Governing Council

The Governing Council works with our Senior Management team to develop the standards and opportunities demanded at Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools. 


Ken Pritchard

Ken Pritchard, BSc FRICS ACIArb is the principal of Pritchard Property Consultants LLP.  Schooled at Dundee High School and Daniel Stewart’s and Melville College, Ken went on to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor in 1986.  He is a member of The Royal Company of Merchants of Edinburgh, a former Assistant of the Court.  Ken is married, has two adult children who both attended ESMS and has completed a circumnavigation of our planet in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Member of Advisory Finance Committee

David Bradley-Bird

David Bradley-Bird is the co-founder and Director of Multiply, an award-winning Marketing Agency with offices in Edinburgh and London. As an experienced marketeer he works with many blue-chip companies specialising in digital communication and delivery of learning strategies. Educated at Midfield School in Somerset, he grew up in Hertfordshire before moving to Edinburgh in 1997 to further his career. He is member of the Merchant Company along with several industry related bodies. David is an SFA qualified football coach and coaches 2005 year group at Curries Star Football Club. He is married with two teenage children and keeps active through running, gym and participating in running events and triathlons.

Chair of ESMSJCC, Member of Audit and Risk Committee

Dame Sue Bruce

Dame Sue Bruce, DBE DL, is a non-executive director with SSE PLC; Chair of Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO); Convener of Court at the University of Strathclyde; Prince's Foundation Trustee and Electoral Commissioner for Scotland. She is also Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh. Sue is a member of the Merchant Company of Edinburgh. Sue served in Local Government for almost forty years. Her most recent post was Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council and she previously served as Chief Executive at Aberdeen City Council and Chief Executive at East Dunbartonshire Council. 

Council Member

Paul Fletcher

Paul Fletcher is Chief Architect for Email, and a Distinguished Engineer, at Symantec.  Prior to that he was technology founder and Chief Architect at MessageLabs.  He has thirty-five years’ experience in the software industry, twenty of them in Cyber Security, with other roles including proprietor of an IT consultancy, and Software Engineer at Hewlett Packard.  His children Ross and Skye are former pupils of ESMS.  When not huddled over a computer screen he can usually be found cycling or supporting his family in their various endeavours.

Member of Academic Policy Committee

David Girdwood

David Girdwood has a long association with the schools having joined Stewart's Melville College in 1987 as Head of Chemistry, later becoming Head of Upper School. In 2002 he was appointed as Rector of St Columba’s School, Kilmacolm, serving for 15 years until his retirement in 2017. David is a Deputy Lieutenant of Renfrewshire and serves as a governor of The Glasgow Academy. His interests include rugby and walking.

Member of Buildings Committee, Parents’ Liaison Committee and Central Planning Group

Pamela Grant

Pamela Grant (BSC Hons, RICS) is the owner and Director of Pamela Grant Developments Limited set up in 2015, offering professional  property advice from initial feasibility to project delivery. She  also works part time at Scottish Futures Trust, an infrastructure delivery company owned by the Scottish Government. Pamela was previously a Director at Miller Developments for over 22 years and a former Chair of the British Council of Offices in Scotland.  After attending Friends’ Grammar School in Northern Ireland, she went on to study Estate Management at  Heriot Watt University. Pamela is married to David and they have two boys currently at ESMS. Her interests include travelling, skiing and horse riding. 

Child Protection and GIRFEC Representative

Hester Innes

Hester Innes is a specialist doctor in Public Health Medicine, working in the areas of national healthcare planning, health and social care information/data and intelligence.  She is an expert in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and has interests in research and ethics.  She enjoys cycling, walking and reading.

Member of Audit and Risk Committee

Barbara Leckstein

Barbara Leckstein is a former pupil of The Mary Erskine School and a graduate of Edinburgh College of Domestic Science and of Moray House College of Education. She went on to teach Domestic Science. Whereafter, she was a Director of three companies in retail and contract furnishing. Later she was sole proprietor of The Designer Curtain Studio from which she retired in 2015. Barbara is currently involved with Queen Margaret University's Department of Costume and Design. Additionally, she is a Business Adviser with Young Enterprise Scotland. Barbara is an active member of The Royal Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh and is a former Assistant on the Master's Court.

Member of Advisory Finance Committee

Judy Philips

Judy Phillips is Recruitment Director of CHASE Search & Selection Ltd, a leading Pharmaceutical Recruitment Agency and Contract Sales provider in the UK. With over 30 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry including 5 years’ experience as 1st Line Manager, Judy is responsible for CHASE's strategic operation and managing the consultancy team. Judy also brings a wealth of HR experience having started her career as an HR Manager at BHS. Her son Lewis is a former pupil having attended nursery, primary and senior school.   

Council Member

Ken Richards

Ken Richards, FCILT, is a retired Director of TNT in the UK. He was educated at Melville College from where he attended The Edinburgh College of Commerce. His working life of over forty years, was spent in management positions with NFC (National Freight Corporation) and TNT and was profit responsible for operations in Scotland and England. He is a member of the Royal Company of Merchants and currently is an Assistant on the Master's Court. He enjoys golf at Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society and watching rugby. He is married to Pauline and they have two grown up children.

Council Member

Malcolm Rust

Malcolm Rust MA (Hons) LLB Dip LP NP is a partner and Head of the Private Client and Charities teams at Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP. He started his legal career with S&W in 1992, and acts for charities, trusts and individual clients. He is an accredited specialist in charity law by the Law Society of Scotland. Malcolm is a member of The Royal Merchant Company, Assistant of the Court and sits on the Audit & Risk Committee. He is married to Gill. Malcolm went to school at Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen, and thereafter went to St Andrews, Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities, undertaking a History degree before turning his sights on Law. He currently has one child at ESMS (two have already left). Malcolm enjoys the hills, running, cooking and music. Next to Gill, the love of his life is Dougall, their Cockapoo. 

Chair of Buildings Committee, Member of Central Planning Group and Advisory Finance Committee

Alasdair Seale

Alasdair Seale is the owner and Managing Director of Trinity Factors, the Bruntsfield-based property factoring and letting agency, and is a past President of the Property Managers Association of Scotland.  He is a former pupil of Stewart’s Melville College and was a Governor from 2008 until 2011, having been appointed while an Assistant on the Master’s Court of the Merchant Company.  Alasdair is semi-retired and now spends more time volunteering: both hands-on, for example in Tanzania, and as a trustee of several local charities and voluntary organisations.  His interests are family, Rotary International and, in his leisure time, wild swimming. 

Chair of Audit and Risk Committee, Member of Advisory Finance Committee

Pamela Smyth

Pamela Smyth is the General Counsel and Company Secretary at Forth Ports Limited, the statutory harbour authority responsible for navigation and marine activity in the Forth and Tay.  Forth Ports Limited is also the owner and operator of eight ports in the UK offering cargo handling and storage facilities.  In this role Pamela is responsible for all governance and legal matters affecting the company.  Before joining Forth Ports, Pamela was the Group Legal Director and Company Secretary of the Miller Group Limited.  Pamela is a law graduate from the University of Edinburgh. Pamela has been a governor since September 2009 and is currently the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a Trustee of the Merchant Company Retirement Benefit Scheme.