Mary HollandView my LinkedIn
Mary started her career as a graduate recruit with BP in Aberdeen in 1987. Since then, she has worked in a wide range of management, service provision and project roles across private, public and third sector organisation in the North-east of Scotland. These have included BP, Amerada Hess, Common Purpose, Grampian Police, Capita Health Solutions and the Wood Foundation.
Martin JohnstonView my LinkedIn
Martin joined the DYWNES team in March 2016 after 4 years as a Senior Recruitment Advisor for a large oil services company, supporting the recruitment of Engineering/Technical requirements. Prior to this, Martin worked for various recruitment agencies in the Aberdeen area and has over 17 years proven recruitment delivery experience. His main duties as School & Business Coordinator include engaging with employers and schools to facilitate and create lasting meaningful relationships in order to educate and prepare young people for the world of work. Martin is a thorough, process driven, delivery focused individual, with good communication skills, capable of building strong long lasting relationships. Outside of work Martin has a keen interest in football (armchair fan), technology, cooking and food. Partial to trying new restaurants and eating out, he can also be found in his own kitchen cooking up culinary delights for his family and friends.
Joan YoungView my LinkedIn
Joan has a keen interest in helping to provide a wide range of paths and opportunities for young people to thrive and develop in their future career. With a career kicking off in finance, Joan has run her own business, national and international journal editorial offices and has twenty years experience working with young people from pre-school to tertiary education, educators and senior management teams. Prior to joining the DYW team, Joan worked at the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce for six years advising and supporting member companies expanding their businesses in international markets. Outside of work, Joan enjoys spending time with her family, keeping fit, travelling the world and trying out new experiences.
Hannah DuthieView my LinkedIn
Hannah graduated with a BA(Hons) in Public Relations from Robert Gordon University in 2016. Prior to joining the team in 2018, Hannah worked in a number of marketing roles with organisations across the North-east. Hannah is very approachable with a keen interest in communication, culture and getting to know people and hopes that this will help her strengthen existing relationships with schools and businesses whilst also developing new ones. She enjoys working with schools and businesses to help young people follow their dreams and fulfill their goals. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys watching football and is a season ticket holder at Pittodrie. She loves travelling to different countries and exploring new things.
Steve Petrie (Chair)Read Bio
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Steve Petrie (Chair)
Steve is a gas engineer having spent nearly 20 years with British Gas in senior positions across the UK. Steve led the build of the natural gas network in Northern Ireland and introduced lean techniques and logistics solutions to the project, having spent time in the UK outsourcing parts of the British Gas supply chain to logistics companies. In 2003, Steve attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he completed the Leaders for Tomorrow programme. Steve is a passionate practitioner and student of leadership and people and has been involved across Balfour Beatty Group in leading several areas of focus in its ongoing build to programme.
Andrew Ritchie (Vice Chair)View my LinkedIn
Andrew joined Shell in 1993 as a Graduate Engineer and early in his career became very involved in communications and stakeholder engagement. He decided that External Affairs was more fun and of more interest than engineering and switched career paths. From 1998 through 2003 Andrew supported Shell’s North Sea operations, before 10 years overseas with Shell in The Netherlands, US and Canada, latterly as Communications Manager supporting all of Shell’s oil sands operations in Canada. In 2013 he moved back to Aberdeen but travelled most weeks in his role as Head of Downstream Communications. In 2015 Andrew returned to Aberdeen as External Relations Manager Brent Decommissioning and U.K. Upstream. Andrew joined the Developing the Young Workforce Board in 2016. He is married to Jeanne and his son, Jack (15) and daughter, Emma (12), are both at Banchory Academy.
Allison Carrington (Vice Chair)
Allison started her career as a police officer in Aberdeen City in 1984. After having her family she had a change in direction and studied as a mature student with the OU and Aberdeen University before going on to gain her PhD in Fish Immunology. She worked as a research fellow with Aberdeen University before moving to the school of Medical Sciences where she lectured in Medical Sciences and coordinated the highly successful Industrial Placement Programme, enabling students to gain practical experience relative to their chosen career in places as far afield as Aberdeen, London, Europe, Korea, Japan and Australia. She also worked in partnership with a number of European universities to establish a multi-centered MSc in Medical Biotechnology. Allison has been an invited lecturer in the Universities of Bologna and Grenoble on the topic of carrier planning and management. In 2017 Allison took up the post of Skills Planning Lead (NE) with SDS where she is working with partners to align skills provision to the needs of the NE economy. Allison is passionate about encouraging and helping young people to perform to the best of their ability and giving them the best start to their career.
Bob MacDonaldView my LinkedIn
Bob MacDonald is the chief executive officer for Wood Group’s global business unit focused on specialist technical solutions (STS) and a member of the Wood Group Executive Leadership team. Bob has over 23-years’ experience in the oil and gas industry – primarily in the subsea sector. He joined Wood Group in 2003 having previously held various roles for offshore installation companies including engineering manager and contracts manager. He has extensive North Sea experience and has also worked in Europe, the Middle East and North/South America. Bob is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IMarEST and holds two Masters Degrees – one in Offshore Engineering and the other in Construction Law & Arbitration. In addition, he is a council member and Fellow of the Society of Underwater Technology [SUT] – as well as being presented with the SUT Award of Merit in 2011. Bob is also on the Board of the government led ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ initiative. Bob is married with two young children.
Jackie has more than 30 years’ experience in Human Resources. In May 2012 she joined Proserv as Senior Vice President Human Resources. Prior to joining Proserv she was HR Director at Subsea 7 and has also held senior HR positions with Weatherford and Marathon Oil. Jackie has worked in a variety of locations including USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. Jackie is a Board member for Developing the Young Workforce, served on the Children’s Panel for Scotland and is a Justice of the Peace.
Judith ThorpeView my LinkedIn
In 1997 Judith Thorpe founded Thorpe Molloy Recruitment with her business partner, Karen Molloy, aged 24. Since start up, the business has extended its services from Accountancy and Financial recruitment to include 8 other specialist divisions Executive, HR, Office Personnel, Commercial Contracts, Business Development and Marketing, QHSE, Supply Chain and Professional Trades. Thorpe Molloy has celebrated its 18th anniversary and now employs 25 people. Originally from Yorkshire and a graduate of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Judith is passionate about promoting and supporting entrepreneurialism and young enterprise. She is the local chair of Entrepreneurial Scotland, an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland and The Sandpiper Trust, and is on the board of North East of Scotland’s Developing the Young Workforce initiative.
Laurence was appointed Director of Education and Children’s Services in Aberdeenshire in July 2018 and was previously the seconded Regional Improvement Lead for the Northern Alliance Regional Improvement Collaborative. Prior to this, Laurence worked at Moray Council in a variety of roles, Principal Teacher and Depute Head Teacher at Keith Grammar School, then Head Teacher at Forres Academy and then Head of Schools and Director. Earlier in his career, Laurence taught at Fraserburgh Academy in Aberdeenshire and started his career as a teacher of Modern Languages in Edinburgh. Laurence studied French and German at the University of Stirling.
Eleanor has taught in North-east schools for many years and has held a number of senior leadership positions both at school and local authority level. Eleanor was appointed as chief education officer in late 2018 and works with schools and the central team to ensure a focus on improving outcomes for children and young people in Aberdeen City.
Morag joined Malmaison Aberdeen as General Manager in January 2018, having worked in the hospitality industry for almost 25 years in a variety of roles, including room division and operations. She is a RGIT graduate and completed Cornell University's GMs programme in 2014. As a member of the Aberdeen City and Shire Hotel Association, Morag sits on their executive committeeand is chair of Grampian HIT Scotland committee. She is passionate about the development of young people into hospitality. When she is not working, she likes running and walking her puppy Hector.
Sarah is passionate about developing young people and the wider community, particularly within the world of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). During her years at TechFest, Sarah has worked to support the DYW aims to encourage young audiences and ensure all young people reach a positive destination and especially highlight the benefits of a career in these sectors. With a BSc in Psychology and a MSc in Marketing, Sarah has a wide range of knowledge across the business sector and how to engage with various audiences, promoting education in a fun and enjoyable way. Prior to TechFest and ger time at the University of Aberdeen, Sarah was seconded to the Scottish Government while working with North-east charity Live Wire Productions, a role that provided great insight to the overall picture of government campaigns across Scotland.
Since graduating 10 years ago from the Robert Gordon University, Stuart has spent much of his time working for Mackie’s of Scotland across a variety of roles. Now, as commercial director, Stuart is the youngest member of the company’s senior management team and is responsible for looking after many of the business’ major customers, as well as helping it expand into new markets. Mackie’s is one of Scotland’s leading food brands, making products such as ice cream and chocolate. In 2016, Stuart was named ‘Rising Star’ at the Northern Star Business Awards and sits on the Food, Drink & Agriculture board of Opportunity North East. Stuart joined DYW as he is passionate about helping young people get the right start in life and to ensure they are career ready when they leave school. He feels business has a huge part to play in aiding schools to achieve this.
Neil’s first ‘proper’ job was as a seasonal sales assistant in a Aberdeen record shop. Weeks later he became its Assistant Manager. A long-held ambition to become a public servant would eventually lead him to a nine year career in social housing, working for several regional housing providers. Passionate about education and keen to try teaching, Neil would subsequently apply for a vacancy at Banff and Buchan College and in December 1999 began working there as a lecturer in sociology. Over the following 13 years he held several posts within the college. At its inception, Neil joined North East Scotland College (NESCol) as vice principal and was, over time, to hold senior management responsibility for most of the college’s curriculum, business development and support-related areas. In December 2019, Neil became NESCol’s principal and chief executive. He remains a strong advocate for further education and continues to champion its ability to truly transform the life chances of many.
Jordan was appointed general manager of Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course in October 2018. Aged 29, he originally trained as a lawyer at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities before changing career path and heading into the world of hospitality. Prior to him landing the top job at Meldrum House he worked his way up the ranks with Q Hotels and the rebranded RBH Hotel Group. He was deputy manager of the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort before getting his first general manager role here in Aberdeenshire. Meldrum House is one of Scotland’s finest hotels with a stunning 18-hole parkland golf course and around 150 staff. It has won numerous accolades, most notably AA Hotel for the Year for Scotland and last year, Visit Scotland’s Most Hospitable Hotel. The golf course is ranked in Scotland’s top 100 by Golf World. Jordan has joined DYW because he wants to share his passion about the hospitality industry to young people and outline the opportunities that the industry presents not just in Scotland but globally.
Gerry has worked with the NHS for more than 25 years and is passionate about encouraging young people to consider a career in health care. She started in the NHS straight from school as an Administrative Trainee, before taking time out for education and a brief foray into the private sector. As Head of Workforce for NHS Grampian, she works closely with schools, colleges, universities to help identify and remove obstacles that can sometimes prevent young people from pursuing their interest in healthcare. Gerry and her team play a key role in ensuring the organisations 15,000+ staff have the right skills, in the right areas of Grampian, to make the biggest difference for our patients. Her role includes working across the North of Scotland and with other Boards and the Scottish Government. In addition to her work in development, she also has specific responsibility for Workforce Redesign which involves looking at new roles and more effective ways of working. In her own time Gerry enjoys being outdoors especially when the activities relate to the hills and lochs of Scotland.