Scott Rennie is the Minister of Queen’s Cross Parish Church, which has had a long and fruitful association with the school since its foundation. Its ministers have enjoyed serving as chaplains at Albyn over the years.
After reading Geography and Divinity at Aberdeen University, Scott went on to undertake a Master’s degree in Theology at Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York, as that year’s Scots Fellow.
Having served for 10 years in the historic Brechin Cathedral, Scott returned to Aberdeen to serve at Queen’s Cross Church where he has also enjoyed a role in wider community life. A Fellow of the royal Society of Arts, Scott is passionate about the place of social enterprise and commerce in churches and the Third Sector.
Away from work Scott is a keen Aberdeen FC and football fan, and enjoys listening to classical music and gardening. He also loves time and travel adventures with his husband David, and daughter Rachel.
Holly McLennan joined the Board in May 2021 and is an Accredited Public Relations (PR) Practitioner and Certified Digital Marketing Associate, with specialist reputational and crisis communications skills.
Holly has more than a decade of communications experience in both the private and public sectors including global integrated corporate communications agency, Fifth Ring, Food Standards Scotland and, currently, Marine Scotland, where she oversees seafood trade communications.
She has a Diploma in Professional PR and a BA (Hons) Degree in Communications with Public Relations, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
As well as being a proud former Albyn pupil (class of 2008), Holly has experience providing PR and media support to independent school, Robert Gordon’s College from her agency background, and enjoys mentoring university graduates and helping others develop.
As well supporting the management of Scotland’s seas in the day-job, Holly enjoys being in the sea herself as a keen open water swimmer.
Sandy Hutchison is the Legal, Commercial and Business Services Director for TAQA Bratani Limited in Aberdeen. TAQA is an Oil and Gas company with its headquarters based in Abu Dhabi. Sandy has been with TAQA since 2007 and is part of the European Leadership Team, is a Company Director and the Company Secretary. In addition to that he is responsible for a range of functions in TAQA including legal, commercial, business development, contracts & procurement, logistics, warehouse & inventory and IT.
Prior to working for TAQA Sandy was a Senior Legal Advisor with Talisman Energy and before that was a Solicitor with CMS Cameron McKenna working in their Aberdeen and London offices.
Sandy is a qualified Solicitor in Scotland and in England & Wales and is a member of the Institute of Directors. In addition he has completed the Oxford University (Said Business School) Advanced Management and Leadership Programme.
In his spare time Sandy enjoys sports, particularly golf, skiing as well as spending time with the family. Sandy has a son (Frederick) and daughter (Rebecca) at Albyn.
Geoff was Deputy Rector of Dollar Academy, Clackmannanshire until 2020.
Variously a teacher of English, Drama, Religious Studies and Classics, he worked for 40 years in the maintained and independent sectors, day and boarding, in England, Scotland and Malawi.
Educated in Canterbury, and the universities of St Andrews and Durham, he has degrees in English Language and Mediaeval Literature, with specialisations in Anglo Saxon and Old Norse. Thereafter, he undertook teacher training in Scotland.
He has been the Poetry Advisor for the UK Association of Christian Writers since 1998 and currently organises local school creative writing competitions. An active member of the Historical and the Angling Associations of North Uist, he has also sat as a JP in Perth since 2016.
Professor David McClean – PhD RIBA FRIAS ARB MBA SFHEA
Professor David McClean – PhD RIBA FRIAS ARB MBA SFHEA
David McClean is Head of the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen, a position he has held since 2006. From 2014-18 he was a staff governor at RGU. Following academic study and registration as a Chartered Architect, he practiced in Cambridge for a period of 8 years before returning to his native Scotland where he entered academia. He has extensive experience of architecture education in the UK, being a Council member of the Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture, and having been heavily involved in the work of the Royal Institute of British Architects both nationally and internationally, for over 15 years. He has also undertaken validation work for the Union Internationale des Architectes, and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.
A committed educationalist, his research work focuses on aspects of creative education and its underpinning pedagogies, and he has been invited as a keynote speaker and to deliver workshops in a number of countries. He joined the Board in September 2019.
David Kemp is chief financial officer (CFO) of Wood. Formerly CFO of Wood Group from May 2015, he joined Wood Group in 2013 as CFO of its Wood Group PSN business, and was responsible for aspects of finance and administration, IT, real estate, and legal services.
David has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil & gas sector and prior to joining Wood Group, held executive roles at Trap Oil Group, Technip, Simmons and Company International, and Hess Corporation, working across finance, mergers & acquisitions and operations. David is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds an honours degree in accountancy.
David Lane has been a Governor since January 2012. He was born in England and brought up in Northern Ireland. He moved to Aberdeen in 1982 where he spent four enjoyable years as a student at Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology. On graduation David moved to London where he worked as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor for a small consultancy involved in both UK and international oil and gas projects returning to live in Aberdeen in 1993. He has two daughters at the school with a third an alumni who is now a student in Glasgow. After over 20 years of extensive work related travel and having built up a successful global consultancy, David took the opportunity to spend more time at home. For the last five years he has worked in the UK with a range of small start-up and developing companies. In addition to his business commitments, David undertakes some part time and interim consultancy work. David is an active Rotarian, a developing curler and a keen golfer. He sits on the Finance and Property Committee.
Professor Marco Thiel is Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology at the University of Aberdeen. After being awarded his doctorate in Nonlinear Dynamics, he worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Nonlinear Dynamics in the Department of Physics at the University of Potsdam in Germany. He joined Aberdeen University as a UK Research Councils’ Fellow in 2006. He has published extensively in the field of non-linear systems and is a member of the London, European and American Mathematical Societies. At Albyn School, he is a member of the Board’s Education Committee.
Jill is a Director of Rubberatkins and its international group of companies, which design and manufacture rubber components for the oil and gas industry. She is also an Aberdeenshire Councillor representing Banchory and Mid Deeside. She has held many prominent roles within local government since being elected in 2003 including that of Provost of Aberdeenshire, Vice Chair of Infrastructure Services Committee and Board member of Grampian Police Board, North East of Scotland Transport Partnership, Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Planning Authority and Aberdeenshire South Licensing Board as well as serving on many committees including Education, Learning and Leisure. She currently serves on the Board of Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce. Jill is a former pupil of Albyn and became a Governor in 2014.