Accreditation Committee Members

Accreditation Committee members come from training and industry; their input helps us ensure that we meet the needs of Scottish industry and those tasked with delivering SQA accredited qualifications.

Read more about our AC members below.

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Carole Wilkinson

Accreditation Committee Convenor

Carole is a social worker by profession and has spent over 30 years working in the public sector in England and in Scotland. Her career has included social work practice, managing a range of social services, and teaching social workers and social care staff in higher education.

Most recently, she oversaw the establishment of the Scottish Social Services Council — the body that regulates social service workers and their education and training.

She has contributed to the development of workforce strategies for the care sector at the request of Scottish Government, participated in the Social Work Review set up by Scottish Ministers, and undertaken lead roles in examining the workforce needs of staff in older people’s services and residential child care.

She has a particular commitment to the development of front-line staff and ensuring the qualifications for this group of staff are flexible and equip them to do their jobs in challenging times.

Valerie Mann

Vice Convenor

Val originally joined Bank of Scotland, in the Mortgage Department, in 1983. After a move to England for a short period, Val returned to Edinburgh in 1989 to begin a career as a Scottish Law Accountant working in a series of large Edinburgh law firms. This was followed by a move to the Legal Office of the NHS in Scotland to run the Law Accountants and IT department in 1993.

Val joined Lloyds Banking Group as the Resource Manager for the Intelligent Finance, IT Department in 2001, progressing to the Group Change Management department, the core Change function for the Bank, as the Head of Operations in 2006.

As Head of Operations, Val oversees, operationalises and embeds key risk and regulatory policies, HR-related strategies, business performance measurement and colleague communications.

During her time with Group Change Management Val has piloted the Go4IT initiative which is designed to encourage young females into a career in IT.  She also led an internal programme to recycle and re-use unused IT hardware. This programme has generated savings of £2–3m per annum for the Bank.

Martin Hunter

Martin represents the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) on the Accreditation Committee. 

Martin retired from a management position at BT in December 2000, after 26 years with the company.  He is currently the owner of MH Training and recruitment and CEO of HH Contact Services Ltd, a contact centre in Prestwick.

Martin is involved with a number of committees: he is as a member of the FSB Scottish Policy Committee, Chairman of FSB Ayrshire, Vice Chairman of West of Scotland Regional FSB Committee, member of the Ayrshire Tourism Partnership, and of the Ayrshire Economic Forum.

Paul Campbell

Paul began his career as an apprentice in the water industry in 1993 where he worked in water industry operations for seven years before he moved on to become a technical skills trainer and SVQ  Assessor in 2000. Paul then moved into organisational development (OD) in 2002 as an internal OD consultant within Scottish Water.  He is now Scottish Water’s Skills Development Manager.

Paul also represents the Scottish water industry on the Water Industry Skills Steering Group (WISSG) with responsibilities for identifying national skills priorities, projects and policy arrangements for the UK water industry.

Sheena Greco

Sheena Greco is an Education Projects Manager with NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and has a background in secondary education. She began her career as an English teacher, working in Finland and Canada before moving into educational management. During her career, Sheena has worked in secondary curriculum development for Education Scotland and is the author of several leading language textbooks.

Sheena worked in Leadership and Management development within City of Edinburgh Authority from 2006 to 2008. During this time, she was responsible for establishing a Leadership and Management framework and coaching development programme.

Sheena worked for SQA as a Qualifications Development Consultant within the Curriculum for Excellence team from 2009 to 2013.

In her current role, Sheena leads on the education and development of Healthcare Support Workers including NHS Scotland Modern Apprenticeship programmes. 

Janet Brown

Janet took up post as Chief Executive of SQA in 2007. Since then she has worked closely with the Executive Team and Board of Management to refocus the activities of SQA as it plays its part in ensuring that Scotland has a high quality, flexible, forward-looking qualifications system able to adapt to the ever-changing needs of its society and economy.

Prior to this, Janet was Managing Director of Industries at Scottish Enterprise. She joined Scottish Enterprise in January 2000 after 19 years working in the private sector in the United States.

Janet has extensive experience in science research and technology as well as business management acquired in her previous positions with Motorola, SEMATECH and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Born in Sheffield, Janet holds a BSc in Physics and a PhD in Physical Metallurgy & Materials Science, both awarded by the University of Birmingham. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Governor of the Glasgow School of Art.

David Abernethy

David has been with the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) since 1986. He started as a Prison Officer and has since held senior management positions in Barlinnie, HM Inspectorate of Prisons and in SPS HQ. He has also been the Governor of Inverness and Shotts prisons.

From January 2012 to December 2013 David was Head of Training and Development for the SPS. He oversaw the design, development, delivery and evaluation of all training for SPS personnel and some partner agencies and other organisations. This consisted of recruit training, role transition training, technical training, and leadership and management development. This included the SVQ Level 3 in Custodial Care for all new Prison Officers and the pilot of the SVQ Level 4 in Managing in the Custodial Environment for Residential Prison Officers.

In December 2013 David was appointed Deputy Director of Operations for SPS and in that capacity he line managed Senior Managers in SPS including 5 Governors. He was also responsible for policy development and operational delivery and training in the operational setting. In September 2015 David took up the post of Governor at HMP Low Moss. Low Moss was opened in 2012 and is a flagship SPS establishment for partnership working and asset based case management underpinned by the professionalisation of the role of prison officer. As a middle manager in SPS in the mid-1990s David successfully completed an SVQ Level 5 in Management.

Roger Stewart

Roger Stewart is a change delivery and organisational development consultant, having recently retired from the Army.

During his 37 years military service, he deployed on operations and delivered civil engineering projects throughout the world. More recently he commanded a recruit training unit and as a staff officer he contributed to: improvements in Army talent management and succession planning; defence personnel strategy; and skills development arrangements for reserve service personnel and their civilian employers. He was involved heavily in developing Army leadership and skills development strategy.

Roger has extensive experience of organisational development and the management of change in the public sector. In 2013 he was honoured with OBE for his contribution to Army restructuring. He continues to conduct reviews of large public sector change programmes on behalf of UK and Scottish Governments and to work with the Ministry of Defence in restructuring its arrangements to integrate the management and development of its military and civilian workforce.

Throughout his military career Roger studied part-time: for an Honours Degree in Computing and Information Technology; a Masters in Business Administration; and to progress within the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, of which he is a Chartered Fellow. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Member of the Institute of Business Consulting and of the Institute of Royal Engineers.

Ken Thomson

Dr Ken Thomson was appointed Principal of Forth Valley College on 1 August 2013. He has a degree in Zoology from Nottingham University and received his PhD in Veterinary Entomology from Edinburgh University in 1986.

Following eight years in the Countryside Ranger Service, the latter as Senior Ranger with the Livingston Development Corporation, Ken then moved to Falkirk College in 1994 as a Lecturer in Countryside Management before becoming Senior Lecturer in Life Sciences where he led a four college consortium in developing a £1.5 million technical training project for biotechnology.

He became Head of Science (2001), then Director of Learning Services (2003) before becoming Associate Principal (2005) at Forth Valley College and Depute Principal from 2007 with strategic responsibility for the college’s future curriculum, school–college partnership, quality assurance and learning innovation.

From 2000 to 2006, Ken was HMIe Associate Assessor for Science. He is a member of the College Leadership CPD Group, and is a former Board Member of Learning and Teaching Scotland.  He continues to be involved in Stirling’s Community Planning Partnership leading on employability and skills. Ken is a fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Jenny Rees

Jenny is developing a second career in interim management and consultancy having previously served as Vice-Principal (Academic Quality and Customer Service) at Edinburgh Napier University from 2006 to 2011.

Before that she worked at Glasgow Caledonian University and prior to that at Bell College, the Scottish College of Textiles and the University of Edinburgh. Her early career was in the brewing industry.

In the early 1990s she was a member of the Howie Committee, established by the Secretary of State for Scotland to consider the curriculum and examinations in the fifth and sixth years of Scottish secondary schools.

She has been a moderator and verifier with SCOTVEC and served on SQA’s HN Key Partners Group. From 2003 to 2005 she was a member of the Scottish Further Education Funding Council and from 2005 to 2007 of the Scottish Funding Council for Further and Higher Education. She has been a member of the Quality Committee of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership. Recent roles in England have developed her understanding of differing education policy and practice within the UK.