Board Members

Scottish Book Trust is led by a strong Board of Trustees who bring a diverse range of professional skills and experience to the charity’s governance.

Keir Bloomer

Keir Bloomer (Chair)

Independent Education Consultant

Keir is the former Director of Education and Chief Executive of Clackmannanshire Council, a post from which he retired in May 2007. He is Chair of the Tapestry Partnership, a leading organisation in the field of teachers’ professional development. He is convener of the Education Committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and is the Chair of the Commission on School reform, being largely responsible for the writing of its influential report, By Diverse Means

As a member of the review group which wrote “A Curriculum for Excellence” (Scotland’s national curriculum), he has been closely involved with curriculum reform and recently chaired the Higher Order Skills Excellence Group.  He now undertakes curriculum and professional development work with the Scottish Government, local authorities, national agencies and schools.

Don Ledingham

Chief Executive, Ceannas, a leadership development company 

Don brings a wealth of senior leadership and management experience from his previous roles, as well as strategic knowledge, initiative and focus. Previous roles include Head Teacher, Dunbar Grammar School; Director of Education, Midlothian Council; Director of Education and Social Work, East Lothian Council. He is also Chair of the Curriculum for Excellence, National Implementation Partnership.

Willy Maley

Professor Willy Maley

Professor of English Literature, University of Glasgow

Willy Maley has published widely on Scottish literature and culture, including studies of Alasdair Gray, Janice Galloway, James Kelman, Muriel Spark and Irvine Welsh. In 2005 he edited The List Guide to the 100 Best Scottish Books of All Time with support from Scottish Book Trust. As a playwright, Willy is also a former Fringe First winner and has had work performed at the Arches, Pavilion, Tramway and Tron theatres.

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Fiona McLeod

Retired MSP & Librarian

Following a history degree at University of Glasgow, Fiona completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship at University of Strathclyde. She has worked in most library sectors but specialised in health. She was elected as a regional SNP MSP for West of Scotland 1999 – 2003. From 2011 – 16 she was the MSP for Strathkelvin & Bearsden, serving as acting Minister for Children and Young People 2014-15 to cover Aileen Campbell MSP's maternity leave. The first time that a minister had been given maternity leave. Fiona retired in 2016.   She was appointed to Ofcom's Scottish Advisory Committee 2004 - 06, was Chair of EDCPAC 2004 – 08 and Chair of SLIC 2011 – 14. In  2016 - 17 she was a member of the Commission on Parliamentary Reform.

Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith

Head of Strategy and member of the Executive Board, BBC Scotland

Catherine understands digital media and is experienced in interpreting markets and developing strategies, implementing business plans and monitoring their success across a range of industries. She is a former Head of Marketing at RBS, consultant with KPMG and award-winning advisor for Arts & Business.

Jackie Taylor (Treasurer)

Head of Finance, Institute of Chartered Accountants

Jackie is a qualified Chartered Accountant currently working for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland as Finance Director. She previously headed up Finance and Corporate Services with the charity Elcap after working as Finance and Managing Director of James Thin booksellers. She has also had trustee and treasurer roles with both Book Trust (Scotland) and the EIBF.

Dr. Rebekah Widdowfield

Dr Rebekah Widdowfield

Head of Higher Education and Learning Support, Scottish Government

Following a Geography degree at the University of Oxford and PhD at the University of Newcastle, Rebekah worked for an number of years at the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff researching homelessness, rural poverty and social exclusion. She joined the Scottish Government (SG) in 2001 in a research role and took up her current post as Head of Higher Education and Learner Support in May 2013. As a senior civil servant, Rebekah brings a detailed knowledge and understanding of the workings of Government and of strategy and policy development. As former Chief Researcher within SG, she has specialist knowledge around research, monitoring and evaluation.