The members come from a variety of professional backgrounds.

Please note that the positions on the Scotland Advisory Committee are not remunerated.


Willy Roe CBE D.Univ B.Sc FRSA

Willy Roe is a strategic consultant and facilitator, with 30 years’ experience in strategic futures, education, public services, partnerships, and leadership development in the UK and internationally. He was awarded a CBE in 2010 for his contributions to public services and an Honorary Doctorate from The Open University in 2009 for his work in public service reform in Scotland. His current roles include: Chair, British Council’s Scotland Advisory Committee, and Associate, PA Consulting Group.

Professor Graham Caie, CBE, FRSE

Graham is professorial research fellow, Glasgow University, where he was previously Clerk of Senate, Vice Principal and International Dean. He represents the UK on the Board of ALLEA (the Federation of European Academies) and is Vice President, Scottish Text Society, member of Court of Queen Margaret Univ, Trustee, Faculty of Advocates Abbotsford Collection and on the National Library of Scotland Governance and Research Cttss. 

Sir Ian Diamond

Professor Sir Ian Diamond

Sir Ian has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen since 2010. He was previously Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton. He is Chair of the Lloyds Bank Foundation England&Wales, of the Universities UK Research Policy Network Committee and Group on Efficiency, Trustee of WWF UK and Iona Cathedral Trust, and member of the Scottish Science Advisory Council and CBI Scotland Council.

Ruth McFarlane

Since achieving a distinction on the completion of her Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Biology and Science) in 1994 Ruth has taught in a wide variety of secondary schools and has progressed from classroom teacher, to Principal Teacher of Biology, Curriculum Leader of Science, Depute Rector and finally Rector of Queen Anne High School in 2010. Ruth is committed to the promotion of equality through the appreciation and celebration of diversity within education.



Dawn Ellis Scotland Advisory Committee

Dawn Ellis

Dawn has worked in international publishing, digital marketing and communications for over 20 years, in a variety of private and public sector organisations. Before joining the University of Edinburgh, she was Director of New Media at Oxford University Press, delivering award-winning digital English language teaching materials worldwide. She was invited to join OUP as a result of her reputation for delivering high quality digital communications strategies with Macmillan publishers.

Dr Cindy Sughrue OBE

Cindy Sughrue is the Director of the Charles Dickens Museum, London. She was previously the Chief Executive & Executive Producer of Scottish Ballet where she significantly expanded the company’s work in the UK and internationally. Previous posts include Director of the Collective Gallery, and General Manager of Dance Base. Cindy has served on numerous Boards, and is currently a Trustee of the Dame Margot Fonteyn Scholarship Fund and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.


Jim Tough

Jim has more than 25 years of experience in the public and voluntary sectors, in community education, youth work and the arts. He established the award winning WHALE project (Wester Hailes Arts for Leisure and Education) in Edinburgh as well as the associated Fringe venue. He was CEO at Scottish Arts Council, then Executive Director North for Arts Council England, and he is now Executive Director of the Saltire Society and a Trustee of Imaginate and Scottish Language Dictionaries.

Professor Anne H. Anderson O.B.E FRSE

She is Vice Principal & Head of the College of Social Sciences, at the University of Glasgow having previously been Vice Principal & Head of College of Art, Science & Engineering at the University of Dundee. In both Universities she has been active in building international links.  She has served on the governing body of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and is currently a Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner as well as being on the board of Visit Scotland.

Hala Ousta

As a Public Policy MSc graduate from the University of Glasgow, with previous postgraduate qualifications in Law, Equality and Discrimination, Hala is a keen equalities campaigner who is passionate about football and female participation. She is currently working for the Scottish FA as a Diversity & Inclusion Officer, sits as a Board Director for Women in Football, and is the Founder and Chair of Inspiring Women Scotland. 

Karen Watt

Karen Watt

Karen was Chief Executive of the Scottish Housing Regulator, and in 2009, moved into central government as Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister, Alex Salmond. In early 2012, Karen became Head of Enterprise, Tourism and Cities policy. Karen was appointed Director of External Affairs in November 2012, responsible for the Scottish Government’s international and European engagement, international development programme, and UK relations.