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 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 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.
Councillor Gregor Murray
Councillor Gregor Murray is the Convener of the Children and Families Service for Dundee City Council, having had a varied career working in politics, journalism and IT. Gregor has a strong connection to the city, being born and brought up in the Fintry area of the City and completing two degrees in politics at University of Dundee.
As well as being responsible for Education and Children’s Social Work functions in Dundee, they are also the Council’s Equalities Spokesperson, and sit on various Council Boards, including Licensing and Pensions. As a Scottish National Party Councillor, Gregor is elected to represent the North East Ward of the city, which includes Fintry, Whitfield and the Mill o’Mains.
Gregor has always had a strong interest in science and joined the Dundee Science Centre Board in 2012.
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.
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.
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.
Sheena Devlin is Executive Director (Education and Children’s Services) in Perth and Kinross. She has had a long and varied career in education working in a range of schools in different posts, including being headteacher in two schools in different areas of Scotland.
She has had the privilege of two national secondments – one as a full time Associate Assessor with HMIe and the other as a Professional Adviser to the Scottish Executive during the early development days of Curriculum for Excellence.
Since August 2007 she has worked first as Service Manager with Education and Children’s Services and then as Head of Education – Early Years and Primary. She took up her current post as Director in October 2015.
She is a value driven, passionate senior education professional, with a firm belief in social justice and a commitment to ensuring the provision of high quality outcomes for children, young people, their families and communities. Her optimism and tenacity are focused and balanced by an analytical and pragmatic approach to the complex challenges facing the service on a daily basis.
She is a member of ADES – the Association for Directors of Education in Scotland – and as such plays a role in helping influencing and shaping national policy.
Paul Clancy is the Executive Director of Children and Families Service for Dundee City Council and prior to this was Head of Education (Secondary and ASN).
He started teaching in 1985 in the secondary sector and has had a wide and varied career. Following his time as PT Music in two secondary schools, he was seconded as a Staff Tutor for Higher Still to Dundee City Council in 1999. In 2000 he was appointed as Adviser 10-18 with responsibility for Mathematics and Social Subjects.
In 2001 he was appointed as ICT Development Manager and had responsibility for all aspects of the schools network and NGFL roll out across early years, primary and secondary. In 2005 he was appointed Head of the Educational Development Service for DCC with curricular, quality improvement and staff development responsibilities for all sectors.
In 2009 he was appointed as Secondary Education Manager, followed by an appointment to his current position in 2011.
Professor David Coates MBE
David is currently Professor of Life Sciences in the learning and teaching arm of the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, having moved from Yorkshire some years ago. He started as an academic geneticist with an interest in evolution, and followed a traditional University academic career until he became a Head of School in Leeds, then Dean of Faculty in Bradford, both largely managerial roles. Key issues in Bradford were about widening access to science degrees, and the team did some great work in making science accessible.
David returned to his academic roots when he moved to Dundee to continue his career at the School of Life Sciences where he developed a new approach to life science education, focussed on skills and employer needs. He has also been involved with Diabetes UK for many years, and chaired their Governance Committee and he serves currently as the Chair of the Diabetes Scotland Advisory Council.
David has a professional interest in accreditation of degrees, and chairs the Accreditation Committee of the Royal Society of Biology, the aim being to improve biology degrees across the UK, working in particular with Skills Development Scotland for Scottish Universities.