and that most of the costs referred to by Mr Gray were in fact for routine advertising and promotion.

These Ministerial public appointments were made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland’s Code of Practice.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last 5 years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. Appointees have declared no political activity within the last five years.

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