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).

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.

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.

Gary Leslie

Gary Leslie has had a successful career within the Hotel and Catering Business and more recently within the Oil Service Industry. He purchased his first hotel venture in 1985 in Shetland. In 1992 he returned to Aberdeen to further his business interests and in 1994 bought and personally operated The Queen’s Hotel, Aberdeen which was sold in 2006 to The Malmaison Group. He was an active participant in hotel, catering and licensed trade training and development organisations. A change of path took him to the Oil Service Industry where he became Managing Director for Saltire Energy before becoming a Director and Shareholder of another service company. Educated at Mackie Academy in Stonehaven and very familiar with the Johnshaven and Lathallan area.

Nigel Williams

Following a commission in the army Nigel has worked in outdoor education for the past 30 years. For a few years he was the Outdoor Education Co-ordinator for Fife Council before working for sportscotland as Head of Training/Deputy Principal at Glenmore Lodge the National Outdoor Centre for the past 20 years, retiring at the end of 2017. He has also been an expedition and outdoor consultant for several commercial and charitable organisations.