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Boards and committees

​​All our Non-Executive Board members (NEBM) sit on the Advisory Board and some are also members of the Audit and Risk Committee.

The Advisory Board plays a crucial role in the strategic governance of Education Scotland. As a member of the Advisory Board, NEBMs offer leadership, direction and guidance to the organisation, supporting the Agency to deliver their​ corporate objectives and ensuring that it runs efficiently.

As part of the Audit and Risk Committee, NEBMs provide robust constructive challenge and scrutiny to support the Chief Executive in her role as Accountable Officer. This includes reviewing the effectiveness of internal control, risk management arrangements, financial information, and the integrity and independent audit of the Annual Report and Accounts.

​As at 1 April 2018 our Non-Executive Directors are:

Moi Ali Moi Ali

Moi Ali has worked in communications for three decades. She runs her own consultancy specialising in communications and customer experience training and is author of over 20 books for leading publishers, including 'Communication Skills for Health and Care Professionals'. She sits on two UK-wide Boards: the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Care, and the Ministry of Defence Police Committee. She is a former member of the Boards of the Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Police Authority, Edinburgh Napier University, Postwatch and the Postal Redress Service. She was Scotland’s first Judicial Complaints Reviewer, she is a former Ministry of Justice Complaints Reviewer, and she was Vice President of the world’s largest healthcare regulator.

Dr Michael EwartMichael Ewart

Dr Michael Ewart joined the then Scottish Office in 1977, where his career began in the Education Department. In 1991 he became Deputy Director of the Scottish Courts Administration and guided the Scottish Court Service to agency status, becoming its first Chief Executive in 1994. In 1999 he returned to the then Scottish Executive Education Department, first as Head of Schools Group and, from 2002, as Head of the Education Department. From April 2007 until he retired in November 2009, he was Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service. Dr Ewart is now Director of the Scottish International Education Trust, a member of the UK Board of Phoenix and Chair of the Phoenix Scottish Board, and a Lay Member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

John Fyffe

John Fyffe BSc, Dip Tech Ed, Dip Ed Tech, Dip Prof Studies is a lifelong learner having left school at 16 and served an apprenticeship as a toolmaker. Since then he has had a long and distinguished career in education having taught in five schools before his appointment as a secondary headteacher. He was a Corporate Director in Perth & Kinross for over 10 years where, as Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services, he successfully led sustainable service and corporate initiatives for the benefit of children and communities. John served as President of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland between 2013 and 2015 and co-wrote its 20-20 vision strategy paper which has influenced current national policy. He has sat on numerous boards and working groups and recently was a member of Scotland’s Attainment Challenge Advisory Board, the DYW Advisory Board, Career Ready Scottish Board, Care Inspectorate High Level Working Group on the new Integrated Children's Services Inspection and Co-Chaired the National GIRFEC Implementation Group. Prior to his retirement in March 2018 he was Senior Depute Chief Executive with responsibility for Housing, Community Safety, Community Planning and Equalities.

Linn PhippsLinn Phipps

Linn Phipps MA MSc FCIM FRSA is a Non-Executive Director and coach/mediator. She has taken particular roles in governance and risk, using an understanding of risk to enhance achievement of strategic objectives and in making strategic decisions. Previously, she was a Non Executive Director of two Scottish Government Audit and Risk Committees, and of Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd. Linn is a Vice Chair of the Scottish Mediation Network and chairs its Committee for Excellence in Mediation as well as its Workplace and Employment Initiative Group.

Linn is an active participant in Gaelic culture and sings with Gaelic choirs in the Island of Lewis and in Edinburgh. She believes passionately in the importance – to personal development and continued wellbeing – of cultural heritage, participation and lifelong learning. She has been active in commemorations of the First World War including a 100th anniversary commemoration of the poet Ewart Alan Mackintosh who was killed in November 1917.

Stephen Ross

Stephen Ross B. Eng (Hons) has been headteacher at Craigroyston Community High School, City of Edinburgh Council, since August 2013. He leads with an egalitarian vision, informed by his experience as a Depute Rector and Education Officer in Fife. His work at Craigroyston has been recognised nationally for delivering an innovative curriculum that includes vocational courses, work based learning and many pathways to employment as well as more traditional, academic courses. Inclusion and equity are incorporated into every aspect of school life, and young people are strongly encouraged to stay on until the end of S6 to enable them to prepare for a sustained positive destination post school. Steve believes one of his main roles as headteacher is to empower staff and young people to take leadership opportunities.

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