The Board of Governors is responsible for determining the aims and overall conduct of the School.

Honorary President

Guy Clark, FSI, JP, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire

Honorary Vice Presidents

Dr Helen Laird, OBE, DL, MA, PhD

Ron Kennedy, TD, FCII

Calum Paterson, BA, MBA, FRSE, CA (Chairman)

Calum Paterson is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), a leading UK private equity and venture capital firm with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. SEP manages primary, secondary and infrastructure funds on behalf of global financial institutions, and invests mainly in high-growth technology and technology-related companies.

Calum was educated at Linlithgow Academy and the University of Strathclyde. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with the international financial services firm, Ernst & Young. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh. Calum is also a British Judo Association licensed coach. He is married to Mandy. They have two children at St Columba's.

Dr Aileen Findlay, BSc, MB ChB, MRCGP (Deputy Chairman)

Aileen is married to Iain; they have five children - Douglas, Alastair, Iain, Caitlin and Gavin, all of whom have been at St Columba’s - four of whom have now moved on to further education.

She was born in England and studied medicine at Edinburgh University. She works eight sessions as a partner in the Bridge of Weir/Houston General Practice, where she is the educational supervisor for the GP trainees. In her spare time she likes to walk her dogs.

Hugh Currie, DL, BSc, CEng MICE 

Hugh was Managing Director of Lithgows Limited, an old Scottish family-owned business, and due to the diverse nature of the business, in aquaculture, boat building, ship repairs, renewable energy and property, he travelled extensively. After nearly 32 years of working for Lithgows Hugh left the company in 2011 and set up his own consultancy business.
He is married to Lesley and they have two daughters, Jennifer and Jillian, both of whom attended St Columba’s, and both of whom are now lawyers. His hobbies are skiing, golf and salmon fishing.

Hugh is a former Chairman of CBI Scotland, a former Vice Chairman of Scottish Enterprise Renfrewshire before its dissolution and a former member of the Greenock Academy School Board. He has been a Governor of St Columba’s School since 2001, during which he has sat on most of the key committees. This has given him a good knowledge of the School’s strengths and greatly assisted in identifying areas for improvement.

Jo Halliday, BSocSc

Jo is an experienced Commercial Marketeer with over 20 years in senior roles for global blue chip companies, including Coca-Cola, Grand Met, Jim Beam Brands, Whyte & Mackay and Fortune Brands. She has run a successful marketing consultancy and is the co-founder and director of Talking Medicines. Jo lives in Kilmacolm and is married to Alan with four children, three of whom are at St Columba’s - Finlay, Neave and Freya. Interests are running, from 10K to Marathon distances, travelling and supporting the children in their sporting interests.


Katharine Hardie, LLB, DLP 

Katharine is a solicitor and partner in national law firm McGrigors LLP. She is the Business Group Head of the Real Estate team and sits on the Board of the firm. Originally from Aberdeen, Katharine has worked in Glasgow since qualifying as a solicitor and now lives in Kilmacolm with husband Michael and daughters Hannah and Grace, both of whom attend St Columba's. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, music, theatre and dancing.


Glen Watson, BA, CA 

A graduate of the University of Strathclyde in Economics and Accountancy, Glen qualified as a Chartered Accountant, latterly specialising in taxation. He left the profession to concentrate on developing a career in the property investment sector and completed a postgraduate diploma in Surveying and Land Economics at the University of Paisley. Glen holds a number of directorships in property companies, whose investments spread across commercial, retail and residential sectors throughout the UK. Combining these skills, he has an executive role in a boutique commercial law firm.

Glen and his wife Evelyn have one daughter, Laura, a former pupil of the School. His hobbies include gardening and walking his dog.

Kenneth Wilson, MA, CA 

Kenneth is a Chartered Accountant and a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Now based in Glasgow he has worked in the past in their Toronto and London offices. He is also a founding and current trustee of The Glasgow Hawks Sports Trust whose aim is to promote rugby in schools in the west of Glasgow. He grew up in Kilmacolm and was educated at Kelvinside Academy and Aberdeen University. He lives in Kilmacolm and is married to Sharen. They have two children, Jamie and Sarah, who are both at St Columba's. His hobbies are rugby, golf, skiing and tennis.

Paul Yacoubian, BAcc, CA 

Paul Yacoubian is the Managing Director of Craig Corporate Limited, a management consultancy focused on business management, corporate finance and taxation. Paul and his wife Paula have been resident in Kilmacolm for over twenty years. They have four sons, all of whom have received (and, in the case of the youngest, is still receiving) their education at the school. Paul joined the board in November 2006.



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