Former Chief Executive Officer of SSERC
Fred was born in Perth, in 1958, where he also completed his primary and secondary education. He graduated from the University of Dundee in 1980, following which he spent several years working in mining and mineral exploration overseas. On return to the UK, Fred undertook an MSc and Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Geology at Imperial College, University of London.
After this, he worked for several Engineering Consultants and was involved in the management of a number of projects across the UK. Including designing and supervising the excavation of a major road tunnel on the North Wales coast road.
Fred was married in North Wales in 1988 and shortly afterwards, he decided on a change of career direction and, after completing a PGCE, he taught Chemistry and Science in schools in England and Scotland for 10 years.
In 1999, Fred joined the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC - a Scottish National science and technology advisory and professional development service) as the Chemistry Adviser. By 2003 he was the Chief Executive Officer, a position he held until he retired recently at the end of June 2017. In this role, Fred worked closely with Local and National politicians, Local Authority officers, the Scottish Government, Government agencies and a number of charitable trusts. He was also a member of several National Committees and Chair of a number of Advisory Boards.
During Fred’s time at SSERC, the organisation became established as the leading provider of Professional Development for STEM school education professionals in Scotland.
Fred is a Fellow of the Geological Society, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and was a member of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES).