The Governing Council is responsible for establishing the strategy for the school, as well as ensuring the effective management of the school through the Senior Management Team.
The Council is made up of respected individuals who are all specialists in their field, with extensive experience in education, business and the professions. Many are OGs (former Glenalmond pupils) or have had children at the school. We are very fortunate to have an active, committed and highly professional Council, led by the Chairman Niall Booker.
The Most Revd Mark Strange - President of Council
Most Rev Mark J Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Bishop Mark was brought up and educated in Aberdeen, he read Divinity at Aberdeen University before completing his studies at Lincoln Theological College. Bishop Mark served his Title at St Barnabas Church in Worcester before becoming Vicar of St Wulstan’s, Worcester. Bishop Mark returned to Scotland and served as Rector of Elgin, Lossiemouth, Aberlour and Dufftown as well as Synod Clerk of Moray. He was elected Bishop of the diocese in 2007 and was elected Primus in 2017. Bishop Mark is married to Jane and has three children; Bishops House is on the Black Isle at Arpafeelie.
Niall Booker - Chairman of Council
Niall was educated at Glenalmond College ( Patchell's 1971-1975 ) and Gonville and Caius College Cambridge. He spent 31 years working for the HSBC group in many parts of the world culminating in being Chief Executive of their North American operations and a member of the Group Management board. Until December 2016 Niall was the Chief Executive of the Cooperative Bank where he spent three and a half years dealing with the fall out from that institution's issues in 2013. He has two sons who are both OGs. He lives in London and continues to play golf from time to time for the OG Golfing Society. As well as being a benefactor to the College he has been a member of the College Council since 2012 and was Chairman of the Committee of Council from 2013 until July 2017.
Keith Cochrane CBE - Chairman of Committee of Council
Keith was the Chief Executive of the Weir Group PLC, a global engineering solutions provider. He joined the Group as Finance Director in July 2006 and was appointed Chief Executive in November 2009. He is also a member of the Board of Carillion plc, one of the UK’s largest infrastructure companies, where he serves as Senior Non-Executive Director.
Keith grew up in Dunblane and graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1989 with a first class honours degree in Accountancy. Following a number of years at Arthur Andersen, Keith joined Stagecoach Group plc in 1993. He became the Group’s Finance Director in 1996 and Chief Executive in 2000. He joined Scottish Power plc in 2003 and served as Director of Group Finance.
In 2015, Keith was appointed as the UK Government’s Lead Non-Executive Director for the Scotland Office and Office of the Advocate General. He is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Keith was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2016.
Living in Perthshire, Keith is married with two children; one currently in Home and the other in Reid’s. Keith is the Chair of the Committee at Glenalmond.
The Earl of Home CVO CBE
David Douglas-Home was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. He inherited the title of the Earl of Home in 1995. Lord Home was appointed Chairman of Coutts & Co on 1 June 1999. His directorships include: RBS Coutts Bank Ltd, Grosvenor Group Ltd (Chairman), Grosvenor Estate Holdings, Wheatsheaf Investments Ltd, British Malaysian Society (President), RBS Asset Management Ltd, Ditchley Foundation (Governor), Douglas & Angus Estates, Dubai Financial Services Authority, and the Royal Agricultural Society of England. Lord Home is an active member in the House of Lords. He is married with two daughters and one son. He has been a Member of Council since 1995.
David was educated at Glenalmond College (1961-66) a pupil in Skrine's House. He studied Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot Watt University graduating in 1973 joining Robert Hurd & Partners in Edinburgh and founding his own Architectural Practice in 1977 in Edinburgh before joining with the London practice of Carl Fisher and Partners 1979. He continues to work in the commercial sector for Private Developers and Public Companies, and was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. He has been a member of the Council since 2005 and sits on the Committee of Council. He is married with a grown up son, also educated at Glenalmond and lives in Edinburgh.
Born and brought up in West Yorkshire, John was educated at Sedbergh School and Clare College, Cambridge, where he read German, Russian and French. After six years in commerce, including a year at Manchester Business School, he joined the teaching staff at Glenalmond from 1975-78, and worked in schools in England, before succeeding Ian Templeton as Headmaster of Oswestry School. He then returned to Scotland and was for thirteen years Rector of The Edinburgh Academy, retiring in 2008. John is married with four adult children and lives in Strathearn.
Jock was educated at Harrow School, Scottish Agricultural College and Napier University. He then went on to qualify as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor. Having started his career with the Miller Group he set up his own residential development company in 2000. He is married with three children, two of whom are OGs. He lives with his family in Edinburgh. Jock sits on the Committee of Council at Glenalmond.
John was educated at Glenalmond College (Cairnies 1976-1981). He studied law at Aberdeen University, graduating in 1985, and after training in Edinburgh, returned to Perth where he is now Chairman of his law firm. John specialises in private client work, is a Convenor of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and a Trustee on various private and charitable trusts. John is married, lives in Perth, with two sons, one of whom is an OG and the other is a current pupil at the College. John sits on the Committee of Council at Glenalmond.
David is an ex-journalist and author, former managing director of Radio Forth in Edinburgh and current proprietor of a Hebridean brewery. He is a director of Royal Blind, a trustee of Scottish War Blinded, deputy chairman of the East Lothian Pipes and Drums Trust and chairman of Dunbar RNLI lifeboat station. David was brought up in Newcastle Upon Tyne and educated at Manor Park Comprehensive School. He is married with two grown up daughters, both former pupils of Gordonstoun, and a son, Alasdair, in Patchell's. He lives in Athelstaneford, East Lothian. David sits on the Marketing Strategy Group at Glenalmond.
Prof Alison McCleery
Alison McCleery is Professor of Geography at Edinburgh Napier University and a graduate of St Andrews and Glasgow Universities. She sits on both the Universities Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council's Research & Knowledge Exchange Committees and is immediate past chair of Award for Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers. Alison is an active cultural geography researcher and recently completed a major Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project in collaboration with Museums Galleries Scotland. Her three OG sons were all in Skrine's, Rory finishing as Head of House and Sandy as Captain of Coll, while Neil now teaches at the English boarding school where Warden Skrine himself was a master prior to his appointment at Glenalmond. Alison sits on the Education and Welfare Committee at Glenalmond.
Tim teaches French at Secondary level in the Perth area having completed his PGDE at Moray House in Edinburgh in 2015. He left the Army in March 2014 having joined The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) from Sandhurst in 1979, subsequently serving in the Royal Regiment of Scotland. He frequently served abroad including Hong Kong and Germany and 3 ½ years at the French Military Academy of ST Cyr Coëtquidan. He repeatedly served with the UN in Africa with a final tour in 2013, in Mali, and also completed an OU degree in Modern Language Studies the same year. Married to Elspeth and living near Glenalmond they have three children, two of whom are OGs. His interests include France, fishing for almost anything, skiing and most of the great outdoors.
Linda White was born in Glasgow and brought up in a small village in South Lanarkshire. She was educated at state schools before attending Strathclyde University, where she graduated with a Law Degree in 1974. After completing her legal apprenticeship in Glasgow, she went on to specialise in Criminal Law. Known in her professional life as Linda Smith, she worked for twenty years as a defence solicitor in the Glasgow courts, mainly in Sheriff and Jury trials. The arrival of her first of three daughters necessitated a career change and subsequently, in 1995, a house move to Comrie in Perthshire where she and her family still live. Linda then began her career in the Civil Courts, primarily dealing with all aspects of Family Law. Presently, she works full-time as the Court and Staff Partner in the long-established Stirling firm of Hill & Robb. Since 2006, she also sits as a Part-Time Sheriff.
Rupert was educated at Glenalmond College ( Mathesons 1977-1982 ) and Dundee University. He spent 27 years working in property primarily for major retailers in the UK, Central Europe and Asia before setting up his own development business focusing on the foodstore sector. He is now Chief Executive of a major facilities management company based in the UK and mainland Europe. He is married with three children – two of whom were educated at Glenalmond. He is Chairman of the OG Club and joined the Council in January 2015. He lives in East Lothian.
Hugh spent his childhood in St Andrews and attended Glenalmond (Cairnies) from 1965-69. His love of the hills and of history were equally the product of his years at Coll, along with friendships which have lasted through life. Hugh won a scholarship to read History at Christ Church Oxford and worked for three years subsequently on a D.Phil., to which he has returned now he has retired. He then trained as a history teacher in Aberdeen and worked in maintained schools in East and Mid Lothian before being appointed Deputy Head of George Watson’s College and subsequently Head of Robert Gordon's College from 2004-14, which involved a move back to the north-east, where he still lives. He is married to a music teacher and they have four children.
Anna was educated at St Columba’s School, Kilmacolm, Robert Gordon University and Stirling University. She began her career at Dunedin Fund Managers as a junior portfolio manager before moving to London with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson as a Telecoms Specialist Salesperson. Anna moved into Investor Relations and served as Director of IR for TeleWest, Rank Group and SABMiller. Taking a career break to raise her family, she moved to Knysna, South Africa for a decade, building up a small farming interest. The family moved back to Edinburgh in early 2016 and Sacha joined Patchell’s virtually straight from the airport in Cape Town! Ariel joined him last year in Lothian and Calia is eagerly looking forward to moving up from Cargilfield to Glenalmond in September 2019. Anna is an Investment Director with Adam Investment in Edinburgh and she is involved with delivering the Enterprise programme for the Princes’ Trust. A keen horse-rider, walker and (slow) returner to 5k Parkruns!
Kate was educated at Craiglowan Prep School, Perth and then at St Leonards’s School, St Andrews. After a jam packed gap year where she picked olives in Greece, worked on a Kibbutz in Israel, travelled through Asia and worked in the Northern territory of Australia, she went on to Napier University in Edinburgh where she attained a diploma as a Staff Nurse and then went on to do a Bsc in Nursing.
Having worked in the respiratory department at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, she went on to marry OG James Porter (at Glenalmond chapel!) and gave up nursing to bring up her four children, three of whom are at Glenalmond, and one who is on her gap year and off to Bath University in September.
Kate now runs a farm shop/café at home on their farm; she is a member of the Children’s Panel and works as a mentor for Breakthrough, a Dundee charity supporting young disadvantaged teenagers.