Hannah DuthieView my LinkedIn
Hannah graduated with a BA(Hons) in Public Relations from Robert Gordon University in 2016. Hannah was previously a Marketing Coordinator and has worked with a number of organisations across the North-east. She joined the DYW team in September 2018 and enjoys working with schools and businesses to help young people follow their dreams and fulfil their goals. 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. 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.
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.
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.
Steve Petrie (Chair)Read Bio
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Jackie MannRead Bio
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Allison Carrington (Vice 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.
Having been born and educated in Scotland, Liz began her career in HR within the retail industry before changing direction to follow a career in education. Liz has worked in both the English and the Scottish Further Education Sector, holding posts as Vice Principal in Kent and as Principal at an FE College in Bath, before returning to Scotland to take up a post as Principal at Borders College. After 10 very happy years in the Borders Liz has now moved to take up a new role as Principal of North East Scotland College. Liz was a member of the Board of Scotland’s Colleges from 2011 until 2013 and is now a member of the Board of Colleges Scotland and currently holds a role as Chair of the Colleges Principals Group.
Jackie Mann has over 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. She joined Proserv in May 2012 as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. She is responsible for the Human Resources function across all Proserv locations, setting the HR and L&D strategy to support the Proserv 5-year business plan and support the regional HR and L&D teams in delivering the operational business objectives. Prior to joining Proserv, Jackie was HR Director at Subsea 7 and she 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 has been involved with DYW since its launch in 2015 as a board member and Chairing the Career Pathways working group and remuneration panel.
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.
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.
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.
Richard SweetnamView my LinkedIn
Richard’s remit includes inward investment, international trade, business support & development, employability and funding & partnerships. He currently supports the delivery of a number of transformational projects highlighted in “Securing the Future of the North East Economy”, approved by the Council in 2015. Richard has had a key role in the developing Aberdeen City Region Deal working with private sector investors, public sector partners, and the UK and Scottish Governments. He represents the Council on a number of local, national and international networks, including the regional Economic Strategy Group, City Centre Masterplan Board, Scottish Cities Alliance and the World Energy Cities Partnership. He previously led development of the Borders Railway Economic Blueprint to secure major investment to the south east of Scotland; and Developing the Young Workforce Programme Board with Scottish Borders Council's Community Planning partners. He studied at Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and the University of Texas.
Since graduating 10 years ago from the Robert Gordon University, Stuart has spent much of his time working for Mackie’s of Scotland, in various 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. Stuart is also on the Food, Drink & Agriculture Board of Opportunity North East.
Allison Carrington (Vice Chair)View my LinkedIn
Allison started her career as a police officer in Aberdeen City in 1984. After having her family, Allison had a change in career 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. Allison 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 at the Universities of Bologna and Grenoble on the topic of career 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 North-east 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.