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The work of SCIS is carried out by a small team of enthusiastic professionals, assisted when required by specialists, and overseen by the SCIS Board. The team is committed to serving the best interests of member schools.


Lorraine Davidson

Chief Executive

Lorraine joined SCIS from the Scottish Government where she held roles including: Head of Education Strategy, Head of vaccine oversight during the Covid rollout, and Head of European Engagement in the run up to Brexit. Lorraine was also Head of Communications at the Crown Office. She also had a career in the media working as a political correspondent for the BBC, STV, The Times and the Daily Mirror.

Alison Herbert

Deputy Director, External Relations

Alison joined SCIS as Deputy Director External Relations in November 2013. A former marketing manager at a large independent school she has worked in educational marketing for over 20 years. Alison relishes the diversity of her role but particularly enjoys working with colleagues in schools to promote and advance the sector. Alison is happy to help with any queries you may have.

Alison Newlands

Assistant Director, Finance & Research

Alison joined SCIS in November 2010 from Citizens Advice Scotland where she was a Project & ICT officer. Alison is responsible for all financial matters, Governing Board meetings, AGM and research, including pupil numbers and exam results. Alison is a chairing member of the Children’s Panel and Learning & Development Co-ordinator for the service. She has a BA in Childhood and Youth Studies.
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Kirsten Hamilton

Executive Officer

Kirsten joined the SCIS team in November 2017 from Citizens Advice Scotland where she was ICT Projects & Application Support. Kirsten is responsible for the coordination of professional learning events and conferences, as well as other aspects of member support.
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Sarah Sinclair

Head of Professional Learning

Prior to joining SCIS in April 2024, Sarah was Sub Warden Pastoral at Glenalmond College. She has previously held a number of roles including Teacher of Mathematics and Housemistress as well as serving as the Chair of the Independent Schools' Child Protection Committee in Perth and Kinross Council.

SCIS Governing Board

The SCIS Governing Board comprises the Chair, and Governors, Heads and Bursars elected by the member schools, as follows:

Mr. Barry McMaster
Honorary Treasurer
Mr. Mark Becher
The Compass School, Haddington
Mr. Gavin Calder
Lathallan School, Johnshaven
Mr. Guy Cartwright
The Edinburgh Academy, Edinburgh
Mr. Nathan Davies
Albyn School, Aberdeen
Head of Junior School
Mr. Paul Fairclough
George Heriot's School, Edinburgh
Head of Senior School
Mrs. Yvonne McCracken
Gordonstoun, Elgin
Mr. George Salmond
George Watson’s College, Edinburgh
Head of Junior School
Mr. Anthony Simpson
ESMS, Edinburgh
Principal of ESMS
Miss. Anna Tomlinson
St Margaret’s School for Girls, Aberdeen
Mr. Peter Worlledge
Fettes College, Edinburgh
Ms. Margaret McMahon
Hamilton College,
Mr. Anthony Glasgow
Strathallan, Perthshire
Mrs. Clare Smith
Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen
Head of Senior School
Mr. Mark Mortimer
Glenalmond College, Perth
Mr. Shoeb Sarguroh
Al-Qalam, Glasgow
Executive Head
Mr. Kieron O'Brien
East Park, Glasgow
Executive Director