Director, Policy, Partnership and Strategic Direction
Angus is the Director responsible for policy, partnership and strategic development in MacKay Hannah which he co-founded with Gail Hannah in 2003. Angus previously served as Finance Minister in the Scottish Cabinet and as Deputy Minister for Justice. He was a member of the Scottish Parliament in which he served as the Member for Edinburgh South from 1999 to 2003. Previously he served as a Councillor in the City of Edinburgh Council from 1995 to 1999 during which time he was Convenor of Finance. Angus has extensive public policy understanding in a wide range of areas. His specialist areas include public services, finance, transport, housing, planning, local government, legislative process and the Scottish Government. He previously worked as a policy advisor to Mo Mowlam MP, George Robertson MP and as a housing campaigner with Shelter.
Director, Business Management
Gail is the Director responsible for business management in MacKay Hannah which she co-founded with Angus MacKay in 2003. Her main role within the business is to plan, organise and co-ordinate all of the business activities within MacKay Hannah. She is also responsible for the HR, legal, financial and business administration functions within the company. Gail has a background in Scottish local government with extensive experience of local government internal management, process and practice at a senior level. She worked in the Scottish Parliament during its first term from 1999 to 2003. She has policy experience in a range of areas particularly planning, licensing, the environment, emergency planning, HR and contracts and tender management.
Siobhan joined MacKay Hannah in May 2008 and is responsible for finance and credit control and providing general business support as well as being PA to Angus MacKay. As part of the sponsorship team within MacKay Hannah, she is the key point of contact for sponsorship enquiries. Siobhan is an experienced PA and Office Manager who has undertaken a range of roles in SMEs in the UK and Europe.
Fraser joined MacKay Hannah in January 2015 having graduated with an MA Hons in Business with Marketing from the University of Edinburgh in 2014. Fraser is a key member of the team responsible for marketing all MacKay Hannah events. He is a keen participator in sports and enjoys travelling, especially to countries he has not visited before.
Penny The Dog
Penny joined MacKay Hannah in October 2019 and has settled in very nicely to the role of Staff Distractor. Penny spends her days sleeping, lounging, playing with her doggy toys and generally distracting the staff and half the building's occupants from their daily routines. She also enjoys her little tête-à-têtes with her four legged friend, Molly, along the corridor.
I found this to be a really useful day. Hearing from some of the groups/partners in addressing attainment helps to 'legitimize' them and allows me to be confident in their credibility. I would like to thank the organisers for offering complimentary places to students. This conference has been and will be very valuable tome and I would not have been able to attend without that generosity. Keeping abreast of the current thinking is so important in a difficult area like education.