Promoting better understanding of Europe and the wider world among our young citizens
SIR DAVID EDWARD (PATRON)
Sir David is a Scottish advocate and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1974. He served as Professor of European Institutions at the University of Edinburgh and then for fourteen years as a Judge in the European Court in Luxembourg. He was appointed a Knight of the Order of St Michael and St George in 2004 and sat as a temporary judge of the Court of Session until 2009. He is Professor Emeritus and Chairman of the Europa Institute at the University of Edinburgh, and has been Chairman of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland from 2003 until 2015. He is deeply committed to creating opportunities for young European citizens.
JOHN MULGREW OBE (CHAIRMAN)
John was Head Teacher of a Glasgow secondary school and subsequently held a number of senior education directorate appointments before being appointed as director of education and social services in East Ayrshire Council. He is past president of the association of directors of education in Scotland and has participated in many national reviews including Determined to Succeed,Teacher Education in Scotland and modern languages provision in Scottish schools. He chaired the Board of Learning and Teaching Scotland. He is a member of the Board of Scottish Opera and Scottish trusts. He was awarded the OBE for services to education in East Ayrshire.
JAMES IVORY C.A. (TREASURER)
James was an investment manager for Ivory and Sime from 1968-1981, when he co-founded Ivory and Co (which became Stewart Ivory & Co). He retired in 2001 and now runs the family farm, concentrating on woodlands. He has and interest both in education and in Europe, and has been the Treasurer of the Trust since 1993.
MOIRA FRIZZELL (COMPANY SECRETARY)
Moira recently retired as an Associate Principal from Stevenson College where she had responsibility for Early Education, Health and Social Care Training. She is committed to raising awareness, interest and understanding of European issues with both primary and secondary school pupils and the opportunity for pupils to have student exchange.
Dugald is International Development Manager with the West of Scotland Colleges’ Partnership. He has almost 30 years’ experience of creating , managing and monitoring European and transnational educational programmes in many countries, including some 4 years, in Brussels, managing the professional, technical and administrative support to the SOCRATES Programme.
Alison was formerly a Principal Teacher or German at Liberton High School and latterly taught French and German at St. George's School for Girls, Edinburgh, with particular interest in organising educational exchange visits in Europe, work experience abroad and in the European Youth Parliament. She has been involved with the Scottish Schools' Orchestra Trust and with SEET for many years.
DR. CHRISTINE FITTON
Before working as Scotland Director for Lifelong Learning UK until 2011, Christine managed Edinburgh’s Lifelong Learning Partnership, a charitable company promoting joint working by the lifelong learning sector to push forward the learning and social inclusion agendas. She now works as a freelance in lifelong learning.
A qualified teacher, she worked in Scotland’s colleges for 17 years before moving to local government where she ran the education department International Unit. In this role she promoted international education in schools and community learning and development. The Euroquiz was one of the successful joint ventures which she began.
John Edward was Head of the UK office of the European Parliament in Edinburgh from 2003 to 2009. Previously, John worked for eight years in Brussels; for 5 years in Scotland Europa as Policy Manager; in the European Policy Centre as personal assistant to Max Kohnstamm (first Secretary of the Coal and Steel Authority); and as an EC stagiaire. From 2002 to 2003 he was Parliamentary Manager for Scottish Enterprise. John is currently Director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools where, among other duties, he sits on the SQA Advisory Council.
Samantha Barber served as the Chief Executive of Scottish Business in the Community (SBC) for nine years and possesses management experience at business organizations that promote corporate social responsibility. She served as Director of Business for Scotland and as a Policy Advisor of the European Parliament in Brussels, where she worked for four years, focusing on the Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee. She serves as Vice-Chairman of the 2020 Group on Climate Change, as a member of Breakthrough Breast Cancer and was listed as one of the ‘Top 100 Women to Watch’ in the FTSE list compiled with Cranfield University in 2013.
Elaine has been Head Teacher at Balfron High School in Stirlingshire since January 2013. Previously, Elaine taught Physical Education in Inverclyde and enjoyed posts as Principal Teacher Guidance and Depute Head Teacher in East Dunbartonshire. An advocate of international education, Elaine is keen to support the strong links that have been forged at Balfron High School with partner schools in Villeneuve D’Ascq and Malawi. Balfron High is a regular supporter and participant in Our Europe.
Fhiona is Director of Scotland’s National Centre for Languages (SCILT) at the University of Strathclyde. A committed advocate for languages and international co-operation, Fhiona’s role is to lead a team that supports and promotes language learning in Scotland’s schools. As a former languages teacher, Fhiona recognises the importance of developing children and young people’s understanding of what it means to be a global citizen, thus equipping them with the skills to operate and communicate internationally.
Iain is an international and business strategy adviser, having worked until 2016 with SCDI - one of Scotland's leading economic development organisations, as both International Director and General Manager & Company Secretary. He has wide-ranging international experience and has personally managed over 40 trade missions to markets across five continents, including the first Scottish business delegations to a number of EU accession markets in Central & Eastern Europe. His responsibilities have also ranged across corporate governance, HR and project management. Earlier career appointments were with the Department of Trade & Industry and the Design Council based in London. Iain is a French graduate from University of Glasgow, and maintains a keen interest in languages, international affairs and cultures.