Meet The Governors

Sir Andrew Cubie (Chair)

Andrew Cubie is a Consultant to Fyfe Ireland LLP. He has been variously Chairman and Senior Partner of that firm having specialised in Corporate law. He holds a number of non-executive Directorships in UK public and private companies.

He has been engaged in education issues throughout his professional career. He has been Chairman of Governors of George Watson’s College, Chairman of the Court of Napier University, and the Chairman of the Committee of University Chairmen for all UK Universities. He was Convenor of the Independent Committee of Inquiry into Student Finance in Scotland (“the Cubie Committee”) which brought about the abolition of tuition fees in Scotland. He is a former Chairman of the Confederation of British Industry in Scotland.

He is currently the Chair of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, chairs the JNC of the Universities Superannuation Scheme and is a Director of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. He acts as a consultant to Higher Education institutions and organisations both in the UK and abroad and is currently an adviser to the World Bank in regard to governance issues for higher education in India. He serves as a member of the Management Board of HMIE. He was a Fulbright Commissioner until January 2009. He is Chairman of a number of not for profit organisations, engaged with the arts, health and the sea.

Joyce Cullen

Joyce has been a partner with leading Scottish law firm Brodies for almost 25 years and has served as the firm’s Chairman for last 5 years, with particular responsibilities for leadership, professional standards and ethics. She has experience of advising and litigating in court for and against a diverse cross section of the Scottish public, ranging from representing financial sector clients in high profile commercial actions in the Court of Session to appearing for a legally aided claimant in a disability discrimination case. She has represented a number of educational institutions, advising on sensitive issues, including reputational risk.

Nominated by the Scottish Ministers, she served as a Member of the General Teaching Council, Scotland for 2 terms, from 1998 to 2006, representing the public interest. In that role she served on the Council’s Discipline and Finance and General Purposes Committees.

Joyce became a Solicitor Advocate with extended rights of audience in the Civil Courts in 1995. She is rated as an expert in Commercial Litigation and Employment in both Legal 500 and in Chambers’ legal directories. She is an accredited specialist in employment law and is the Convenor of the Law Society’s Employment Law Sub-Committee. She is also a member of the WS Society’s Signet Accreditation commercial litigation examining committee. As a qualified mediator Joyce finds the mediation skills learned useful in many aspects of her work.

Joyce lives in Edinburgh and is married, with 3 teenage children.

John Cummings

John has had extensive experience in education most recently as the first civilian Head of the Duke of York’s Royal Military School, Dover. This was a large boarding school exclusively for those whose parents are in the Armed Forces. Prior to that had been Head of Keil School, Dumbarton, Head of Sixth Form and English and Drama at Wycliffe College, and had taught at Tonbridge School, Melbourne Grammar School, and The Glasgow Academy.

Magnus Linklater

Magnus Duncan Linklater is a columnist and Scotland Editor of The Times of London. A former Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council, he was Editor of The Scotsman newspaper from January 1988 until July 1994. He has held a number of senior journalistic appointments in British newspapers over the past 30 years.

Born in Orkney on February 21, 1942, he is the son of the Scottish author, Eric Linklater and Marjorie Macintyre of Edinburgh. He was brought up in Easter Ross in the North of Scotland. He attended the local primary school at Nigg, then Belhaven Hill School, Dunbar, and Eton College. After courses at Freiburg University in Germany and the Sorbonne in Paris, he went to Trinity Hall College, Cambridge in 1961, where he studied law, then modern languages, gaining a second class honours degree (BA).

His career in journalism began in 1964. He has worked for The Daily Express, The Evening Standard, and The Sunday Times where he was for 14 years, holding a number of senior editorial posts. He was Managing Editor (News) at The Observer, Editor of The London Daily News, and The Scotsman. He now contributes a weekly column for The Times from Scotland, as well as being its Scottish Editor.

Mr Linklater is the author of several books about Scotland and current affairs. He holds honorary doctorates at Glasgow University, Queen Margaret University, Aberdeen University, and Napier University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council, the Edinburgh Book Festival, and is currently Chairman of The Little Sparta Trust.

He is married with three children (two sons and a daughter). His wife Veronica is a Life Peeress, and founder of The New School, Butterstone.

Toby Metcalf

Age 61, Married to Noreen, three sons 26, 24 and 19, educated at Ayr Academy, Royal Agricultural College Cirencester and North of Scotland College of Agriculture. Qualifications Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Diploma in Rural Estate Management and Diploma in Farm Business and Organisation. Director of Savills International Property Consultants. Worked in the Scottish rural property sector for over 36 years. Chairman of the Penicuik House Preservation Trust, River Spey Board Member and a River Tweed Commissioner. Noreen and I also manage our own arable farm in East Lothian. Interests include people, the rural economy, strategic planning, field sports and golf.

Sally Kuenssberg

Sally Kuenssberg grew up in Edinburgh. After graduating from Oxford with a degree in modern languages, she spent 12 years in Europe and South America where her husband Nick was working. In 1978 they returned to Glasgow where their three children grew up.

Her career has spanned publishing, education and a number of public appointments. She worked in the Scottish juvenile justice system for 20 years, first as a volunteer children’s panel member in the 1980s, then as a lecturer at Glasgow University responsible for training panel members, and finally from 1995-2002 as the first chair of the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration.

Between 1993 and 2007 she was a non-executive trustee and latterly chair of theRoyalHospitalfor Sick Children inGlasgowand a member of the Greater Glasgow NHS Board where she took a particular interest in the rights of children and young people within healthcare. Among many voluntary activities relating to children, she was a trustee of Save the Children UK from 2003-11. She is currently a governor of Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, and a trustee of East Park Children’s Trust in Glasgow.

Sally is currently completing a PhD in Education at Glasgow University which cuts down the time for visiting her grandchildren. She lives in Glasgow but spends a lot of time in Perthshire and is delighted to become involved with The New School.

Andrea Ross

Andrea Ross is the mother of a former pupil at the New School who is now in adult services and the founding Chair of the New School’s Parent Council. She is also Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Dundee. Andrea qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Ontario Canada before coming to Scotland to complete her LL.M in Environmental Law.

Over the past 20+ years she has published widely in the areas of planning and environmental law focusing on the accountability of government and sustainable development. She is the author of Sustainable Development Law in the UK from Rhetoric to Reality (Earthscan / Routledge) which, among other things, explores how law can be used to support best practice in implementing sustainable development.

Andrea teaches constitutional law, property law, planning and environmental law and offers Ph.D supervision in these areas. She is the academic member of the Law Society of Scotland’s planning law sub-committee and on the editorial board of the Environmental Law Review. She has been closely involved with undergraduate admissions for her entire academic career working closely with schools, pupils and parents on the transition from school to tertiary education and then onto various careers.