Gender Equality Conference
Michael Cross
Chair, Gender Governance Group
Scottish Funding Council

Michael has been in post since October 2016, having successfully applied for the position as a secondment from the Scottish Government. He has overall responsibility for outcome agreements (OAs) with Scotland’s colleges and universities, and for ensuring that the Council’s ambitions for access and skills are appropriately advanced - including the priority they are accorded in OAs.

Prior to his current position, Michael led the Scottish Government Division responsible for college policy (including the regionalisation programme that formed part of the Government’s post-16 learning reforms), and was Programme Director for the Government’s seven-year programme to implement Develop Scotland’s Young Workforce, SG’s youth employment strategy; he also managed the Government’s relations with the Scottish Funding Council.

Before that, Michael led delivery of both Determined to Succeed, the Government's framework for enterprise and entrepreneurship in education, and of More Choices, More Chances, its strategy for reducing the number of young people not in education, employment or training.

Before moving to Scotland, Michael held a range of positions in what is now the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
David Bass
Scotland Programme Manager
Equality Challenge Unit
Eleanor Cannon
Chair of Scottish Golf
Scottish Golf
Eleanor is a highly qualified director with an engrained passion for golf. A graduate from the University of St Andrews, Eleanor started her career with Marks & Spencer PLC, before serving nine years at Tesco PLC where she became a General Manager and then Global Head of Customer Service.
Craig Davidson
Student, HNC in Care and Administrative Practice
Glasgow Clyde College
Charlotte Govan
Improving Gender Balance Project Officer
Scotland Education Scotland / Institute of Physics
Charlotte Govan has been working for the Institute of Physics’ Improving Gender Balance Scotland pilot project since its inception in 2015. Prior to this she worked as a science communicator for a number of Scottish organisations and once upon a time was an analytical chemist.
Suzanne Marshall
College Development Network
Daniel McBride
Student in childcare at New College Lanarkshire
Karen Murray
Head of National Training Programmes Development Skills
Skills Development Scotland

Karen joined Skills Development Scotland in February 2010 and has a key role in the strategic developments in relation to the National Training Programmes including the Modern Apprenticeships and Employability Fund. She is responsible for the development and delivery of the Equality Action Plan for Modern Apprenticeships and a wider remit for overseeing external equality focussed activity for SDS

Shirley-Anne Somerville
Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science
Scottish Government
Kenny Spence
Project Manager
Men in Childcare
Kenny Spence, is a tireless campaigner for the need to have more men working in childcare. He has been responsible for the setting up and success of various childcare initiatives, including the hugely successful Men in Childcare Project, which since 2001 has had over 2000 male students undertake college based childcare training.
Kay Steven
Policy Officer
Equality Challenge Unit
Evelyn Walker
Chair of Gender Work Stream for Digital Skills (Digital Scotland)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)
Evelyn (Lyn) Walker is the Chairperson of Skills Development Scotland – Digital Technologies Skills Group - Gender Gap initiative. Evelyn also mentors and coaches primary and secondary School Students, as well as the mentoring of Under Graduates at UWS. Evelyn also works closely with Young Enterprise Scotland, where she is a Business Advisor to the Teachers and Students.
Talat Yaqoob

Talat Yaqoob is the Director of Equate Scotland, the national expert on women and STEM. She has a background in public affairs, campaigning and equalities. She has previously worked on education rights, women’s representation in politics, tackling violence against women and mental health and wellbeing.