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Our trustees

Find out about our trustees and the role they play governing the organisation.


Our Trustees


Dee Bird

Dee has over 15 years’ experience working in a variety of academic and academic-related roles at the Universities of Glasgow, Queen Margaret and Leeds. She is currently Assistant Director at the Scottish Funding Council where she is responsible for managing the relationship with Scotland’s research-intensive universities and small specialist institutions to support them in delivering high quality research and teaching. Dee holds a PhD in the humanities from the University of Glasgow and began her career as a teacher of English in the state schools of her native New Jersey.

 Mary De la Pena


Mary De la Peña MBE

Born and educated in Bradford, Mary went on to take a degree in Spanish at Exeter University. Her career history has focused on roles involving collaboration between education and business, higher education and community outreach. Whilst working as Education Business Partnership Manager at Lincolnshire Training and Enterprise Council she completed an MA in Education and Industry through Warwick University. She was Education Liaison Manager for The Boots Company, and spent five years as Director of Aimhigher Nottinghamshire. In May 2008 Mary was appointed as Head of Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach for Nottingham Trent University.

It was her experience of managing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Children's University within Nottingham Trent University that led to the opportunity to develop and embed Children's University in Scotland. She was CEO at Children's University Scotland from its inception in 2013 until retiring from the post in August 2017 and taking up her current trustee role.

Mary was awarded an MBE for services to higher education in the 2014 New Year Honours List.


Erica Judge

Jock Brown

Jock Brown became the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Children’s University Scotland upon its inception in April 2013. His involvement was inspired by a chance meeting with Dr Sandy Bradbrook, the Chairman of CU England, in Carlisle in 2012. They were colleagues in the Cambridge University football team in the mid-1960s.

After graduating in English law at Cambridge, he spent five years as a journalist in Glasgow before qualifying as a Scottish solicitor in 1975. His legal career culminated at Brodies LLP, where he was a partner and a consultant. He has also been a television and radio football commentator for nearly 40 years and was General Manager, Football, at Celtic FC in 1997/98. He brings a wealth of experience in law, business and communications to Children’s University Scotland.

Doug Wilson

Doug is a chartered professional health and safety practitioner with over thirty years’ experience working in various safety-critical industries. During his career he has held senior roles within a number of industry sectors including transportation, construction, spirits and wine, entertainment, utilities and financial services.

The businesses he has worked for include Standard Life, Vivendi – Universal Studios, Pernod Ricard, Seagram Spirits & Wine Group, The Chivas & Glenlivet Group, Scottish Equitable, Balfour Beatty, First Engineering, Babcock International and ScottishPower. His work has allowed him to gain extensive international business experience operating in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa. In addition to his current remit within ScottishPower, part of the Iberdrola Group, he holds a number of external industry positions and responsibilities.

Graeme McKee

Graeme is a marketing professional who has headed the marketing functions of financial software organisations over the past 8 years, including his current role as Head of Marketing at Cashfac Technologies. For Children’s University Scotland Graeme offers input on a range of areas including branding, events management and the digital marketing of both the CUS website and Aspire tool.

Graeme holds a First Class Honours Degree in Marketing from the University of Strathclyde and a Level Six Diploma in Professional Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), where he also volunteers as a CIM Mentor to assist junior and less experienced CIM members with their marketing career development.