Church Appointees on Scotland’s Education Committees (as of Summer 2015)

Church Appointees on Scotland’s Education Committees (as of Summer 2015)

We are in the course of updating this information to Spring 2017. We have confirmation from all Councils who have responded to date that the Church representatives do have the right to vote in the Education Committees that they sit on.

We give here the names, Church affiliations, and appointments procedure, of the Church Appointees on all of Scotland’s Council Education Committees, as determined by Freedom of Information requests during Summer 2015. Church of Scotland and Catholic appointees are appointed by their Church hierarchies and Councils have no chioce in the matter. Procedures vary by Council for selecting the Church allowed to nominate the third appointee.

Notes on appointment procedures:
(a) Church was sole applicant in response to advertisement (8 Councils)
(b) Position vacant, pending reply from nominating Church (2 Councils)
(c) No replies to advertisement. Sitting member agreed to continue in place (1 Council)
(d) Church invited to nominate after initially selected Church (Episcopalian) failed to do so (1 Council)
(e) No third religious representative (in case of Orkney, no religious representative at all); no reason given. (2 Councils)
(f) Two Church of Scotland representatives, in violation of the law (2 Councils)
(g) Self-nominated; Church not stated (1 Council)
(h) Appointed in 2003; religious representatives remain in place until they resign (1 Council)

(i) Representative, asked to nominate an individual from among several Churches of his denomination, nominated himself (1 Council)
(j) Representative, having lost his position as councillor in election, cited Boys Brigade experience and nominated himself (1 Council)

(k) Only religious body considered eligible by Council (1 Council)
(l) Applications invited by newspaper advertisement or similar (15 Councils)
(m) Applications invited by direct contact between Council and Churches; as far as we know, no other advertising (1 Council)
(n) Church chosen by Council to nominate on the e basis of demographics (4 Councils)
(o) Church Chosen by Council on the basis of rotation among local Churches (1 Council)
(p) Representative (or nominating Church) chosen from among applicants by a panel or group representing local religious organisations (6 Councils)
(q) Church chosen by lot from among applicants (1 Council)
(r) Church chosen directly by Council members or officials from among more than one applicant (4 Councils)
(s) 3rd representative says he can understand criticisms of system; (1 Council)

(t) The three religious representatives sit with 5 elected councillors to form the Council’s Cabinet (1 Council)
(u) Representative rejects evolution (7 Councils)
(v) Representative believe the Earth is less than 10,000 years old (7 Councils)
(w) Representative’s Church proclaims its belief in the eternal conscious punishment of non-believers (5 Councils)
(x) Believes in healing by laying on of hands (1 Council)
(y) Statement of specific beliefs has now been removed from Church website (1 Council)

Local Authority Church of Scotland appointment
Catholic Church appointment
Other Notes (see above)
Aberdeen Reverend Edward McKenna
November 2012 –
Mrs Irene Wischik
November 2011 –
Ms Anne Tree
Episcopal Church
August 2012 –
l, p
Aberdeenshire Dr Eleanor Anderson
May 2012 – May 2017
Mrs Mary Nelson
April 2015 – May 2017
Dr Ian Findlay
Aberdeenshire Interfaith Group
May 2012 – May 2017
Angus David Adams Bill Simpson Georgina Maille
Episcopal Church
June 2013 –
Argyll and Bute Mr William Crossan Father David Connor  [Episcopalian; nomination awaited] b, n
Clackmannanshire Reverend Sang Y Cha
The Manse
37A Claremont
FK10 2DG
Father Michael Freyne
St Bernadette’s RC Church
Baingle Brae
FK10 2SG
Pastor David Fraser
Alva Baptist Church
The Green (off Brook Street)
FK12 5JQ
n, I, u, v, w
Dumfries and Galloway Mr Robert McQuistan
June 2012 –
Reverend William McFadden
June 2012 –
Canon Robin Paisley
Episcopal Church
June 2012 –
Dundee Miss Kathleen Mands
May 2012 – 2017
Monsignor Kenneth McCaffrey
May 2012 – 2017
Mr Bashir Chohan
Dundee Central Mosque
May 2012 – 2017
c, l
East Ayrshire Ian Rennie
May 2012 – May 2017
Maria Dorrian
May 2012 – May 2017
Andrew Keachie
Salvation Army
May 2012 – May 2017
a, l
East Dunbartonshire Reverend Barbara Jarvie
May 2012 – May 2017
Reverend Paul Milarvie
May 2012 – May 2017
Mr John Jackson
Baptist Church
September 2012 – May 2017
a, l
East Lothian Mrs Marjorie Goldsmith
January 2006 –
Mr Michael McHugh
February 2011 –
Mr Stephen Bunyan
Episcopal Church
May 2003 –
East Renfrewshire Ms Mary McIntyre
2012 – May 2017
Father Thomas Boyle
2012 – May 2017
Dr Frank Angell
Jewish Community
2012 – May 2017
Edinburgh A. Craig Duncan Ted Brack The Robin Chapel Episcopalian; Rev Thos Coupar l, p, s
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Reverend Hugh Stewart
October 2014 – May 2017
Father Michael Macdonald
October 2014 – May 2017
Mr Murdo Macleod
Free Church of Scotland
May 2012 – May 2017Reverend Allan MacCroll
Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland
June 2013 – May 2017
Falkirk Margaret Coutts
September 2003 –
Hector Cairns
August 2012 –
Reverend Michael Rollo
Evangelical / Pentecostal Alliance
February 2004 –
d, u, v, w
Fife Reverend Hugh D. Steele
April 2015 – May 2017
Mr George Haggarty
May 2012 – May 2017
Mr Alistair Crockett
Cupar Baptist Church
May 2012 – May 2017
l, r
Glasgow Reverend Graham Cartlidge
May 2012 – May 2017
Right Reverend Canon Robert Hill
January 2013 – May 2017
e e
Highland Mr Gordon Smith
May 2012 – May 2017
Mrs Margaret McCulloch
May 2012 – May 2017
Dr Alan Fraser
Free Church of Scotland
June 2014 – May 2016
o, u, v, w
Inverclyde Mr Tom Macdougall
September 2014 –
Father Michael McMahon
March 2006 –
Reverend Fraser Donaldson
Greenock Elim Church
September 2012 –
a, l, u, v, w
Midlothian Mr Victor H. Bourne
55 Newbattle Abbey Crescent
(pending) Mrs Margaret Harkness
Church of Scotland
2 Fowler Crescent
EH20 9RX
f, t
Moray Reverend Shuna Dicks
May 2012 – May 2017
Elizabeth Hewitt
May 2012 – May 2017
Reverend Christopher Ketley
North Ayrshire Elizabeth Higton
September 2012 – April 2017
Very Reverend Matthew Canon McManus
June 2012 – April 2017
Mark Fraser
Bridge Church
September 2012 – April 2017
a, l, u, v, x, y
North Lanarkshire Mr John Maddock Mr James Duffin Mr John Love g, j, l
Orkney  e  e  e e
Perth and Kinross Mr Pat Giles
August 2011 – May 2017
Mrs Margaret McFarlane
January 2013 – May 2017
Mrs Hilary Bridge
Scottish Episcopal Church
August 2011 – May 2017
m, r
Renfrewshire Iain Keith
May 2012 – May 2017
Reverend Father Thomas H. Boyle
May 2012 – May 2017
Reverend Graeme Clark
Paisley Action of Churches Together
May 2012 – May 2017
l, r
Scottish Borders Mr Graeme Donald
May 2012 – May 2017
Mr Joe Walsh
May 2012 – May 2017
 [Episcopalian; nomination awaited] a, b, l
Shetland Reverend Tom McIntyre
September 2011 – May 2017
 None (historic reasons?) Mr Martin Tregonning
Shetland Churches Council Trust
Ms Radina Mckay
Shetland Inter Faith Group
July 2012 – May 2017
South Ayrshire Reverend David Gemmell
April 2009 –
Phil Davey
May 2007 –
Pastor Ian Gall
February 2014 –
a, l
South Lanarkshire Reverend Sarah Ross
June 2012 –
John Mulligan
June 2015 –
Dr Nagy Iskander
Westwoodhill Evangelical Church
September 2012 –
a, l, u, v
Stirling Reverend Jennifer Millar
2013 –
Mrs Rose Hart
2012 –
Mrs Jane Morris
Episcopal Church
2012 –
West Dunbartonshire Miss Sheila Rennie
February 1998 –
Miss Ellen McBride
November 2000 –
Mrs Barbara Barnes
St Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Dumbarton
December 2004 –
a, l
West Lothian Myra MacPherson
June 2007 –
(pending) Lynne McEwen
Church of Scotland
May 2012 –
f, p

About Paul Braterman

Science writer, former chemistry professor; committee member British Centre for Science Education; board member and science adviser Scottish Secular Society; former member editorial board, Origins of Life, and associate, NASA Astrobiology Insitute; first popsci book, From Stars to Stalagmites 2012

Posted on September 10, 2016, in Education, Politics, Religion, Scotland and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. A matter of simple logic:

    If there are ( n ) mutually incompatible religions then logic demands that AT LEAST ( n – 1 ) of them MUST be wrong.

    It follows that, any education system that promotes more than one religion is knowingly condoning the promotion of falsehoods.

    We should not allow that to happen in our schools.

    Those who claim that theirs is the one true religion should remember this:

    “Any assertion that reality must be as it is believed to be in the absence of credible evidence is dishonest. Science cannot find any credible evidence for the truth of any religion.”

    We should not promote dishonesty in our schools.


  2. If one of the religions was demonstrably true then the Universe would be ruled by a God and we would all have to consider, very carefully, how he wants us to behave. I would probably give up my day job and become a religious missionary.


  3. Fraser Donaldson, Inverclyde, is an out an out Creationist as I understand it….

    Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:13:14 +0000 To:


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