Our board

Elizabeth Gray (Chair)

Elizabeth heads up the Strategic Marketing Team at the University of Glasgow’s Marketing Recruitment and International Office which provides strategic marketing, student recruitment, internationalisation, communications and partnerships advice and enabling infrastructure to the University. She also has a background in the development and delivery of research and knowledge transfer activities in relation to research development and commercialisation of the University’s research base. She has considerable experience in the successful development of high value research projects supported by government, research councils, charities and industry and of sustainability planning.

Elizabeth has held a number of advisory and steering group positions and has had a strong involvement in Economic Development, particularly with local enterprise companies and through the European Structural Funds. She has a keen interest in developing the University’s links with small businesses and alumni, internationalisation and enhancing the University’s student recruitment capability.

Elizabeth has over 30 years’ experience of the higher education sector including postgraduate studies at both Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities, previously working in the Principal’s Office, Training Services and the Department of Accounting and Finance.

A current Board member and previous Chair of Turning Point Scotland which supports individuals with complex needs focusing on learning disabilities and addictions, she has also recently become an Independent Prison Monitor with the HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland.

A Maryhill girl at heart, she is passionate about ensuring the people of North West Glasgow are well served by their Citizens Advice Bureau.

Alastair Mackenzie (Vice-Chair)

Alastair is an independent consultant supporting Financial Services businesses with strategies for Risk, Compliance and Regulatory Change. He has worked in Financial Services for over 25 years, with more than 15 years in senior management positions within market leading Banking, Wealth Management, and Trustee and Depositary businesses. He brings expertise in strategies for Investments, Risk, and Regulatory Change. During his career he has managed the investments of a number of well-known Scottish Charities and Endowments, and is a Non Executive Director of the Centre for Contemporary Arts. Alastair is also a leader in promoting equality and diversity in the workplace, and devised and implemented a strategy that raised a major financial services provider from unrated to the top Scottish Employer in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.

Martin Blackwood

Martin spent 36 years working in banking for the National Australia Group, during which time he sat on the board of LINK and the Irish Payment Standards Organisation. He also has experience working with charities, having spent six years with Action for Children.

Justine Murray

Justine Murray has over twenty years’ experience in human resources within health, local authority and voluntary sectors. She is currently a Project Manager with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and has skills in organisational development, change programmes, coaching and project management. Justine desires to make a contribution to our Bureau’s valuable service in the local community, and brings experience of working with committees and implementing governance arrangements.

Doug Young

Doug is a PhD student and tutor in Human Resource Management at Strathclyde University. His research focuses on employee engagement in the voluntary sector. He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development, and has worked in various HR advisory roles.

Shona Benton

Shona has many years leading business transformations and has a passion for supporting organisations to achieve their strategic goals by introducing excellent governance and appropriate best practice methods of organisational and change management.

Work experience has included senior roles within sportscotland, NHS Scotland, a hospital group in Indonesia and the Commonwealth Games Federation, supporting the G2014 and GC2018 Commonwealth Games. One of Shona's aims in establishing her own consultancy was to have the flexibility to ‘give back’; to share her skills and knowledge from many years in strategy development and execution in ‘large’ organisations with social enterprises. As a relatively new resident of the west of Glasgow, Shona now considers this home and wishes to make a contribution to the Bureau's service to the local community.

Alan Keachie

Alan’s background is in helping organisations to improve their performance. He has experience working with a wide variety of organisations, including in the not-for-profit sector, and has particular expertise in operational excellence. Alan has recently returned to Glasgow after many years of living elsewhere, and hopes to be able to use his experience to make a positive contribution to the local community.

Heather Ferguson

Lauren McGuire

Matt Offord