The Team

Colin Daniel

Commercial Director

David Sole OBE

Managing Partner

Fiona Dawe CBE

Chair of the Foundation

Gemma Sole

Digital & Client Engagement Director

June Boyle

Advisor

Kate Meagh

Business Development Manager

Peta Hay

Programme Director

Rona Watson

Office Manager/EA to David Sole

Wendy Mitchell

Administration Manager

Colin Daniel

Commercial Director

Colin Daniel has extensive experience covering leadership development, learning & development strategies and the design, delivery and evaluation of learning programmes. His professional career started at NatWest and covered all aspects of business and commercial banking including: relationship management, credit risk management, business turnaround situations and the proactive management of insolvency cases.

In 1999 looking to broaden his experience, Colin moved into HR to design and deliver training initiatives. Since then Colin has broadened his HR experience across a number of businesses and roles. He has a strong interest in the interaction between individuals, groups and organisations and the importance of self-awareness in developing leadership and was made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2008.

Colin became an Associate Member of the Association for Coaching in 2012 and specialises in coaching within an organisational setting; particularly tripartite coaching contracts working with clients and their line managers. His work is performance enhancing, results oriented and work that will embed learning.

In his spare time Colin has raised in excess of £25,000 for a number of charities by trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp, the summits of Kilimanjaro, Stok Kangri (one of India's highest Himalayan peaks) and Jebel Toubkal (Morocco's highest mountain) and cycled 300 miles from Ho Chi Minh City to Angkor Wat. A supporter of the Scout Association, occasional snowboarder and terrible bass player Colin loves spending time with his family on the Isle of Arran.

David Sole OBE

Managing Partner

David Sole graduated from Exeter University with a BA Hons in Economics and Agricultural Economics, following which he enjoyed a successful career at United Distillers and Diageo working in global operations. Since leaving Diageo at the end of 2000, he has become an established executive coach, first as part of the Change Partnership, then as a partner at Whitehead Mann where he was head of the Leadership Development practice.

In 2007 he set up his own company David Sole & Associates, specialising in executive coaching, team development and facilitation. He has extensive experience having worked with a wide variety of organisations and senior clients across a broad range of sectors.  On 1st June 2017, David Sole & Associates merged with School for CEOs.

David also played international rugby, winning 44 caps for Scotland and 3 caps for the British and Irish Lions. Since his record 25 appearances as Scotland captain, including the famous Grand Slam of 1990, David has remained heavily involved in Scottish sport and was a Board member of sportscotland for 8 years. He was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of AM Bid Services in March 2017 and he has also been a non-executive director of the Kilchoman Distillery Company.

David likes to spend his weekends with his family or pitchside supporting his four children in their various sporting endeavours.

Fiona Dawe CBE

Chair of the Foundation

Fiona is an experienced coach, advisor and organisational leader with a distinguished career in the voluntary sector. 

Fiona has enjoyed a 30 year career in the voluntary sector, starting as a Community Service Volunteer, working with young offenders. Fiona has worked at CSV, OUTSET (employment and training in IT for people with disabilities) and Volunteering England. For 11 years until April 2011 Fiona was Chief Executive of YouthNet, the UK’s first not-for-profit dot.com. In 2008 they won The Charity Times 'Best Charity to Work For' award.

Fiona has her own consultancy, Vital Space. She is a Time To Think Consultant and an accredited Thinking Environment coach and facilitator. Fiona is also a Trustee of the Windsor Leadership Trust, the Technology Trust and Changemakers. She is an advisor to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Social Justice Committee and a member of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee.

In 2012, Fiona was awarded the CBE for services to volunteering in the New Year Honours List. This followed her OBE for services to the voluntary sector, awarded in 2003. She was winner of the Charity Times 'Outstanding Individual Achievement Award 2010'. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Fiona is married to an architect who is a painter and print maker, and has a son and daughter.

Gemma Sole

Digital & Client Engagement Director

Gemma Sole graduated from Bath University in Modern Languages and European Studies in 2013. Studying French and Spanish, Gemma gained work experience in Marketing and Tourism working in France and Chile during her de/gree. After graduating, she worked at Sainsbury's Bank as part of the HR function before leaving to focus on her netball training, competing for Team Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014. She also competed for Scotland in the Netball World Cup in Sydney 2015.

She joined the School for CEOs team in Summer 2014. In February 2018 she completed an MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology at Northumbria University, specialising in reverse-mentoring. In January 2019, she completed her Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching with the Academy of Executive Coaching.

Following her retirement from international sport, Gemma coached netball at Edinburgh Netball Club for two seasons, recording one of the Club's best seasons in 2017-18 when they won the Scottish Cup and Senior Club of the Year. In 2018 she co-founded Edinburgh Accies Netball, a new performance club designed to create a pathway for players with the ambition and potential to perform at elite level. Accies Netball won the Scottish Cup in their inaugural season and are defending their title in 2019/20.

June Boyle

Advisor

June Boyle has extensive international experience in the field of HR and Organisational Effectiveness. Her career has predominantly focused on strategic performance and transformations, working alongside CEOs, Executive Boards and senior HR teams to effect change and build organisational renewal. She has held various leading HR positions in a career spanning over 35 years with BP (1974-2000), Royal Bank of Scotland (2000-2003), British Telecom (2003-2008), and Lloyds Banking Group (2009-2011). In 2011 she moved to YSC, a leading global business psychology consulting practice as a Global Director and Head of Scotland. In 2013 she established her portfolio career working as an associate and management consultant focused on leadership development, executive coaching, Business and HR consulting.

June holds an HNC in Business Studies (1979); is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel Development (1984) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Scotland. She is also part of the British Psychological Society, is Level A Qualified.

June is a Lay Court Member at Edinburgh Napier University including two of the sub-committees (Audit and Estates). She is a Trustee of the Edinburgh Napier Development Foundation and part of the Investment sub-committee. She is an Executive Director with Executive Networks. She is on the Scottish Committee for Kids Out. June enjoys spending time with her partner and the 2 boys when they are not at university. She loves sports, travelling, spending time in her cottage on the Isle of Skye as well as enjoying time with friends and family.

Kate Meagh

Business Development Manager

Kate graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2017 with a degree in Accounting and Finance. Since graduating Kate worked in Operations and logistics as a Moving Consultant. She studied transport management in the Chartered Institute of Logistics before progressing into sales.

Kate is a keen netballer, playing for both Edinburgh University and Scottish Student Sports throughout her time at University as well as representing Scotland. Since graduating she played for Edinburgh netball club who went on to win the Scottish Cup in 2018. Kate now represents Edinburgh Accies Netball Club, a new and upcoming performance club.

She joined the School for CEOs team in March 2019 as a Business Development manager as a new member of the team where she is looking forward to getting stuck in.

Patrick Macdonald

Chairman

Patrick Macdonald has gained extensive international experience and expertise during his 30 years in business. He started his professional career at the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors and then Unilever, based in the UK and Germany. Following his MBA, Patrick worked for The Boston Consulting Group in Germany and the UK. He then moved to General Electric (GE) where he was based in Connecticut, USA and eventually held responsibility for Sourcing at GE Capital. In 2003 Patrick became CEO of John Menzies plc, a quoted, family-backed logistics company where he doubled profitability. He has subsequently worked in private equity. He has led waste management firm Reconomy (sponsored by Bregal Capital); wind developer Dalestone Energy (Bregal Capital); and energy consultants Inenco (Vitruvian Partners). He is currently Chairman of print solutions business Corona Corporate Solutions (HIG Capital).

Patrick holds a first class honours degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University and gained an MBA with Distinction at INSEAD in France in 1992. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He is also a Sainsbury Management Fellow.

Patrick is a Trustee of the Woodland Trust and a member of the Scottish Advisory Committee of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE). He enjoys a number of pastimes, often with his wife and three children, ranging from watersports (such as rowing, sailing and canoeing) through hillwalking to ‘extreme’ gardening – his description of horticulture in Edinburgh!

 

Peta Hay

Programme Director

Peta Hay is an experienced business leader, having spent more than 20 years in roles such as Operations Director, Human Resources Director and International Talent Development Director. Most recently, she established the Scottish headquarters of Saxton Bampfylde, the Leadership and Executive Search firm. Prior to this, Peta was Group Talent Director for Tesco Plc and then joined Asda Walmart in 2012 as their Group Talent & Diversity Director. Peta is currently a Trustee for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS).

Peta’s career has enabled her to gain extensive experience working with and across international markets, including China, Korea, USA and Eastern Europe and in sectors such as Luxury Retail, Arts & Culture and Higher Education. Her mix of senior Group Operations and Strategic Talent Development experience has provided her with an unusual insight into the challenges facing individuals as they seek to develop their careers. 

Peta has a diploma in Coaching and is accredited by Corporate Coach International.

Rona Watson

Office Manager/EA to David Sole

Rona Watson is a strong and motivational team player and has a wealth of PA & admin support experience having worked at the Bank of Scotland for 18 years working to support senior executives, with an aptitude to understand the personality and wider personal challenges executive face and support them, prior to that she spent 19 years with NatWest Bank in a variety of roles.

A strong and motivational team player Rona also has a wealth of experience of event organization, including internal and external functions, dinners, conferences and sponsorship events. Through her involvement with charity work Rona was one of the 2012 Olympic Torch bearers.

Wendy Mitchell

Administration Manager

Wendy Mitchell started her career at the Edinburgh & Lothians Tourist Board, where she worked with the Finance Manager and Chief Executive, as PA and assisting with corporate governance. After 3 years, she moved to join her family’s businesses – a dairy and a golf course. She stayed with the businesses, running the finance and administrative functions, until their sale in 2003. She then spent over 6 years in Home Scotland, the Scottish Subsidiary of Home Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of affordable housing. Whilst there, as Senior Administration Officer, Wendy oversaw the administration of the Edinburgh and Glasgow offices. In addition, she worked closely with the Managing Director in the running of the Board, in all administrative tasks as well as ensuring regulatory requirements were met. In 2009, Wendy joined Ann Mitchell Management Ltd, providing businesses with business management, bookkeeping and administrative support. Wendy has also served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Scottish Businesswomen.

Throughout her career, Wendy has added to her skills and knowledge by further training including, a Diploma in Bookkeeping & Accounts, Foundation Certificate in PRINCE2 Project Management and recently completing a Business Skills module at Edinburgh Napier. In addition, she has pursued personal interests by completing two Open University courses in Creative Writing and Social Science.

Wendy’s spare time is spent with her family, where she can often be found cleaning up after a morning of arts & crafts or baking with her two young sons!