The Governing Council works with the School's management team to develop the high-quality all-round education associated with George Watson's College.
The Governing Council is assisted by three committees:
The Governors are actively involved in the life of the School, attending performances, shadowing staff and pupils, and taking part in some of the many extra-curricular and outdoor activities that take place throughout the school year.
Roddy Maclennan has been co-opted by the Governing Council to serve for a second time, having been a Governor between 2009 and 2014 when he was a member of the Property and the Health and Safety Committees.
A Watsonian, Roddy is a banking and finance partner with the Scottish law firm MacRoberts specialising in structured and property finance and is frequently involved in the formation, monitoring and review of policy and strategy. Roddy appreciates the benefits that an all-round excellent education can provide and his legal and commercial knowledge and experience will assist GWC to fulfil its objectives and aspirations.
Formerly he was an external examiner at the University of Edinburgh, a Court member and trustee of Edinburgh Napier University and a rugby referee.
Grant Macrae was co-opted onto the Governing Council by the Governing Council of George Watson's College. He has been an Assistant on the Master's Court of the Merchant Company and a member of its Education Board, and has served as a Governor and member of the Finance Committee of both the Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools and George Watson's College previously. A Chartered Accountant, he has experience of being a trustee of several charities. He takes over as Chair of the Finance Committee and would like to use his experience to help ensure the school's short, medium and long-term goals are achieved.
Jim Walker's association with George Watson's started in the 1950s as a pupil, and continued as a parent into the 1980s and 1990s when his three children attended.He has been a member of the Merchant Company since 1972 and has served on the Court and several committees. Jim has held senior board positions in the construction industry for over 30 years, which will assist him in directing the Property Committee to deliver the new build and estate maintenance requirements of the School.
Ken is currently Chairman of a company dedicated to the provision of affordable housing throughout the UK, using modern methods of modular construction, fully funded and not requiring Government or Housing Association Grant. Educated at the High School of Dundee, Ken has had a long career in the construction industry, and was a Chartered Member of both the Institute of Building and Management. He worked for some large national companies on a variety of projects in the UK, and in Saudi Arabia. He sold his Development and House Building company in 2008, and acted as a property consultant until 2010. Since then has been engaging with local authorities and other agencies to try and address the chronic shortage of good quality affordable housing, available for rent in the UK. Ken’s two grandchildren currently attend Watson’s. Previously a Governor at St Margaret’s School in Edinburgh, he hopes to bring his enthusiasm and experience to the School, and has joined the Property Committee of the Governing Council.
Caroline Halliday was co-opted by the Governing Council of George Watson’s College. As a parent and member of the Education Committee, Caroline is keen to ensure that choosing Watson’s is a positive experience for all, aiming to help pupils become confident and balanced individuals who enjoy learning and achieve their potential. As a graduate in chemical engineering and environmental management, Caroline has held management roles with BP, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and The National Trust for Scotland. Caroline is a business angel and Non-Executive Director and is a trustee and advisor for a number of educational and children's charities.
Steve Hillier joined the Governing Council after 30 years as a senior academic at the University of Edinburgh. He brings extensive experience of teaching, research and public service from within the higher education sector, latterly as Vice-Principal International. His various professional leadership roles and previous connections with George Watson's College (both daughters are Watsonians) suit him well to support the School's evolving educational ambitions.
Iain More was co-opted by the Governing Council of George Watson’s College. He has worked in higher education, politics and fundraising in the UK, the US and France. After being Director of Development at the University of Edinburgh and INSEAD, in 1989 he founded Iain More Associates, a leading European fundraising consultancy. He is a former Trustee of the University of Oregon Foundation and continues to be active with the University, helping to establish an exchange programme with the University of Edinburgh. He is also involved with a number of other projects including the establishment of the Observatory for Sport in Scotland (OSS). Iain is interested in the work of the George Watson's College Family Foundation and advising the Development Office, as well as contributing to the governance of the School in its widest sense.
Murray Rudkin (Class of 1991) currently has two children attending Watson's. Murray was a keen rugby player and represented the School 1st XV, Watsonians 1st XV, Scotland U15, U18, U21 and also toured with the Scotland team to Zimbabwe in 1995. Murray’s career has predominantly been in the leisure industry where he progressed to UK Managing Director for the world's largest gym manufacturer before setting up his own business renting commercial gym equipment. Murray’s commercial background will add value to the newly formed External Relations and Development Committee.
Duncan Thomson was co-opted to the Governing Council, initially by the Merchant Company Education Board following his appointment as an Assistant to the Masters Court at the Edinburgh Merchant Company and more recently by the Governing Council of George Watson’s College. He is a member of the finance committee and a Trustee of the George Watson’s Family Foundation. He brings nearly 30 years of experience in investment management to the Council along with significant experience in working with independent boards, risk management, governance and oversight.
Duncan says it is an enormous privilege to be a governor and looks forward to utilising his skills and experience to ensure that the very high expectations of all stakeholders are met now and in the future.
Craig Watson is a Chartered Surveyor and Director with a full-service property consultancy firm, JLL, based in Edinburgh. Educated at George Watson’s College, he has 18 years experience in the property market throughout the East of Scotland and currently specialises in all aspects of agency and development advice to clients in the office sector. He was nominated to the Governing Council by the Merchant Company of Edinburgh where he is currently an Assistant on the Master’s Court and Chairman of the Property Committee. As a father to three young children, he fully understands the importance of a well-rounded education and hopes to bring his enthusiasm and property experience to the Governing Council and The Property Committee to help support the School’s vision for the future.