New Board of Management Members

The College is delighted to welcome three new members to its Board of Management.

John C Hutchison, Chair of the Board commented “As the College is committed to developing its plans in line with the education and training needs across the whole of the West Highlands, I am particularly pleased to welcome members who, between them, cover much of the west coast. Their membership will help us to ensure that we are kept fully informed about local issues and needs, and therefore best able to support the communities we serve. Their particular skills will enhance what we can offer the College as we continue to support and guide it over the next few years.”

The Board will also begin its search for a new Chair in the coming weeks to fill the vacancy which will be created when the current chair steps down at the end of his period of office.

Emma Lawson

Emma grew up in Dingwall before moving to Edinburgh to study a degree in Business Information Management at Napier University. After completing her degree she spent some time travelling in South East Asia before beginning work for Lothian and Borders Police; working her way up from an admin role to managing a large team in the Force Communications Centre for several years before transferring to an HR officer role. 

Emma moved to Lochaber from Edinburgh in 2012, initially working for West Highland College as an Employability Key Worker.  She then took on a role with Business Gateway, as a Human Resources and Recruitment Adviser for small businesses in their Create and Employ Project.  After this initial project ended Emma continued to assist Business Gateway with Human Resources advice and also undertook work as part of the Highland Council’s Employability Team, managing contracts and the work of providers.  In January of 2018 Emma was appointed as the Business Gateway Business Adviser for Lochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and now covers all aspects of business advice for start-up and growing businesses.  

Emma is passionate about promoting the West Highlands as a great place to live, learn and work.

(Dorothy) Ross Lynn

Ross has had an enduring interest in education since enjoying her secondary school life in the North East of England, progressing to Sheffield University for her first degree in Geography and a Dip Ed. Then followed teaching posts in UK, Germany, Belgium and Brunei where she taught English as a Foreign Language and picked up fluent French and German, later consolidating this with Institutes of Linguists final diplomas in both languages. While in Belgium, Ross co-founded and later chaired the board, of an industrial trading company.

After studying for an MA in Applied Linguistics and EFL at Durham University, Ross joined the University of St Mark and St John (Marjons) in Plymouth. It was here that her interest in business further developed when she was asked to set up an income earning unit within the International Education Centre. Her entrepreneurial skills were supported by an MBA at Plymouth University, which she gained with distinction.

When Ross left Marjons she took up a role in the voluntary sector as Management Consultant in Relate (the “Relationship people”). Living in Devon and working with Relate Centres throughout the Southwest of England and all of Wales highlighted the challenges of delivering and developing services in sparely populated areas, as well as budget constraints, grant funding challenges, and project management.

Now retired and a recent immigrant to Lochaber, Ross is keen to contribute to her new home area.

Alan Sears

Alan moved to Ullapool with his wife Sara and four children in 2008 after spending the first 8 years of married life in Stirling. After an early career in the Aviation Insurance industry in the City of London Alan changed direction and enrolled at the University of Stirling where he graduated in 2003 with a BSc (1st class) in Human Resource Management. He enjoyed the subject so much he returned to University and graduated with an MSc in HRM in the summer of 2006. Alan’s career in HR includes regional and management roles with NHS Forth Valley, 8 years with the Scottish Ambulance Service and 1 year as HR Manager for Inverness College. Since spring 2017 Alan has been running his own HR and Health and Safety Consultancy business.