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 Nolan – member representative
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.
Jim Goodfellow – employer representative
From school, Jim completed an apprenticeship in engineering before studying for A levels at evening classes and then going on to University. He taught in secondary schools and the University sector until his retirement in 2007. He was elected as Councillor for the North Berwick Coastal Ward to East Lothian Council in 2012 and since then has served on the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) Resources and Capacities Committee, taking a particular interest in pensions. It’s Jim’s firm belief that all workers should have access to adequate pensions after the official retirement age.
Stephen Uphill – employer representative
Stephen is a CIMA qualified accountant with many years' experience in financial leadership roles and professional consultancy across both the public and private sectors. Stephen has broad experience across various support services such as Finance, HR and Procurement and is passionate about optimising organisational performance and value for money.
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.
Debbie Walls – employer representative
Debbie is a Chartered member of the CIPD and has recently joined COSLA where she works as a Policy Manager in the Employers' function. Debbie's role involves working with the Teachers' workforce to deliver national outcomes on pay and conditions. Prior to working for COSLA Debbie spent 9 years as the Employee Relations and Policy manager for Tesco Bank where she supported the Trade Union consultation on the closure of the Defined Benefit Pension Scheme and opening of the new Defined Contribution Scheme. Debbie also spent 17 years working for Aegon in Finance and Investment support roles before becoming an HR Consultant.
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.
Graham Nicol – employer representative
Graham has been an elected member of Dumfries and Galloway Council since 2007, representing Mid Galloway and Wigtown West End Ward. Since his election, Graham has been a constant member of the Council Pension Committee, and also spent a period of time as the Chair of the committee.
During his career, prior to being elected as a councillor, Graham was self-employed as a farmer and retail shop owner.
Clair Ramage – employer representative
Clair was a class teacher at Hawick High School for 34 years, retiring 6 years ago as a Faculty Head of Art, Design, Enterprise and School of Ambition. After taking early retirement Clair and a colleague set up an educational consultancy business called 'Creative Fashion'. The company was employed by Selkirk High School to present a fashion course to pupils who needed to develop practical skills and confidence. Clair was elected Councillor for Hawick and Denholm in 2017 and also works in the third sector at Burnfoot Community Hub, helping to work and engage with disadvantaged students and young people isolated in their community. In 2013 Clair set up the Scottish Borders WASPI group (Women Against State Pension Injustice) and they are supported by a cross party group of MSPs and MPs.
Vacancy – employer representative
Vacancy – employer representative
Vacancy – employer representative
Vacancy – employer representative
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