Sandra Cairncross (Chair)

Dr. Sandra Cairncross is Assistant Principal Student Experience at Edinburgh Napier University. Prior to appointment as Assistant Principal Student Experience, Dr Cairncross was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries, a post she held for seven years. Sandra brings a wealth of skills in women’s participation in engineering and on improving the learning experience of women in STEM subjects.

Rachel Adamson

Rachel is a Policy and Inclusion Officer at the Scottish Funding Council. She comes with experience of equality and diversity in universities and colleges and has recently been developing the SFC gender action plan.

Scott Reid Skinner

Scott is the Strategy and Policy Development Manager for Equal Opportunities for Scottish Enterprise. He has a wealth of experience in mainstreaming equalities into enterprise and services across Scotland and ensuring that diversity is across all aspects of SE’s work.

Shuwanna Aaron

Shuwanna is NUS Scotland’s Women’s Officer and formerly NUS Scotland’s Black Students’ Officer. Her priorities for her year in office are strengthening feminist activity and women’s groups across universities and colleges, tackling gender based violence and championing the needs of student parents.

Eileen Flanagan

Eileen is part of the Equality Policy Unit of the Scottish Government, she provides a national overview to the group on upcoming Government initiatives and policy areas which Equate Scotland should be involved in, as well as ensuring we are delivering against our funding bid.

Jill Collins

Jill is the Project Manager for the Women in STEM initiative at Sheffield Hallam University. She has been involved in the UK Resource Centre for Women for a number of years and brings with her vast experience of developing better practices for women across the STEM industries.

Stewart McKinlay

Stewart is Associate Director, Engineering Academy at University of Strathclyde. Having previously worked at SEMTA, Stewart has a wealth of expertise in working directly with employers to improve skills and productivity. His current work is with colleges to support pathways into engineering. His skills in partnership working and knowledge in engineering are of particular benefit to the group.

Anna Ritchie Allan

Anna is Executive Director at Close the Gap, the national policy and advocacy organisation that works in Scotland on women’s labour market participation. Anna is Chair of the board of the Rape Crisis Centre Glasgow, a member of the Oxfam Scotland Advisory Group, and a member of executive committee of the Scottish Women’s Budget Group. Anna is an expert in women’s economic inequality.

Grainne Hamilton

Grainne is Programme Director at Digital Me, working on digital credentialling in further and higher education. She has previously worked for Mozilla, Blackboard and Jisc. Grainne is also co-founder of Women in Tech Scotland, supporting women working in the tech industry through networking.