The KA Governors are collectively responsible for the long-term vision and development of the School. The make-up of the Board is designed to ensure a wide range of experience, knowledge and interests. At any given time, it is usual for the Board to have representation from the Academical community as well as our parent body.
Donald Wilson, B.Acc C.A. (Chairman)
Donald joined the Board of Governors in 2014. A Chartered Accountant, he graduated from Glasgow University and attended the Harvard Advanced Management Programme. Donald attended Kelvinside Academy from 1967 – 1980, together with his brothers Russell and Stewart. The family connection extends to Donald’s mother Norma, who taught Lower III for 19 years. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife Lindsey and two sons.
Colin Mackenzie, LLB, DIP, LP, NP
A former pupil of KA, Colin graduated from Aberdeen University with an LLB. He is now managing partner of a well-known firm of solicitors in Stirling. Colin has maintained strong links with the school and was elected to the Board in 2010. He lives in Bridge of Allan with his wife Nicola and their two children.
Doug was elected to the Board in 2016. A Strategy Designer based in Glasgow, Doug is a specialist in designing better businesses and sustainable futures. Married to Geri, their three children all attend Kelvinside Academy.
Jillian Rowand, FIRP
Married to David, Jillian has three children who have enjoyed their school education at Kelvinside Academy. Jillian has been working for thirty years in the private sector, mainly in customer service and latterly in recruitment and HR. Jillian was elected to the Board in 2011.
Hugh Ouston, MA
After a degree in History from Oxford University and three years postgraduate research, Hugh trained as a teacher in Aberdeen and worked in maintained schools in Lothian for 20 years before moving to George Watson’s College as Deputy Head in 1997. From 2004-14 he was Head of Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen. He is delighted to be working with KA, a school which he sees as combining the personal touch with ambition for every pupil as an individual.
Alan Palmer, B.Acc. C.A.
Alan joined the Board of Governors in 2014. He attended Kelvinside Academy from 1972-1980, and played for the cricket section of the Academical Club for several years. A qualified Chartered Accountant, he has held various senior financial positions in industry, and is currently Group Finance Director of a successful family owned business. Alan is married to Heather and has three sons.
Sandra was elected to the Board in 2016. A people person with a large network of contacts, Sandra is heavily involved with the ‘Hearts and Balls’ Charitable Trust in conjunction with her husband Jim Taylor, MBE (1972) and is instrumental in organising their fundraising events. Sandra has been self-employed for the last 25 years.
June MacGeachy, MA, MBA, DipM
Married to Robin, they have three daughters, who have all enjoyed the all-round education of Kelvinside Academy. June is a graduate of Dundee University and also studied at Napier and Strathclyde University. She worked in Marketing in public and private sectors, including both sides of the educational fence in SCOTVEC (now SQA) and teaching Marketing at James Watt College. Since 2004, she has been a co-owner and Director of a manufacturing business.
Prof Bill Cushley, BSc, PhD, FSB
A professor of molecular immunology at the University of Glasgow, Bill joined the Board in 2013. Married to Rona, their son Peter enjoyed his school education at Kelvinside Academy.
Andrina McDowall LLB (Hons), Dip LP
Andrina was elected to the Board in 2011. A qualified solicitor, Andrina spent 15 years working in the commercial property sector before starting her family and is, at present, a full-time mum. Married to David, their three children all attended Kelvinside Academy. Andrina has long had a love of cooking and has a large, eclectic collection of well-thumbed cookbooks - as a result she has taken up running and swimming to work off the effects.
Nataliia is an experienced International Business Consultant with an extensive network of contacts. Nataliia has strong marketing and people management skills, as well as practical knowledge assisting organisations to innovate and enter international markets. She has a daughter who is being educated at Kelvinside Academy.
Chairman of the Minerva Educational Trust, Mel is a semi-retired businessman with extensive experience at Board Level in multinational companies. He is a joint owner of a Marketing Services Support Company in Glasgow and also works in the voluntary sector delivering emergency logistics services for NHS Scotland. He is married to Deb and his two sons were educated at Kelvinside Academy.
Andy Martin (ex-officio)
Andy is Managing Director of the family run business Martin Plant Hire. The company has 12 outlets across Scotland specialising in the hire and sales of plant, tools and equipment to the construction industry and associated trades. Married to Nicky he has a son currently in the KA Junior school.