Who We Are
 (Chair) Principal
John Bowditch HMIe Education Scotland
Vikki Robertson Education Adviser (Professional Learning) GTCS
Dr Kevin Brosnan School of Education University of Stirling
Lesley Joyce Head of People & Services Scottish Qualifications Authority
Gus MacLeod Senior Policy Officer (Learning, Governance and Sustainability) Scottish Funding Council
Jim O'Donovan City of Glasgow College (EIS)
Garry Cameron (Secretariat) Manager College Development Network
Barbara Slater (Administrator Secretariat) Administrator College Development Network


John Bowditch
HM Inspector of Education
Education Scotland
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Professional areas of interest

Learning and teaching; quality improvement and enhancement.

Why am I on the PLDF Scotland?

John has worked in the college sector for over 25 years and held posts in Cardonald, James Watt and Anniesland Colleges before joining HMIE in 2004.  He now works as a HM Inspector of Education for Education Scotland whom he represents on the PLDF.  He brings first hand experience of observing the practice and considering the outcomes of learning and teaching in colleges across Scotland.  He was involved in the previous review of initial standards for teaching in colleges and the accompanying CPD standards.  He was also involved in the validation panels for the resulting PDAs and units and the re-validation of TQ(FE) by teacher education institutions.
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Dr Kevin Brosnan
School of Education
University of Stirling
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Kevin Brosnan is responsible for the Access to Degree Studies programme and the Teaching Qualification for Further Education (TQFE) programme.  He undertook his own teacher education (further education) course at Huddersfield Polytechnic before teaching business and IT at Manchester City College subsequently joining Manchester Polytechnic as a Lecturer in Business Information Technology.  Since 2000 he has been a teaching fellow at the University of Stirling.  During his time at Stirling he worked closely with four local colleges as project manager for the JISC funded ‘Learning to Learn’ project. 

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Gus MacLeod
Senior Policy Officer, Learning Governance & Sustainability
Scottish Funding Council
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Gus worked in the university sector in Scotland for twelve years before taking a career break to do two postgraduate degrees.  On joining the Scottish Funding Council in 2001, he worked as Head of Secretariat and then Head of Corporate Governance before moving in 2011 to become a Senior Policy Officer with responsibility for, among other things, architecture of frameworks; qualifications; credit transfer; records of achievement; transitions; response to European and international structures and commitments; public information and staff development, particularly as this contributes to the quality of the learning experience.
Lesley Joyce
Head of People & Services
Qualifications Development Directorate
Scottish Qualifications Authority
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I joined SQA, in 1998 and have held various posts within Qualifications Directorate and Business Development Directorate.

My current role as Head of People & Services Team within the Qualifications Development Directorate is to lead a team of Qualifications Managers and Officers to ensure the development and maintenance of fit for purpose qualifications and support materials for the following occupational and curriculum areas:
  • Health & Social Care
  • Learning & Development, Community & Youth Work, Advice, Guidance & Counselling
  • Legal & Justice Services
  • Security Industries
  • Hospitality & Catering
  • Travel, Tourism & Leisure
  • Retail,  Distribution and Transportation
  • Landbased Industries
  • Social Sciences and Social Subjects
As the national awarding body, SQA offers a full range of qualifications across the SCQF covering all the functions of staff employed within the college sector.  My role as a member of PLDF Scotland will allow SQA to ensure that we provide qualifications which will address the development and ongoing CPD needs of all college staff.
Garry Cameron (Secretariat)
College Development Network
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Garry has over twenty years educational experience as a secondary school teacher and lecturer.  He joined College Development Network (formerly SFEU) in 2005 and is now a Manager.  In this role his main areas of responsibility are:  Learning Process, Professional Learning, Safeguarding, Learning materials development and working with young learners in college.  Garry has responsibility for providing the secretariat function of the Professional Learning and Development Forum Scotland.
Barbara Slater (Administrator Secretariat)
College Development Network
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The PLDF is working to secure representation from all the regional colleges.  This will take place over the next few months as regional colleges finalise the structures and organisational systems.  We are looking forward to expanding the membership.