David C Watt, Executive Director
David C Watt, Executive Director for the Institute of Directors in Scotland, has a background of running his own business for over ten years – a consultancy focussed on individual and organisational development, particularly in the sport and leisure industry.
David spent two and a half years leading Scotland’s Millennium activities and celebration, encouraging a range of partners to contribute £11.6 million to the festivities for people and places throughout Scotland in the year 2000. He also has extensive experience in both the public and voluntary sectors.
On a personal note, he is a keen golfer and follower of rugby, with a non-party interest in politics and current affairs.
Talented and committed directors are vital to the nation’s prosperity and David is enthusiastic about the role the IoD can play in representing, developing and providing for its members to the benefit of them, their companies and so Scottish economy and industry.
Katherine McCudden, Head of Membership Support & Strategic Partnerships
Katherine supports all Scottish members and potential members with all they need to know about how the IoD can support them as a Director Emerging Director, Chair, NXD or Trustee. She is also responsible for growing the IoD Scotland in Scotland through membership and strategic partnerships. A business development, marketing & public relations professional with over 20 years’ experience, she has founded and directed her own business, worked as a consultant, a university visiting crisis PR lecturer, and has acted for businesses based in Scotland, UK, Europe and USA. She is also and non-executive director at Quality Scotland chaired by Sir Andrew Cubie. She is married with three sons, loves sailing, golf and cooking.
Patricia Huth, Regional Administrator
Trish has been with us since June 2011 as our Regional Administrator and is responsible for looking after all our IoD Scotland Members and also takes on the role of David’s PA.
Away from the office Trish and her husband enjoy sailing their yacht and love spending time with family and friends.
Professor Susan Deacon CBE, Chair IoD Scotland
Susan Deacon became Chair of IoD Scotland in 2015. Over the past 30 years she has worked widely in the fields of leadership, governance and strategic change and has held senior positions in both the private and public sectors.
Formerly an MSP and Scottish Government Minister, she stood down from elected office in 2007 and has since undertaken a diverse portfolio of leadership roles and change projects with a wide range of organisations. Susan is passionate about building strategic partnerships and collaborative leadership and works extensively at the interface between business, academia and policymakers.
She is currently Assistant Principal External Relations and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and holds a number of Non-Executive Director and Board positions. Susan was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for services to business, education and public service.
Avril Gall, Director Development
Avril Gall has over 25 years of experience working as a public sector employee, as a consultant, as a business owner and as a charity trustee.
Following 10 years working in the Economic Development Departments of Lothian Regional and City of Edinburgh Councils as a Business Information and Economic Development Officer Avril established her own company (Easy Access Database Designs Ltd) designing bespoke Microsoft Access Databases in 1997. Over the last 17 years she has worked with a variety of local, national and international organisations including SMEs, voluntary organisations, major charities, sports organisations, local government departments and further education establishments helping them develop, amongst other things, efficient Client Relationship Management systems and Financial Control and Reporting systems.
Avril managed the IoD Scotland’s ESF funded Corporate Governance Unit between 2003 and 2008 and has managed the administration and budgeting of the HIE Level Leadership Programme Networks and IoD Scotland’s Director Development Services since 2008.
Since 1996 Avril has been active in a variety of local and national sports, education and homeless charities providing IT/CRM support and advice and taking on key office bearer / trustee roles.