Scheme advisory board
The Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme Advisory Board provides advice to Scottish Ministers on a broad range of policy matters relating to the pension scheme.
The Board is chaired on a rotational, tri-partite basis (Scottish Government/Union/COSLA) drawn from the Board’s membership. The board has 12 member representatives, 12 employer representatives and other members representing the interests of the Scottish Government. The current members are:
Greg Dempster – member representative
As General Secretary of The Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland for over ten years, Greg has had a keen interest in the Scottish Teachers’ Superannuation Scheme. He has participated in meetings on the development and reform of the scheme for many years through membership of the Management Advisory Group and, more recently, as a member of the Scottish Teachers’ Pensions Negotiating Group and its technical sub-group.
Neil Shaw – member representative
Neil has been involved in education since 1959. He started teaching in 1977, after graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Glasgow. His 10 years as a maths teacher were followed by 6 years as a Principal teacher in maths, in two different schools. He moved to the post of Assistant Head Teacher at Boclair Academy in 1993, and followed that with 4 years as Headteacher at Broxburn Academy. Neil’s final post, prior to retirement was as Headteacher at Boclair Academy, where he worked for 11 years before retiring in August 2013. Neil joined the Headteachers’ Association Scotland in 1996 and became a Council member in 2004. In 2009, he was elected Treasurer of School Leaders Scotland (SLS) and subsequently became president of the association in 2011. From 2009 until the present day he has represented SLS on a number of national working parties and was its representative on the Scottish Teachers’ Pension Negotiating Group. In September 2014 Neil was appointed to the post of Field Officer for SLS – a post he still holds.
Des Morris – member representative
Des has been a class teacher in East Renfrewshire for 18 years and is currently seconded full-time to the EIS as the Local Association Secretary for East Renfrewshire. He’s a member of the Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme, convenor of the EIS Salaries Committee and joint chair of the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers. He also holds the position of joint chair of East Renfrewshire Local Negotiating Committee for Teachers, and is an elected teacher representative on East Renfrewshire Council’s Education Committee.
Louise Wilson – member representative
Louise is currently the Assistant Secretary (Employment Relations) with the EIS. Her remit includes pensions and she reports to the EIS Salaries Committee which has responsibility for pensions policy. Louise is also responsible for the department which provides advice on pension issues to 55,000 members, the majority of whom are members of the Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme. Before working for the EIS, Louise was a member of the Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme.
Dave Wilkinson – member representative
Dave is currently an NASUWT National Negotiating official, leading for the NASUWT on pension matters across the UK, including negotiations on the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) reform in Scotland, Northern Ireland and England & Wales. He is NASUWT representative on the STPS NG Technical Sub-group, the Department for Education TPS Discussion Forum and the Department for Education Northern Ireland’s Teachers’ Superannuation Consultative Committee.
He has also recently been appointed to the England and Wales TPS Pension Board as a scheme member representative. Dave regularly delivers pension briefings to Scottish Teachers about current Scottish Teachers’ Superannuation Scheme (STSS) benefits and the reformed STPS (Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme). Dave leads on NASUWT responses to Scottish Government and SPPA pension consultations, alongside UK pension consultations. This includes NASUWT responses to HM Treasury consultations on the Directions for the ‘as at 2016’ valuation of the STSS. Dave served as an English teacher in Derby schools for 28 years before being appointed as an NASUWT National Official. He also served on the NASUWT National Executive for eleven years, where he chaired the Union’s National Pensions Committee.
Mary Senior – member representative
Mary is the Scotland Official for the University and College Union, the largest trade union in post-16 education in the UK, and the largest union representing lecturers in higher education in Scotland. She has held this post since September 2009 and is responsible for the bargaining, industrial and organising priorities of the union in Scotland. Prior to taking up the posts with UCU, she was an Assistant Secretary with the Scottish Trades Union Congress for six years with wide ranging responsibilities including education, equality and international policy matters.
Mary has also worked for Unison Scotland in its policy and information team and for the GMB union. She has been involved in pensions negotiations, including the recent Scottish Teachers’ Superannuation Scheme, ensuring members in higher education institutions are effectively represented in discussions, and that members in universities are kept fully informed of developments. UCU also has members covered by the Universities Superannuation Scheme, and so Mary has knowledge of this scheme and how it operates, and has been involved in campaigning and working with members and employers in the scheme changes. As a trade union official, she provides advice to members about their pensions and changes affecting them. Mary’s background in equality work is helpful in terms of understanding and addressing the way pension provisions impact on different groups.
Euan Duncan – member representative
After a period working in financial services in a high street bank, Euan trained as an RE teacher in 1994 before undertaking further training in 2000 to become a Principal Teacher of Pastoral Support. Since he began his teaching career, Euan has contributed to the STSS. He is the SSTA’s North Ayrshire District Secretary, and in recent years has been a member of the SSTA National Executive, and also Convenor of the Salaries and Conditions of the Service Committee. Euan was SSTA President for 2015/2017, and in May 2017 he became immediate Past President for a period of two years.
Fiona Dalziel – member representative
Fiona Dalziel joined the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association (SSTA) as a Professional Officer in August 2007 and was appointed Deputy General Secretary in August 2014. She was a member of the previous Management Advisory Group and has been the representative for the SSTA on the Teachers’ Pension Scheme Negotiating Group since its inception.
John Edward – member representative
John is the Director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools, with overall responsibility for the services to member schools, regulatory bodies, Government, Parliament, families, the media and the wider public. Since 2010, John has sat on the Management Advisory Group and subsequently on the Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme Negotiating Group. He also sat on the Scottish Teachers’ Superannuation Scheme Technical Working Group that looked at day-to-day aspects of the current scheme. Prior to this post, John was Head of the European Parliament’s Office in Scotland.
Michael Dolan – member representative
Michael has been a chemistry teacher working in West Dunbartonshire since 1978 and is now on phased retirement. He has been an active member of the EIS since 1978 and is currently the joint Local Association Secretary for West Dunbartonshire.
Stephen Stewart – member representative
Stephen currently works for the EIS as a Pensions and Payroll Specialist. He has over 30 years' experience in Academic and Consultancy environments and has worked for a range of organisations such as HAYS, West Lothian College, the Forestry Commission and SRUC Edinburgh. Stephen has expertise in many areas including Payroll, Pensions, HR Systems, Project Management, Employee Relations, Recruitment and Learning and Development.
Dougie Atkinson – member representative
Dougie is the Senior Professional Officer for Voice the Union and will be their representative on the Scottish Teachers’ Scheme Advisory Board.
Dougie has over 30 years’ experience of working as a civil servant for the Scottish Government in the fields of Education and HR. He also has more than five years’ experience as a trade union official.
Archie MacIver – employer representative
Archie is a chartered accountant with more than 25 years’ industry experience across a range of sectors.
In the early 2000s, while working for West of Scotland Water, Archie was heavily involved in their collaboration with the other Scottish water companies leading to the merger creating Scottish Water.
Archie also spent many years at Clydesdale Bank in a number of senior finance roles during a period of great change, culminating in the demerger from NAB and listing on the Stock Exchange as an independent bank.
Archie joined the University of West Scotland as Head of Finance in March 2020, becoming Director of Finance in January 2021. Archie is passionate about maintaining the financial sustainability of the University and maximising investment in students and believes that all employees should have the confidence that they will have to access adequate pension provision.
Andy Witty – employer representative
Andy has worked in the public and charity sectors for over 20 years. He is currently working for Colleges Scotland (the membership body for all colleges in Scotland), with responsibility for finance issues related to teachers’ pension. He was also a member of the Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme Negotiating Group. In his previous role for COSLA, Andy was a member of the Negotiating Group responsible for overseeing financial aspects on behalf of local authorities. As such, he was fully involved in the negotiations on scheme design and governance arrangements of the new Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme. Andy also has wider experience of working in partnership and exercising judgement at a senior level, while understanding appropriate governance arrangements and respecting decision making processes. He’s a clear communicator and has demonstrated his ability to challenge for benefit and to think strategically. Andy also has the ability to assimilate information on complex issues, including direct experience of critically looking at actuarial information and valuations.
Simon Cameron – employer representative
Simon has worked in Scottish Local Government for 17 years with roles covering vocational education, equality and diversity, organisational development, complaints and community engagement. During this time he has been involved with a range of national groups including the advisory group for the development of Scotland’s National Plan for Human Rights and the Blue Badge Working Group. He has chaired both the Scottish Councils Equality Network and the National Complaints Handling Network. As Chief Officer for the Employers’ team at COSLA he is joint secretary for both the Scottish Joint Council and Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers and is responsible for national bargaining for the local government workforce.
Phil Doggart – employer representative
Phil was elected as one of the three councillors in the Colinton/Fairmilehead Ward of Edinburgh in 2017. Phil is also an actuary and has spent most of his career working in pensions, concentrating on defined benefit schemes. Part of this has included time spent working on the Local Government Pension Scheme.
Phil will be representing COSLA on the Scheme Advisory Board.
David Parker – employer representative
David is currently the Convenor of the Scottish Borders Council, a Non-Executive Director of NHS Borders and Chairman of the Scottish Borders Council Pension Fund.
David is a graduate of Heriot Watt University and has been an elected Local Government Councillor since 1995. He was Depute Leader of Scottish Borders Council from 2002-03, then Leader of the Scottish Borders Council from 2003-2017. He also held the position of Leader of the Independent Members within convention of Scottish Local Authorities form 2007-2014. Along with this, David has previous experience as a Freelance IT consultant and as a Special Needs Technology Adviser at Heriot Watt University.
Cllr Alastair Forsyth – employer representative
Alastair is currently a Councillor with Aberdeenshire Council. After nine successful years of military service, Alastair joined the financial services sector where he enjoyed an 18 year career finishing as a Senior Financial Planning Consultant with the Royal Bank of Scotland. During this time Alastair was concerned with pension systems and spent many years lecturing on the features, advantages and benefits of funded and unfunded schemes. His work was primarily to make people aware of the best use of these systems to secure strong and reliable financial outcomes in retirement.
Cllr David Richardson – employer representative
Councillor Richardson's career in Banking & Financial Services has spanned some 35 years since joining Clydesdale Bank straight from school in the late 1980s. He currently works for AVIVA where a broad understanding of Pensions has been gained over the last few years and he holds several banking and investment Professional Qualifications. He is currently a local Councillor with East Ayrshire Council representing WARD 2 North Kilmarnock.
Cllr Frances Murray – employer representative
Cllr Murray was born and brought up in Stornoway in the Western Isles. Following University in Glasgow, she spent 35 years working in education, first as a teacher of English in Castlebay Community School in Barra, then in a number of promoted posts in The Nicolson Institute in Stornoway, and finally as Rector of that school, from 2011-2022. Throughout her teaching career Cllr Murray was involved, first as a teaching union representative and then as a manager, in collective decision making and negotiation. Her Education Doctorate focused on educational language and discourse, and communication around public policy. After retiring in 2022, Cllr Murray was subsequently elected as a local councillor to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) and is a member of the Policy & Resources Committee, the Education Committee and the Human Resources Sub Committee.
Vacancy – employer representative
Minutes and Agendas
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Agenda - 27 September 2022
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Minutes - 27 September 2022
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Minutes - 7 June 2022
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Agenda - 7 June 2022
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Minutes - 21 February 2022
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Agenda - 21 February 2022
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Minutes - 7 October 2021
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Agenda - 7 October 2021
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Minutes - 24 May 2021
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Agenda - 24 May 2021
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Minutes - 29 March 2021
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Agenda - 29 March 2021
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Minutes - 4 March 2021
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Agenda - 4 March 2021
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Minutes - 3 September 2020
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Agenda - 3 September 2020
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Minutes - 24 February 2020
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Agenda - 24 February 2020
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Minutes - 22 January 2020
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Agenda - 22 January 2020
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Minutes - 9 September 2019
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Agenda - 9 September 2019
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Agenda - 21 June 2019
- Teachers' Scheme Advisory Board Minutes - 21 June 2019
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