Accreditation Committee Members
Accreditation Committee members come from training and industry; their input helps us ensure that we meet the needs of Scottish industry and those tasked with delivering SQA accredited qualifications.
Read more about our AC members below.
Accreditation Committee Convenor
Roger Stewart is a change delivery and organisational development consultant, having recently retired from the Army. During his thirty seven years military service he deployed on operations and delivered civil engineering projects throughout the world. More recently he commanded a recruit training unit and as a staff officer he contributed to: improvements in Army talent management and succession planning; defence personnel strategy; and skills development arrangements for reserve service personnel and their civilian employers. He was involved heavily in developing Army leadership and skills development strategy.
Roger has extensive experience of organisational development and the management of change in the public sector. In 2013 he was honoured with OBE for his contribution to Army restructuring. He continues to conduct reviews of large public sector change programmes on behalf of UK and Scottish Governments and to work with the Ministry of Defence in restructuring its arrangements to integrate the management and development of its military and civilian workforce.
Throughout his military career Roger studied part time: for an Honours Degree in Computing and Information Technology; a Masters in Business Administration; and to progress within the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, of which he is a Chartered Fellow. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Member of the Institute of Business Consulting and of the Institute of Royal Engineers.
As a father of five Roger remains fully engaged with a number of skills development and qualification case studies! In his spare time he is a keen walker and wildlife photographer.
Val originally joined Bank of Scotland, in the Mortgage Department, in 1983. After a move to England for a short period, Val returned to Edinburgh in 1989 to begin a career as a Scottish Law Accountant working in a series of large Edinburgh law firms. This was followed by a move to the Legal Office of the NHS in Scotland to run the Law Accountants and IT department in 1993.
Val joined Lloyds Banking Group as the Resource Manager for the Intelligent Finance, IT Department in 2001, progressing to the Group Change Management department, the core Change function for the Bank, as the Head of Operations in 2006.
As Head of Operations, Val oversees, operationalises and embeds key risk and regulatory policies, HR-related strategies, business performance measurement and colleague communications.
During her time with Group Change Management Val has piloted the Go4IT initiative which is designed to encourage young females into a career in IT. She also led an internal programme to recycle and re-use unused IT hardware. This programme has generated savings of £2–3m per annum for the Bank.
Angela has nearly 30 years experience in the Hospitality industry working in a number of 4 star hotel companies; currently Group Head of Learning & Development & Quality for Apex Hotels for the last 3 years.
Prior to this, Angela has held a number of senior positions within Apex Hotels since 1999, as Group Director of Service & Quality 2010 – 2014 and Regional Director for Scotland 2006 – 2010, achieving success through positive leadership and excellent people management.
Angela has a led a number of projects during the company’s growth which includes new hotel openings. Her passion for Hospitality and the recent SQA Centre approval for Apex Hotels; promotes the benefits of MA’s and vocational learning for all staff and the ethos of “Growing our own Talent”.
As a key partner for the Scottish Apprenticeship in Hospitality, Angela is actively involved encouraging young people onto the SAIH or the Apex pre apprenticeship programme promoting hospitality as a positive career destination.
Alister started his career in Contracts Furnishings before moving to the Transport Industry. He worked for a number of years within this sector before joining a multinational soft drinks company where part of his remit was to deliver training. In July 2012 Alister made the decision to follow a long-held ambition to start up in business and he launched Tillycroy Support Services.
It was the desire to succeed, combined with determination, hard work and lots of personal sacrifices that has led Alister to build up the business that Tillycroy Support Services are today. Based in Aberdeenshire in the North East of Scotland the business prides itself on the quality of training, leading Alister to secure clients throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, where the company deliver a range of training and qualifications in First Aid and Health & Safety, as well as a full suite of E-Learning courses.
The company has been recognised for success, including being chosen in 2017 to be one of the top 100 small businesses in the UK as part of the Small Business 100. Additional recognition for the company’s success came when it received a major boost from the self-made millionaire, Theo Paphitis of “Dragons Den” fame. Theo named “Tillycroy” as a winner of his Small Business Sunday competition in November 2017. As part of this, Alister met with him in February 2018 and has continued to be supported by the SBS network.
Born in Aberdeen as a boy Alister joined the Boys’ Brigade and after working his way through the ranks became the youngest Company Captain and then Vice President of the Aberdeen District Battalion. In this role Alister was involved with training and leading camps/expeditions and latterly helping to fundraise a considerable amount of money for the refurbishment of the Aberdeen Headquarters.
Paul began his career as an apprentice in the water industry in 1993 where he worked in water industry operations for seven years before he moved on to become a technical skills trainer and SVQ Assessor in 2000. Paul then moved into organisational development (OD) in 2002 as an internal OD consultant within Scottish Water. He is now Scottish Water’s Skills Development Manager.
Paul also represents the Scottish water industry on the Water Industry Skills Steering Group (WISSG) with responsibilities for identifying national skills priorities, projects and policy arrangements for the UK water industry.
Lorna worked for a period of eight years as a Social Worker and Senior Social Worker in Glasgow. Over a period of seventeen years she worked in four Further Education Colleges as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Head of School. In 2006, Lorna set up and established l&g learning to provide flexible and responsive learning and development services including Modern Apprenticeships and Employability programmes. During this time Lorna has acted as a consultant with various organisations including NHS Education Scotland, SQA and SSSC developing SQA qualifications, National Occupational Standards, conducting research contributing to key policy initiatives. Lorna is a member of the Board and Vice Chair for Employability; Chair of the Social Services Forum of the Scottish Training Federation; member of the fsb Scottish Policy Unit and a member of the SQA Accreditation Committee. In November 2018 Lorna was awarded the SQA Fellowship Award for outstanding contribution to Scottish education and training. Lorna has the following qualifications; CQSW, Diploma in Social Work, TQFE, MSc Human Resource Management, Diploma in Digital Marketing and SVQ Assessor, Internal and External Verification awards.
Fiona Robertson took up post as the Chief Executive of SQA and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer in July last year. Previously Director of Learning at the Scottish government, Fiona has a wealth of experience across government, first as an economist and latterly in education. This included responsibility for the development and delivery of Curriculum for Excellence, the Scottish Attainment Challenge and the National Improvement Framework for education.
Elaine Hutton has worked in Scotland’s further education sector for over fifteen years. Having started as a lecturer, she is now a Director- Learning & Skills within Ayrshire College. She has worked with SQA throughout her college career in developing learning materials for both Beauty Therapy and Core skills as part of new national frameworks.
Prior to joining the sector, she worked within the aviation sector where she accumulated a vast experience in delivery of technical changes within the industry as well as leading on “workplace culture” as part of her training role spanning Europe and the Far East.
Elaine is an ambassador for Worldskills UK ( Scotland) and is passionate about providing all learners with the opportunity to develop themselves through competitions to drive up both technical and employability skills.
Jane Handley has more than 25 years’ experience working in Scotland’s further education colleges, with her most recent being a leadership role at Edinburgh College. She has experience and skills in strategy and policy development and implementation; community planning; partnerships, qualification arrangements, quality improvement, timetabling and change management. She brings to the board of SQA a thorough understanding of Scotland’s further education sector and chaired the College’s steering group for Developing the Young Workforce, bringing together stakeholders to reduce youth unemployment.
Grahame Smith was appointed General Secretary of the Scottish TUC in November 2006.
He is a Graduate of Strathclyde University, where he obtained an Honours Degree in Economics and Industrial Relations.
He serves on a number of Boards/bodies in the field of economic development and skills. He is a Non-Executive Director of Skills Development Scotland; a member of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board; a Non-Executive Director of Investors In People Community Interest Company; a Non-Executive Director of the SQA; Chairperson of Scotland Europa; a member of the UK Government’s MER Oil and Gas Forum and the Scottish Oil and Gas Industry Leadership Group.
He serves on the Fair Work Convention and, having been a member of the Wood Commission on Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, is actively involved in the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations through his membership of the DYW National Group.
In November 2015 Grahame received an honorary degree of Doctor of the University from the University of Strathclyde in recognition of his achievements in the field of industrial relations, economic policy and his work in knowledge exchange.
Following the 2016 EU Referendum, Grahame was appointed by the First Minister to serve on the Standing Council on Europe which is advising the Scottish Government on the Brexit and maintaining Scotland's relationship with the EU.
After studying Agriculture at Edinburgh, George ran the family farm, primarily diary, for 25 years. The key objectives for the business was to sustainably increase productivity through innovation and efficiency based on genetics, nutrition, management and high levels of staff training.
Unforeseen circumstances led George to change career joining the Scottish Government Rural and Environmental affairs department, where I worked initially as an officer, then as a manager in the inspections and payments division.
Following 5 very useful years with government, the next career move was to join the Scottish Agriculture College (SAC) as a business consultant, advising farmers on a variety of technical, environmental and business issues.
George is currently employed by the National Farmers Union of Scotland as Policy Manager with specialist areas leading on education and skills as well as the dairy sector. This responsibility requires close collaboration with government, local authorities, education and skills providers and industry.