Board of Directors

Board of Directors



Professor David Sigsworth OBE

David has been associated with DSC since 1999 and has been Chairman of the operating company since its inception in 2001. He became Chairman of the main DSC Board following the untimely death of Professor Ian Stevenson, the first Chairman, in 2005.

In his public service capacity David is Chairman of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum which advises Scottish Government on the effectiveness of its policies to eradicate fuel poverty. He is also Chairman, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, a member of the Scottish Government’s Scottish Energy Advisory Board and the Joint Housing Policy and Delivery Group.

Previously, David’s career spanned 43 years in the utility sector. He held several positions on the Board of Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE) and was Commercial Director of Scottish Hydro Electric plc. He also undertakes a range of non-executive roles and is Chairman of Sigma Capital Group plc, and Chairman, SeaEnergy plc.

David is a Chartered Electrical Engineer, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee. He is also Vice-President of the Association for Decentralised Energy, and a Trustee of the Think Tank Sustainability First.

In 2016, David was awarded an OBE for his services to the environment and sustainable futures.


Gill Christie


Gill is Director, Human Resources with Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Before joining Cyclacel in January 2001, Gill was Human Resources Manager at Axis-Shield plc (formerly Shield Diagnostics) in Dundee. Gill has also spent time lecturing at the University of Abertay, Dundee where she has taught most aspects of Human Resource Management, at both under and post graduate levels.

Gill’s original training and career was in the field of Medical Microbiology. She has held scientific posts in both the NHS (at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School) and the commercial sector (at Unilever’s Research Laboratories in Bedfordshire and Unipath Ltd). Gill has an MSc in Human Resource Management, from the University of Abertay, Dundee.


Davina Wyper


Davina Wyper is a marketing and communications professional, specialising in environmental and science communication.  Currently working at University of Glasgow, Davina has over 20 years experience working across various sectors in Scotland, including environment, science research, healthcare, hospitality and education. 

She previously held of the position of Head of Communications at the James Hutton Institute and was Marketing Manager – Scotland, for Serco Ltd, leading the Marketing and PR activity for Envirowise in Scotland.  Envirowise was a government-funded project offering resource efficiency advice and consultancy to drive long-term behaviour change in environmental practice within businesses and the public sector. She held the position of Development Project Manager at Edinburgh Science Festival for two years, reviewing and implementing development opportunities for the organisation.


Gregor Murray


Born in the Fintry area of the city, Gregor also studied in Dundee completing his MA in International Relations and Politics at the University of Dundee in 2008, as well as an MLitt in European Politics in 2010. He went on to work in IT before moving to be researcher in the field of journalism. He also worked for the local MSPs Shona Robison and Joe Fitzpatrick in 2007.

In 2012 Gregor was elected as a Scottish National Party Councillor for the North East Ward of Dundee City Council, and serves as the Depute Convenor of the Education Committee. He has always had a strong interest in science and joined the Dundee Science Centre Board in 2012.

Linda Leuchars


Linda Leuchars - Chief Executive Officer


A graduate of Pharmacology and with an MPhil in Biomedicine & Neuroscience, Linda entered science communication whilst still working in research, leading to a full-time career change into Dundee Science Centre in April 2008. From 2009 to 2013, Linda led and managed the science centre's Science Learning and Public Engagement initiatives, which included: programmes for children and young people in formal education settings; exhibition and community engagement projects; Dundee and Fife Science Festivals; and professional development opportunities for teaching practitioners and scientists. 

Linda was appointed Head of Development in 2014, with additional responsibility for supporting the CEO to provide strategic direction, leading new development projects and fundraising, as well as overseeing the ongoing growth and performance of the learning departments.

Linda is also on the Board of Trustees for the Association of Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC), which brings together over 60 major science engagement organisations across the UK to play a strategic role in the nation’s engagement with science.


Merrill Smith - Ba Dip La (Manc) CMLI MBA


Merrill is a Chartered Landscape Architect and the Head of Corporate Communications and Policy for Leisure and Culture in Dundee City Council. She has also worked for Merseyside Metropolitan Council in Liverpool, the Parks and Recreation Department in Johannesburg City Council – South Africa, Perth and Kinross District Council in the Leisure & Parks Department, and in Landscape private practices in both Zambia and South Africa.

During her time with Dundee City Council Merrill has worked on a number of major strategies, including Dundee’s Ambassador Routes and the writing of the Dundee’s first Public Open Space Strategy, as well as a Sports and Physical Recreation Strategy and two Pitch Strategies for the city. As well as heading up the Communication Division she leads on Equality & Diversity in the City Council and is the Legacy Lead for the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014. As the Head of Policy for Leisure and Culture she has been the client representative for Dundee City Council on the building of Dundee Ice Arena and the refurbishment of the Dick McTaggart Gymnastic Centre as well as the City’s bid for the National Performance Centre for Sport.

She has given papers to a number of conferences on the benefits of Public Open Space, Parks and Biodiversity as well as acted on expert panels for SNH and Greenspace Scotland. She was an examiner for the Landscape Institute's professional exams and a judge for their awards in 2011 and the DeFRA 2012 UK Landscape Awards.

She is on the Board of the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions, Dundee Industrial Heritage, Dundee Contemporary Arts and is treasurer of VOCAL- the Association of Culture and Leisure Managers in Scotland. .

Her interests are culture and arts, sport, gardening, cooking and travel.


Michael Wood


Michael Wood is the Director of Education for Dundee City Council. He started teaching in 1981 in the primary sector and has had a wide and varied career. Following his time as Head Teacher in two primary schools, he took up the position of Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools and worked as an HMI for a period of 12 years. During this time he carried out a range of duties including that of District Inspector for Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City, Angus and Dundee. He was appointed to the post of Head of Education for Dundee in 2009 and was responsible for secondary education until his appointment as Director of Education in 2012.

His interests include mathematics and science and he is a keen advocate of the science centre.


Ray Mudie


After initially working for a period as a research scientist with UKAEA, Ray has spent the last 25 years working within the Further Education sector where his interest has focused on post-school curriculum development and the creation of vocational education pathways into employment, particularly in science and technology-related industries.

He is a Board Member of Solar Cities Scotland and founder member of Scotland’s Colleges’ Science Group.

He is currently the Associate Principal at Dundee College and previously Director of Faculty for Science, Technology and Service Professions. The College has a strong network of partnership links with companies and organisations involved in science and technology locally, nationally and internationally.

Ray has been a member of the Dundee Science Centre Board since 28th May 2009.


Alan Dearle


Alan Dearle is an experimental Computer Scientist whose primary interests are in the confluence of programming languages, databases, middleware and operating systems. He is a double graduate of St Andrews University and has held academic positions at the universities of St Andrews, Adelaide and Stirling. Throughout his career he has maintained close links with industry.

As well as continuing to be an active researcher and committed teacher, he has served in various senior academic roles including Head of Computer Science at Stirling and St Andrews and is currently Dean of the Faculty of Science at The University of St Andrews.

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Professor Carl Schaschke


Professor Carl Schaschke is a chemical engineer and is Head of the School of Science, Engineering and Technology at Abertay University in Dundee having previously served as Head of the Department of Chemical & Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Prior to pursuing a PhD in chemical engineering, he worked in the nuclear reprocessing industry at Sellafield.

He teaches fluid mechanics to undergraduates and his research interests are in the thermophysical measurement of substances under extreme pressure for which serves as a is a UK representative of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering Working Party on High Pressure Technology. He has published widely and is an author of several books including the Dictionary of Chemical Engineering published by Oxford University Press (2014). He once worked for BBC TV’s Tomorrow’s World turning advances in science, engineering and technology into informative and entertaining television.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and is married with two daughters, Emily and Rebecca.