Meet Current Board Members and Chairs
Amanda Bryan, Board Chair Crown Estate Scotland
Amanda Bryan is a Chartered Forester with qualifications in marine resource management and electrical and electronic engineering. She is based in the Highlands, near Beauly.
Amanda has extensive experience in rural and community development and stakeholder engagement. She currently holds two other public appointments as Forestry Commissioner for Scotland, chairing the Forestry Commission’s National Committee for Scotland and as a Board Member for Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Amanda is also Chair of the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust and a part-time lecturer at the Scottish School of Forestry, Inverness College University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).
Andrew Thin, Board Chair Scottish Land Commission and Scottish Canals
Andrew Thin has over thirty years of experience in leadership roles in the public, private and third sectors. He coordinated the work of the Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review and the Wild Fisheries Legislation Review in 2014. His previous public sector roles have included Crofters Commissioner, Chair of the Cairngorms National Park Authority, Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage, and Chief Executive of Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise. Andrew is also Chair of Scottish Canals, a public corporation.
Carmel Teusner, Board Member Scottish Enterprise
Carmel Teusner has a background in organisational development and brings global business experience spanning a broad range of industries and sectors.
Carmel has held senior management roles in FTSE 100 and ASX 100 companies including Westpac, Lloyds Banking Group and Sky. She was most recently Group Head of Organisational Development for UGL, one of Australia’s leading engineering and outsourced services companies and has experience of a range of business challenges from start-up, strategy development, expansion, consolidation, acquisition, integration and divestment.
Carmel is also a member of the Ofcom Advisory Committee for Scotland and a member of the Board of Trustees for charity Disability Snowsport UK. She holds an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from University of London and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.
Dr Gaener Rodger, Board Member NHS Highland and Cairngorms National Park Authority
Dr Gaener Rodger has a background in academic research, business development, professional training and working with young people. Gaener is also the Chair of the Highland Children's Forum.
Gaener also currently works for Waverley Care as a sessional worker within the Wave Highland team, delivering sexual health and relationships education to young people in Highland. She volunteers with Girlguiding Inverness-shire as a Rainbow and Brownie Leader and helps support other adult leaders in her role as District Commissioner.
George Walker, Board Chair Scottish Housing Regulator
George Walker is an experienced Chair, Non-Executive Director and Corporate Executive. He graduated from the University of Glasgow, and has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh. Over his corporate career George has worked in the pharmaceutical industry and latterly the fund management business. George has worked in the U.K. and extensively overseas, living and working in New York for 7 years prior to returning to Edinburgh.
George served three terms as Non-Executive Director of NHS Lothian. George Chaired the Finance and Resources Committee overseeing the governance of capital projects such as the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and an annual budget of some £1.5 billion. George was a member of the Remuneration and Acute Hospitals Committees. He Chaired the Integration Joint Board, leading on health and social care integration in Edinburgh, in its set up phase. George has long supported Charitable organisations in the UK and overseas. He was formerly a Trustee and Chair of the Finance & Investment Committee of the Edinburgh & Lothian’s Health foundation and is currently a Trustee and Treasurer of Waverley Care, Scotland's HIV and Hep C charity.
Dr Kate Broughton, Board Member Scottish Natural Heritage
Dr. Kate Broughton has thirty years of energy research and consulting experience in the private sector. She currently manages a portfolio of non-executive, advisory and volunteer work, with a focus on sustainable development and effective corporate processes and governance. Kate has extensive experience of the global energy industry, having worked at Edinburgh-based Wood Mackenzie. She was closely involved with the growth of the company, developing several of its world-leading digital products for the private and public sectors.
Kate is on the Board of Scottish Natural Heritage and chairs its Audit and Risk Committee. She provides advisory services to Edinburgh Innovation, the University of Edinburgh’s office for entrepreneurship. She is Chair of Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust.
Kate has a geology degree from the University of Nottingham and was awarded PhD by Sheffield University in 1991.
Dr Kirsty Darwent, Board Chair Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Dr Kirsty Darwent took up office as Chair of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on 11 December 2017. Joining the Board at its inception in 2012 as a Member, and appointed as Deputy Chair in 2015, Kirsty has played a vital role in developing the strategic direction of the Service and has led on establishing effective and transparent governance arrangements. Kirsty has also been a driving force behind the vision for a transformed Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
Throughout a career spanning over 25 years, Kirsty has wide ranging leadership experience within the charitable and public sector and a professional background as a Chartered Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist. Kirsty has a substantive governance experience and is Chair of Relationships Scotland, a Director within the Family Therapy Training Network and the former Vice-Chair of the Board of NHS Ayrshire and Arran Director. She is committed to challenging discrimination and widening board diversity and is a coach and mentor with Changing the Chemistry.
Professor Melisa Terras, Board Member National Library of Scotland
Melissa Terras is the Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage at the University of Edinburgh‘s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, which she joined in October 2017, and Director of Research in the new Edinburgh Futures Institute, leading digital aspects of research within CAHSS at Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the use of computational techniques to enable research in the arts, humanities, and wider cultural heritage and information environment that would otherwise be impossible.
With a background in Classical Art History and English Literature (MA, University of Glasgow), and Computing Science (MSc IT with distinction in Software and Systems, University of Glasgow), her doctorate (Engineering, University of Oxford) examined how to use advanced information engineering technologies to interpret and read Roman texts. She is an Honorary Professor of Digital Humanities in University College London (UCL) Department of Information Studies, where she was employed from 2003-2017, Honorary Professor in UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, which she directed 2012-2017, and previously Vice Dean of Research in UCL’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities (2014-2017).
Dr Martin Toye, Board Member Scottish Children's Reporter Administration
Martin Toye is a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Before undertaking a PhD in Psychology he trained as a Teacher and served as a Chairing member of the Children's Panel.
Martin has worked in three Local Authorities and three Scottish Universities. He was chief investigator on a Natinoal Research Ethics Service registered project as part of his PhD and held honorary contracts with two NHS Health Boards. He is an elected member of the Developmenal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society.