Senior Team

The Senior Management Team at West Lothian College is responsible for the overall management of the College. The team is led by the Principal and Chief Executive Officer and reports directly to the Board of Governors. 

View our Senior Management Team below:

Jackie Galbraith - Principal and CEO

After achieving a BSc Computer Information Systems, Jackie began her career as a computer programmer in the manufacturing sector. She moved onto the University of Paisley as a computing lecturer and was an early pioneer in online learning, a role she developed further when she became director of learning at the Scottish Council for Educational Technology.

As assistant chief executive at Learning and Teaching Scotland, she led national government digital initiatives for schools. Jackie took up a vice principal post at Ayrshire College in 2013, where her responsibilities included information systems and data analytics. She became principal of West Lothian College in August 2018.

Throughout her career, she has retained a passion for addressing the gender imbalance in technology and engineering, leading initiatives like "This Ayrshire Girl Can".

 

Jennifer McLaren - Vice Principal, Finance & Curriculum Services


Jennifer McLaren has responsibility for the financial performance of the College and for developing strategies which contribute to financial sustainability. Jennifer also has responsibility for the strategic development and management of the College's ICT and Systems infrastructure, for development and implementation of the capital investment and estates strategy and health and safety. Jennifer leads on organisational wellbeing and climate change and ensures value for money in relation to investment in staff, infrastructure and the College estate.


Simon Earp - Vice Principal, Curriculum and Enterprise


Simon Earp has responsibility for management and development of the College’s commercial portfolio and the promotion of the College’s strategic role and contribution to local and national economic development and growth. Simon is the lead for maintaining and developing external partnerships and relationships with key local and national stakeholders to support delivery of the College Regional Aims and Outcomes. In delivering these responsibilities he has oversight of the commercial, marketing and international, work force development and external engagement teams

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George Hotchkiss - Vice Principal, Curriculum & Planning

George Hotchkiss has strategic responsibility for curriculum planning, academic quality, effectiveness of learning and teaching across College, and development of the regional outcome agreement as well as line management responsibility for academic centres. George takes a led role in relation to community planning and represents the college on a number of groups and bodies. George has responsibility for complaints management, and safeguarding (including Prevent activities) and should be contacted in relation to these.


Colin Miller - Head of External Engagement


Colin is responsible for developing the STEM (Science, Technology,Engineering and Mathematics) education and training agenda across the College. This leads to a significant level of stakeholder engagement such as working with Schools, Universities, Employers and other Colleges. Colin also works closely with College staff to identify, promote and develop opportunities for learners in STEM subjects, leading to a huge range of career opportunities.

Employer engagement underpins all that we do since our main role is to prepare learners for their vocational careers, and consequently for the workplace. This cannot be done effectively without a significant involvement with employers.


Jenny Stalker - Head of Quality & Learner Services


Jenny leads and manages a dedicated team of staff who work on the whole student journey, from admissions through to certification. She is also responsible for the partnership College’s work with the Student Association.

Jenny works closely with staff and students across the College to continuously improve the quality of our service and the overall student experience. She works collaboratively with the Student Association Sabbatical Officers and Class Ambassadors to ensure our students have a strong voice that is heard and acted upon.

Jenny has strategic responsibility for evaluating and improving the quality of learning and teaching practice and for reporting on quality, equalities and curriculum performance to the Board of Governors, Education Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council. She is also responsible for ensuring staff are professionally developed and well supported to deliver high quality learning and teaching.

Jenny also sits on a diverse range of steering groups and committees with College Development Network and the Scottish Qualifications Authority. She is an Associate Assessor with Education Scotland and is an approved EFQM assessor with Quality Scotland.