Dear Forth Valley College,
Please treat this as a freedom of information request.
In November 2015 The First Minister made a commitment to work towards gender balance on all public boards in Scotland.
Please could you supply me with the following information?
1. How many women are now on the board of your organisation and how many people of other genders are there?
2. Is the current Chairperson (or person with an equivalent role) a woman or someone of another gender?
3. What is the current median FTE pay for men and women in the organisation?
In addition, I would be grateful if you could provide me with the following information about board members.
4. Please supply the names of everyone currently on the board along with their registers of interest and the date that their register was last updated.
5. Please supply details of any payments made to any of the board members in the last 12 months, and a summary of the purpose of each payment.
Please do not send the requested information in pdf format files. I would prefer to receive the requested information by email in a machine readable format such as MS Excel.
I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
The Ferret Media Ltd
Dear Mr Tibbitt
Freedom of Information Request
I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information request which we received today.
Our response will be sent within 20 working days.
Dr Ken Thomson
Dear Mr Tibbitt,
Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002 (The Act). Please find below information in relation to your specific
1. How many women are now on the board of your organisation and how many
people of other genders are there?
8 Female and 10 male. Please note that the Board does not directly appoint
all 18 members of the Board of Management, with the 2 staff members and 2
student members being voted for by their peers and the Chair being
appointed by Scottish Ministers.
Of the members over whom the Board has direct control of appointment
(Principal and Non-Executive members), there are 7 Female and 6 Male
members. Non-Executive member appointments are also subject to final
2. Is the current Chairperson (or person with an equivalent role) a woman
or someone of another gender? No the Chair is currently male
3. What is the current median FTE pay for men and women in the
organisation? £20.47 per hour for Male and £18.90 per hour for Female
4. Please supply the names of everyone currently on the board along with
their registers of interest and the date that their register was last
Chair Ross Martin
Staff Ken Thomson
Non-Exec Naila Akram
Non-Exec Hazel Burt
Vice & Trudi
Non-Exec Paul Devoy*
& SIM Dougall
Non-Exec Davie Flynn
Staff Jen Hogarth
Non-Exec Liam McCabe
The register of interests was last updated in October 2020 – this is done
annually to support the preparation of the College’s accounts or if there
is a significant change in a members registerable interests. Please note
that the members highlighted above with an * were appointed in March 2021
and are not on the register at this time. Similarly, the register contains
information for members whose tenure has ended since October 2020. Please
note under section 25 of the Act “Information Otherwise Accessible” this
register is published on the College website at
5. Please supply details of any payments made to any of the board members
in the last 12 months, and a summary of the purpose of each payment.
The Chair of the Board of Management is a remunerated position and the
level of these payments is set by Scottish Government. Please note under
section 25 of the Act “Information Otherwise Accessible” the College
accounts published on the College website at
contain the information for the previous academic year on page 30 and 31.
The Principal receives a salary as an employee and this is also published
in these accounts on page 30.
Jen Hogarth and Alistair McKean receive salaries as College employees.
This information is not being disclosed in line with Section 38(1)(b) of
the Act – Personal Information. This is an absolute exemption.
If you are not satisfied with the way in which your request has been dealt
with you are entitled, in the first instance, to request a review. Should
you wish to request such a review, please write to myself within 20
working days of the date of this email.
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for a decision. Their contact details are: Office of the Scottish
Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews,
Fife, KY16 9DS. Telephone 01334 464610.
Dr Ken Thomson OBE
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