Media Release: West College Scotland welcomes new chair


WEST College Scotland is delighted to welcome Keith McKellar to his new position as chair of the board of management of the college.

Keith takes on the role with immediate effect, joining the college at a time of rapid and radical change across the sector.

Audrey Cumberford, principal and chief executive of West College Scotland, said: “On behalf of our staff and students, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Keith in his new role.

“It’s an exciting time for the college as we continue our merger journey and Keith’s experience of business and knowledge of the sector will help make that journey as smooth as possible.

“I’m looking forward to working with him and showing him round our campuses in Greenock, Paisley and Clydebank, where he will see for himself the enthusiasm and commitment of our staff and the great work they do.

“He’ll also be impressed by our hard-working and talented students and by their determination to gain the skills which will help them gain employment or carry on to further study.

“I’d also like to pay tribute to our outgoing chair, Michael Yuille. The leadership he has shown throughout the merger process has been invaluable.”

Commenting on his new appointment, Keith McKellar, said: “I am thrilled to be taking on this position.

“West College Scotland has a hugely important strategic role in revitalising the economy and communities of the West Region and I’m determined to work with Audrey and her staff to help them achieve that.

“Their reputation goes before them and I’m looking forward to meeting as many of them as possible.

“The landscape of the Further Education sector is changing radically but as a West College Scotland team I’m confident we will continue to show flexibility and responsiveness to the needs of business and the wider economy.

“I’m delighted to be working with West College Scotland.”



Keith McKellar is chief executive officer of Scottish Health Innovations Ltd, which works in partnership with NHS Scotland to protect and develop new innovations that come from health care professionals.

He was for three years a member of the board of management of Stow College in Glasgow and until Stow’s merger into Glasgow Kelvin College in October 2013, its Chairman.

West College Scotland was created on 1 August 2013 by the merger of Reid Kerr College in Paisley, James Watt College in Greenock and Clydebank College.


Diarmid O’Hara, director of Communications, Policy & Planning – 07786 702344

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