Board of Directors

Rev. Linda Broadley

Rev. Broadley trained and worked as a PE teacher before moving to West Africa with her husband and four children. On returning to Scotland, they ran a hotel before Rev. Broadley studied theology at Trinity College, Glasgow. She was ordained in 1996 and has until recently been the minister for Dun and Hillside. Now ‘retired’, Rev. Broadley finds time to support parishes as far afield as Lisbon and Skye.

Gavin Calder

Mr Gavin Calder has been in Senior Management roles in a number of Scottish independent schools. Having served as Deputy Head of the Junior School at Robert Gordon’s College until 2004, he moved to Loretto School to become Deputy Head and Housemaster of Newfield House, and latterly Mr Calder has been Head of Edinburgh Academy Junior School and Nursery.

Mr Calder has a particular interest in curriculum architecture, after completing a short term secondment for Learning and Teaching Scotland. Mr Calder has been a member of the Board of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools since 2012. A passionate advocate of outdoor education, Mr Calder has published articles and sits on the Board of charity Scottish Outdoor Education Centres. He is also the chairman of the Board of Academy Sports Ltd.

Derek Cowie - Chairman

Mr Derek Cowie, Chairman of the Lathallan Board of Governors, has been involved with Lathallan School for a number of years, with both of his sons having attended Lathallan School. Mr Cowie has recently retired after a successful career in North Sea oil.

Ciaran Dreelan*

As a founding director of QServ, Mr Ciaran Dreelan saw the business develop from a start-up business to a highly successful company with 850 employees with a turnover of £100m. After selling the company to Aker Solutions, Mr Dreelan founded a property investment business, Gaelic Property, along with a number of other business initiatives. Mr Dreelan has significant industry recognition, ranging from winning the Young Director of the Year in 2006 from the Institute of Directors, and in 2010 being named as Entrepreneur of the Year by Business Enterprise Grampian. Alongside his busy business portfolio, Mr Dreelan enjoys rugby and is actively involved with coaching children at the Mackie Rugby Club in Stonehaven. He and his wife have three children at Lathallan.

Professor Norman Hutchison

Norman Hutchison is currently Head of the Real Estate Group at the University of Aberdeen.  A Chartered Surveyor he has worked at the University for over 20 years focusing mainly on postgraduate education and conducting research on international property markets.  Prior to taking up an academic job, he ran the family bakery business and practised as a surveyor in Aberdeen.  A former pupil at Lathallan, he is married with two sons who also went to Lathallan. A former Chair of the Lathallan Association, he is great enthusiast of what Lathallan can offer all children.

Robert Leggate

Robert Leggate graduated from St Andrews University with an honours degree in modern history and political economy and then qualified as a chartered accountant. Robert moved to Aberdeenshire and held senior financial positions in the oil and gas industry including with McAlpine and Vetco until he was appointed bursar of Robert Gordon’s College in 1991. During this time he served as a board member of SCIS from 1998-2008, and as Chair of the Scottish Bursars’ Group from 2008-11. After retiring from Robert Gordon’s College in 2011, Mr Leggate has been involved as a Trustee of Beannachar Ltd (which offers residential and day care for young adults with learning difficulties and is part of the Camphill Trust).

Brian Lockhart

After graduating from the University of Aberdeen in History and Politics, Brian Lockhart qualified as a teacher and worked in schools in Edinburgh and Glasgow, before coming Principal of Robert Gordon’s College, a position he held until his retirement. During his career he served on the Executive of the Headteachers’ Association of Scotland, was a member of the Higher Still Implementation Group, chaired the Scottish Standing Committee on UCAS and the Scottish Division of the HMC. More recently, he served as an Assessor on the University of Aberdeen Court and was Convener of the Student Affairs Committee and Vice-Convener of the University Business Committee. He has been a Trustee of VSA, a member of the Council of St. Margaret’s School in Aberdeen and Education Convener of Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow. A published author of four educational histories, he is actively involved with community life in Aberdeen through his membership of Aberdeen Rotary Club and being a Burgess of the City.

Kevin McCormick

Kevin McCormick until his retirement was Chairman of Aberdeen based integrated marketing communications agency, Citrus:Mix and has served as Chair of local School Boards at primary and senior level. Mr McCormick is an enthusiast of Lathallan’s ability to enable every child to reach his or her full potential. Externally he is a trustee of the ARCHIE Foundation, and is actively involved with the fundraising and marketing side of ARCHIE.

Naveed Qamar

After completing his BSc Hons in Chemical Engineering from the University of East London, Mr Qamar later undertook his MA in European Health and Safety and Environmental Law from the University of Salford. Mr Qamar started his career at the London Waste Regulation Authority, thereafter specialising in health and safety. After a period as the Senior Safety Manager at the Associated British Ports, Mr Qamar moved to FirstGroup in 2003 to become Group Safety Director. Mr Qamar is also involved with the Elsulaimanya Trust; an Aberdeen based charity that aims to help an underdeveloped area of South Sudan.

Alastair Shepherd

Alastair Shepherd is a former pupil at Lathallan and Chairman of the Old Lathallian Association. He is a solicitor in Edinburgh with HBJ Gateley, specialising in rural property, and is also a Writer to the Signet and Notary Public. Born in Nigeria, as an “army child” he moved house every two years before abandoning his Stonehaven roots for a settled life in East Lothian. He graduated in law from Aberdeen University in 1981. Married with two children, Mr Shepherd has an interest in history, in particular researching War Memorials, and has written a book on the Haddington War Memorial. Mr Shepherd will not only bring his legal experience to the Board, but also his knowledge of the history of Lathallan since 1930.