Professor Seamus McDaid, CBE, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland and Convenor, Universities Scotland
Professor McDaid began his career in accountancy but moved to academia, joining what is now Glasgow Caledonian University in 1976. There he developed a strong international reputation in his specialist area of public sector accounting and finance, and led major projects in a range of countries, funded by the UK Government’s Overseas Development Administration, and the World Bank. These included projects, spanning a 15 year period, designed to improve public accounting and financial management processes and good Government in a number of African countries.
In the 1990s he also led major UK Government ‘Know How’ funded projects in Poland and Russia, to support these countries as they made the transition from `planned’, to ‘market based’ economies. Whilst at Glasgow Caledonian University he held a number of senior academic posts including Dean of the Faculty of Business. Professor McDaid joined the University of Paisley as Vice-Principal in 1997 and was appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor in 2005. He has been instrumental in the creation of the University of the West of Scotland.
In 1998 he secured the support from the SFC that enabled the initial development of the University’s Ayr Campus, and in 1999 led on the process for the creation of the Crichton Campus in Dumfries, initially a joint campus of the University of Paisley and the University of Glasgow. He also chaired the Group that managed the successful merger between the University of Paisley and Bell College, and led on the process for the change of the Institution’s name to the University of the West of Scotland.
He chaired the Strategic Partnership Board that managed the project for the development of the joint UWS/SAC Campus on the Craigie site in Ayr. He has been a member of various external Boards and bodies including the NHS where he operated as non executive Director of Renfrewshire Health Care NHS Trust and as Vice-Chairman of Renfrewshire and Inverclyde NHS Primary Care Trust. He currently chairs the US Efficiency Task Force.
Professor McDaid was a recipient of a CBE in the recent New Year’s Honours.
Kenneth Muir, Strategic Director and Director of Inspection, Education Scotland
Kenneth Muir is Strategic Director and Head of inspectorate in Education Scotland. He has worked in HMIE/Education Scotland for 17 years, having previously held a range of posts in schools and education authorities.
He has held a number of senior management posts within HMIE/Education Scotland, from 2005 to until 2009 as HM Chief Inspector having responsibility for pre-school centres and nursery classes, independent schools, pre- and post-registration of schools, and school care and accommodation services. He has also been Head of Human Resources in HMIE, which involved recruitment, training and staff development, and the oversight of equality and diversity issues. As head of HR, Kenneth was responsible for devising HMIE’s self-evaluation tool for HM Inspectors which allows them to evaluate their own individual and team performance and behaviour on inspections and reviews.
Since July 2009, Kenneth’s Chief Inspector post has involved him having responsibility for the review of, and quality enhancement activities in, Scotland’s 41 colleges, prison inspections and initial teacher education. His directorate also has responsibility for the inspection of all secondary school inspections and all-through schools, and he has, most recently, led the review of the school inspection framework. In April 2012, he was appointed to his current post as part of the creation of the new educational body, Education Scotland.