Senior Management

Principal of ESMS, Linda Moule

A welcome from our Principal

Mrs Linda Moule

Linda Moule is a graduate in Theology from the University of Manchester and has held teaching and management position in schools and colleges in Bristol, Stockport, Manchester and Kent before being appointed to the position of Vice Principal of New Hall School, Chelmsford in 2004.  In 2009, she was appointed to the role of Head of The Mary Erskine School Senior School and in 2016, she became Vice-Principal of the Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools (ESMS).  After nine years at the helm of The Mary Erskine School, she became the first female Principal of the three schools, which make up the ESMS family, in August 2018.  She is married with two sons.

Head of ESMS Junior School

Mike Kane

Born and educated in Belfast, Mike left the Emerald Isle to study his MA in English Literature at the University of Aberdeen before then going on to take his PGDE.  Teaching began in Aberdeen and Elgin before soon after taking up a post at Stewart's Melville College as a teacher of English with a side line in coaching hockey and cricket.  Mike joined the management team at Stewart's Melville College 15 years ago, before more recently ‘jumping ship’ to become Headmaster of the Junior School.  He is married with three children.  As a younger man, his two main interests were karate and cricket.  There are still the occasional forays into the social side of cricket at Inverleith, but mostly time is taken up watching his and everyone else’s children perform on the stage or the sports field.

Head of The Mary Erskine School

Kirsty Nicholson

Kirsty was appointed as Head of The Mary Erskine Senior School in August 2018, having been on the school management team since 2006.  She has spent most of her career at ESMS.  Stewart’s Melville College first saw her teach Geography but, within a few years, she was promoted to become a Principal Teacher of Guidance and moved to The Mary Erskine School, where her focus has been in the pastoral side of school life.  Kirsty gained her PGCE at Jordanhill in Glasgow, after graduating in Geography and Economic and Social History from The University of Edinburgh.  Kirsty loves living in Edinburgh with her family, enjoying all it has to offer.  In her spare time, she enjoys keeping fit, vegetarian cooking, walks with her dogs and spending time in the Scottish Borders.  

Head of Stewart's Melville College

Neal Clark

Born in London and educated at a Grammar School whose motto translates as ‘worth not birth’, Neal Clark read English at Oxford University and qualified as a teacher at Homerton College Cambridge in 1983.  His first teaching post was in a rural comprehensive, before moving to King Edward’s School, Bath and then Kirkham Grammar School.  He has been Head of Stewart's Melville College since 1999 where he teaches English, evolutionary anthropology and contributes to the performing arts, outdoor education and sports programmes.  He still believes in the old adage that ‘every day is a school day’ after 37 years in the profession!


Jonathan Molloy

Jonathan was appointed as Bursar to the Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools in June 2009.  Before becoming a Bursar, he spent ten years with Diageo, having joined what was then Guinness plc as a graduate trainee straight from Worcester College, Oxford.  He subsequently dabbled in management consultancy for KPMG and then spent eight years in a general management role with Aegon UK.  Jonathan’s mother was a primary school teacher, his father was a primary school headmaster and he is married to a secondary school teacher, so he was destined to end up working in the education sector.  Outside of work, Jonathan is the President of Linlithgow Reed Band, with whom he very much enjoys playing the cornet.

Director of ICT

Stuart Jackson

Stuart has been teaching at Stewart's Melville College for over a decade and has a wealth of experience in the sciences where he has led classes in a vibrant department.  He also coaches rugby at the school and as a keen mountaineer he is heavily involved in the outdoor education programme at all ages.  His degree in Guided Weapon Systems and his career in the military have fed his interest in how technology is aimed at aiding teachers to teach and students to learn.  He is motivated by making the complex nature of his role simple and tailoring a strategy to suit over 5000 parents, staff and pupils in an ever-changing world.