ST COLUMBA'S SCHOOL APPOINTS NEW BURSAR

ST COLUMBA'S SCHOOL APPOINTS NEW BURSAR

St Columba’s is one of the leading independent schools in Scotland and is situated within Renfrewshire in the picturesque commuter village of Kilmacolm. It is a HMC, non denominational School founded in 1897, initially as a School for Girls. It has been co-educational since 1982 with equal numbers of boys and girls. The current roll for the entire School, from Nursery to Senior VI, is 718.

In order to help shape their continued success, St Columba’s wished to appoint a Bursar who would play a key business management and leadership role at the school. In particular, the Bursar would have responsibility for leading and progressing the operational agenda and therefore, would enable the Rector to focus almost entirely on the education without diminishing the Rector’s role as the senior leadership figure of the school.

The team at Aspen, led by Catriona Mackie and Ken Dalgleish, conducted a rigorous recruitment campaign to meet St Columba’s brief – this produced a number of high quality candidates. We worked closely with the Board of Governors to ensure the shortlisted candidates had the right experience and cultural fit for the organisation.

After a successful recruitment campaign, Gordon Brewster has been appointed as Bursar; he will join a dedicated and high achieving team. Aspen would like to wish Gordon all the best in this exciting new challenge. Gordon said of the process:

 "I was delighted with the process that Aspen followed in connection with the appointment of Bursar at St Columba's. I was kept fully informed at all stages and was able to speak with Aspen as needed for advice and information"

St Columba’s is the second independent school who Aspen have worked with this year – this is a sector which we are keen to grow within and continue to make successful appointments at senior level. Interestingly, the Scottish independent school sector currently employs over 7,400 teaching and support staff (not including the additional operational jobs the sector creates) as highlighted in the Scottish Council of Independent Schools 2014 Survey (http://www.scis.org.uk/facts-and-statistics/). Furthermore, a 2014 BiGGAR Economics report found that last year members of the SCIS delivered a substantial positive economic impact for the Scottish economy - in 2013 they added £445.8 million gross value (GVA) and around 11,240 jobs in operational benefits alone (http://www.scis.org.uk/assets/Uploads/Facts-and-Statistics/BiGGAR-Economics-Report-to-SCIS-on-Economic-impact-of-SCIS-Members-final.pdf).Thus a valuable sector for Scottish employment!

 

 

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