Argyll College appoints new female board chairperson

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Argyll College UHI has appointed Dr Rosemary Allford as its new chairperson of the board, following Andrew Campbell retirement after his nine-year tenure in the post.

Dr Allford, a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Edinburgh Napier University, is a specialist in employability and collaboration, and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Rosemary first joined the Argyll College board in June 2020, where she served as a member of the Learning, Teaching and Engagement Committee, and was elected as chair on December 10 2021.

Rosemary admits to being more of a city dweller at heart, so what attracted her to Argyll College UHI?

‘Argyll is a small college which allows it to be relatively fleet-of-foot,’ she said. ‘In common with other smaller institutions, being an active member of the board here allows me to be much nearer to the ‘chalk face’. For me, that connection with staff, and with the student body, is the real driver.’

In the new year, Covid restrictions allowing, Rosemary plans to tour the 10 Learning Centres which constitute the college estate, and which are located across Argyll. ‘I’d like to get out to meet staff and students and understand the obstacles and opportunities that come with delivering tertiary education in one of the most geographically challenging areas of Scotland,’ she said.