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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.


John Edward


John succeeded Judith Sischy as Director (CE) of SCIS in April 2010, having previously been Head of the European Parliament’s Office in Scotland for 6 years.  Prior to that he worked in Brussels, as EU Policy Manager for Scotland Europa in Brussels, and for the European Policy Centre.  He studied in St Andrews, Glasgow and Siena, before making his way back to Edinburgh – but is now Colombian by marriage…

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 15 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.

Margaret Lannon

Deputy Director, Education & Professional Learning

Prior to joining SCIS in January 2016, Margaret was a Depute at George Heriot’s School. Whilst Margaret’s key role is to lead and develop a vision for the professional learning strategy, she also represents SCIS at national level on a number of bodies including SCEL, GTCS, SQA and Scottish Government.

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.
When not keeping the SCIS staff on their toes, Alison is a chairing member of the Children’s Panel and Learning & Development Co-ordinator for the service. She is also working towards a BA in Childhood and Youth Studies.


SCIS Office Dog

Buster is the newest member of the SCIS team. When not sleeping under Alison Newland’s desk he particularly enjoys eating John’s shoes and shredding paperwork that has been left lying around!

SCIS Governing Board

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

Mr. Alan Hartley
Mrs. Jennifer Alexander
George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh
Bursar and Treasurer
Mr. Matthew Bartlett
St Aloysius College, Glasgow
Ms. Laura Battles
Donaldson’s, Linlithgow
Chief Executive
Mr. Mark Becher
The Compass School, Haddington
Mr. Mike Carslaw
St Leonards School, St Andrews
Mr. John Gilmour
Craigclowan Prep School, Perth
Mr. Jeremy Harper
The Edinburgh Academy, Edinburgh (Honorary Treasurer)
Financial Controller
Mr. Simon Johnson
Wellington School, Ayr
Ms. Elaine Logan
Glenalmond College, Perth
Mrs. Jacqui McInnes
The Glasgow Academy, Glasgow
Mr. Jonathan Molloy
Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools, Edinburgh
Ms. Pamela Muir
Gordonstoun, Elgin
Financial Director
Dr. Laura Murphy
Fernhill School, Glasgow
Mr. Simon Pengelley
High School of Glasgow, Loretto, Glasgow
Mr. Melvyn Roffe
George Watson’s College, Edinburgh
Mr. Melvyn Shanks
Belmont House School, Glasgow
Mr. Richard Toley
Lathallan School , Angus (Chair, FGP Committee)
Miss. Anna Tomlinson
St Margaret’s School for Girls, Aberdeen
Mr. Justin Wilkes
Dollar Academy, Clackmannanshire