Skip To Main Content

Leadership

The Principal is responsible to the Governing Council for the overall strategic direction of George Watson’s College, the safe and effective provision of education within agreed financial parameters and the relationships that the School enjoys within the City of Edinburgh and further afield. The Heads of Junior School and Senior School have delegated responsibility for the leadership of their respective schools within the overall George Watson’s College strategy. They and the Principal are members of the Principal's Leadership Team which also comprises the Bursar, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Admissions, Communications & Development.

Principal's Leadership Team

Melvyn Roffe

Melvyn Roffe

Principal

Melvyn Roffe has been Principal of George Watson’s College since 2014, having previously been an English teacher, the academic deputy head of a school in Wales and the head of two state boarding schools in England. He has also held a number of non-executive positions in the education and voluntary sectors and his articles can often be seen in the educational press and online. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Fellow of the College of Optometrists and a Burgess of the City of Edinburgh. Melvyn has been elected to serve as the Chair of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference for the  2022/23 Session.

James Mills

James Mills

Bursar
James Mills joined Watson’s in 2003. He is a Chartered Accountant with a long track record of financial management in financial services and the service sector. His main responsibilities are finance, compliance and health and safety. He is also Clerk to the Governing Council, providing support to the Council and its Committees. In addition, James reports to the Merchant Company Education Board on financial matters and risk. 
Su Breadner

Su Breadner

Chief Operating Officer
Su Breadner joined Watson’s in 2015 and provides leadership to a diverse group of our school's support staff including human resources and payroll, information technology and data management, facilities management, administration and reception and nursing services. She is also responsible for the generation of income through the Galleon Club, The Pavilion at Myreside and venue hire. Su is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development whose career has encompassed work in a variety of sectors including transport, banking, food manufacturing and further education.
Gordon Boyd

 Gordon Boyd

Head of Senior School
Gordon Boyd has been Head of Senior School since 2016. Supported by the Senior School Leadership Team, his role is to lead the talented team of teachers and other educational professionals to ensure that secondary age pupils can make the most of their time at Watson’s and leave as confident and successful citizens. Gordon was previously headteacher of two large comprehensive schools and a senior adviser and chief officer in a local authority. After many years working in England and abroad, his move to Watson's was also his homecoming to Edinburgh.
George Salmond

George Salmond

Head of Junior School
George Salmond joined George Watson’s College as a class teacher in 1995, gaining promotion to a series of leadership roles and being appointed Head of the Junior School in 2016. He and the Junior School Leadership Team focus on the wellbeing of Junior School pupils, the effectiveness of their learning and of the teaching, care services and enrichment activities that give them such a positive start to their educational journey. George is a former Scotland cricket captain who participated in the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the 1999 World Cup. He also had nine seasons as a football referee in the Scottish professional leagues and can still sometimes be heard as a cricket pundit on Scottish media outlets.  
Karen Goodman

Karen Goodman

Director of Admissions, Marketing and Development
Karen Goodman’s key areas of responsibility are fundraising and engaging with former pupils and the wider Watsonian community as well as managing and supporting the Admissions, Marketing and Partnership teams. Karen had over 30 years experience in alumni, development, marketing and international recruitment in the Scottish higher education sector before coming to Watson’s in 2018.

The Junior School Leadership Team

George Salmond

George Salmond

Head of Junior School
Alison Adam

Alison Adam

Deputy Head, Junior School
Learning and Teaching
Alasdair MacDonell

Alasdair MacDonell

Deputy Head, Junior School
Primary 4 – Primary 7
Rob Porteous

Rob Porteous

Deputy Head, Junior School
Learning and Teaching
Isy Pyper

Isy Pyper

Director of Professional Learning
Kate Wilson

Kate Wilson

Deputy Head, Junior School
Preschool – Primary 3

The Senior School Leadership Team

Gordon Boyd

 Gordon Boyd

Head of Senior School
Lesley Dorward

Lesley Dorward

Deputy Head, Senior School
Pupil Support
Diane Grant

Diane Grant

Deputy Head, Senior School
Curriculum and Examinations
Richard Travers

Richard Travers

Deputy Head, Senior School
Pupil Enrichment
Leigh Harran

Leigh Harran

Assistant Head, Senior School
Wider Achievement
Fiona Taylor

Fiona Taylor

Assistant Head, Senior School
Academic Achievement
Kenny Thomson

Kenny Thomson

Assistant Head, Senior School
Curriculum and Exams 

Governing Council

The Governing Council provides strategic oversight and works with the Principal and his leadership team to develop the medium and long term direction of  the School. The Chair is appointed by the Merchant Company Education Board and three other Governors are appointed by the Master’s Court of the Royal Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh. The Principal is a member of the Governing Council ex officio whilst other Governors are appointed by co-option based upon the skills and experience that they can bring to the Council. 

Much of the work of the Governing Council is undertaken by its committees. They can co-opt additional members who are not Governors to assist their work.

Roddy Maclennan

Roddy Maclennan

Chair of Governing Council and ex officio member of all committees

Prof Stephen Hillier OBE

Prof Stephen Hillier OBE

Chair of the Education & Pupil Wellbeing Committee
Murray Rudkin

Murray Rudkin

Chair of the External Relations & Development Committee
Dr Michael Carslaw

Dr Michael Carslaw

Member of the Education & Pupil Wellbeing Committee. Chair of the George Watson’s Legacy Oversight, Advisory & Support Panel

Lisa Frost

Lisa Frost

Member of the External Relations & Development Committee and the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee.
Lee Hamill

Lee Hamill

Chair of the Finance Committee and Member of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee
Bruce Hunter

Bruce Hunter

Member of the Property & Facilities Committee. 
Marcella Macdonald

Marcella Macdonald

Member of the Education & Pupil Wellbeing Committee. 
Craigie Marwick

Craigie Marwick

Member of the Property & Facilities Committee and the External Relations & Development Committee.
Anna Stamp

Anna Stamp

Chair of the Property & Facilities Committee 
Nicky Pritchett-Brown

Nicky Pritchett-Brown

Member of the External Relations & Development Committe
Fergus Thomson

Fergus Thomson

Member of the Finance Committee and and of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee
Jonathan Towers

Jonathan Towers

Member of the Finance Committee and of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee 
Ashlie Turner

Ashlie Turner

Chair of the Staff Committee