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Secretary of state for Scotland Donald Dewar has appointed Bill Furness, formerly manager of BT Scotland, as chairm...
Secretary of state for Scotland Donald Dewar has appointed Bill Furness, formerly manager of BT Scotland, as chairman of the Scottish Council for Research in Education (SCRE) for a three year period.

David Dimmock, Standard Life, and Norris McKay, headteacher of Coatbridge High School, have been appointed as members of the board for the same period.

Mr Dewar said:

'I am delighted that Bill Furness has agreed to be chairman of SCRE and that David Dimmock and Norris McKay have both agreed to be members of the SCRE Board. Bill Furness has a keen interest in Scottish education and brings an extensive understanding of strategic and financial management to the post. David Dimmock and Norris McKay have wide experience in business and education respectively and will be valuable additions to the Board.'


1. SCRE was established in 1932 under a Memorandum and Articles as a private company limited by guarantee and not having shared capital. Its specific objectives are:

- to undertake independent, high quality research which provides support to Scottish education by giving policy-makers and practitioners information to assist in decisions and improving practice

- to make the best use of research findings by publication and dissemination of research findings in Scotland and enabling access to information about research for policy-makers and


- to encourage teachers and others to engage in research

- to arrange regular meetings of the National Research Forum which provides an opportunity for the dissemination of educational research findings, heightens awareness of research and assists in identifying priority areas for research

2. Bill Furness is the recently retired national manager of BT Scotland. He is currently chairman of Scottish Water and Sewerage Customer Council. His experience will be invaluable in offering strategic advice to SCRE on financial management, quality control and links between education and commerce.

3. David Dimmock is education liaison manager, Standard Life. He is responsible within the company for education and business links and will make a strong contribution from a business perspective, based on a sound understanding of education.

4. Norris McKay is headteacher, Coatbridge High School. He chairs the national Higher Still reference group for mathematics and has also chaired a national group for the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum. He has previous experience of SCRE and its work.

5. The chairman and members of the Scottish Council for Research in Education do not receive remuneration but are reimbursed necessary travel expenses. None is involved in any political activity.

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