Colleges as Enablers of Sustainable, Inclusive Economic Growth

Starting in November 2021, over 8-9 months the programme is providing a semi-structured framework for facilitating self-reflective and honest conversations initially with college senior leaders and latterly with them and their partners by applying a unique diagnostic tool to review and refocus the strategies of college regions as anchor institutions for enabling collaborative regional economic recovery and renewal.

Programme Outcome

Scotland’s colleges are playing a leading role in the design and delivery of regional economic strategies and are enabling inclusive economic recovery and renewal by closely aligning their purpose to meeting the rapidly evolving needs of learners and employers.

Objectives of the Programme:


Work with college regions to understand their role in supporting regional economic recovery and shaping economic renewal


Facilitate college-led engagement with Regional Economic Partnerships to highlight and promote colleges’ role in design and delivery of Regional Economic Strategies


Support colleges to develop impact-focused action plans for their engagement in delivery of regional economic recovery and renewal


Work with CDN to develop sector-wide best practice knowledge sharing, case studies, learning and leadership development

Who we are

Discover more about our team members by selecting their individual profiles below:

Dr Paul Smart

Independent Consultant, MacraeSmart Consulting

Ross Martin

Chair, Forth Valley College

Dr Willie Mackie

Deputy Chair of Scottish Enterprise and former Chair of Ayrshire College

Jennifer Lewis

Project Support Administrator

Victoria Underwood

Head of Leadership, Governance and Research at CDN