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For the institutions that wish to explore merger, a partnership board to develop the detail of the merger business case needed to be established. It required representation from the merging colleges, both non-executive and principals, staff, students and other key stakeholders. The establishment of such a board was agreed at the college alignment steering group meeting at the end of July 2021. At that meeting the chairs of the merging colleges appointed Dr Michael Foxley to chair the partnership board.

The agreement to form a partnership board and terms of reference are available here. A signed and dated version is held as a record.

The regular members of the partnership board are set out below. Where a member cannot attend an alternate will be identified and invited.

NameDesignationAppointed byAttendance as
Dr Michael Foxley Chair of the Partnership Board College Chairs Independent Chair
Derek Lewis Chair of West Highland College UHI West Highland College UHI Member
Robbie Rowantree Chair of North Highland College UHI North Highland College UHI Member
Archie MacDonald Chair of Lews Castle College UHI Lews Castle College UHI Member
Lydia Rohmer Principal of West Highland College UHI West Highland College UHI Member
Debbie Murray Principal of North Highland College UHI North Highland College UHI Member
Sue MacFarlane Principal of Lews Castle College UHI Lews Castle College UHI Member
Florence Jansen HISA President HISA Member
Rotating Members
Ciaran Gibson
Tyler Daniels
Sophie-Ann Baine
HISA representative for
West Highland College UHI
Lews Castle College UHI
North Highland College UHI
HISA Member
Nigel Patterson Staff representative West Highland College UHI Member
Magnus Davidson Staff representative North Highland College UHI Member
Gareth Davies Staff representative Lews Castle College UHI Member

In addition, the following members will be in attendance :

NameDesignationAppointed byAttendance as
Linda McLeod Interim Deputy Director (Access, Learning and Outcomes) Scottish Funding Council Observer
Morvern Cameron Head of Universities, Education and Skills Highlands and Islands Enterprise Observer
John Kemp Interim Vice Principal for Further Education and Chief Operating Officer University of the Highlands and Islands Observer
Max Brown Programme Director University of the Highlands and Islands Project Support
Steven Gregg Project Manager University of the Highlands and Islands Project Support
Shirley MacBean Programme Coordinator University of the Highlands and Islands Clerk to the Board