About

Hello!  And thankyou for taking an interest in my blog.  I want to offer an independent,  and I hope thoughtful, perspective on some of the things I care a good deal about.

I earn my living in two ways:

  • as Managing Director of The Mackinnon Partnership, a niche consultancy working primarily with public sector clients in the UK, and focusing on skills, employment and enterprise, often in the wider context of economic development;
  • as Secretary to the Maritime Skills Alliance, a UK-wide network of organisations across the maritime sector which sets skills standards for it and turns them into qualifications and apprenticeship frameworks.

I was a non-executive director of Pearson Education Ltd for seven years, which includes the Edexcel exam board.  I was a governor of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College for 14 years and chaired the Board from 2005-10.  I also chaired the West London Student Trust, the college’s charity, and encouraged other colleges to see the value in their alumni and the scope for voluntary fundraising.

You can contact me at iain[at]themackinnonpartnership.co.uk

PS  The photo is of MacBrayne’s fine ship, the RMS Claymore just off the pier at Scarinish, Isle of Tiree, in the summer of (probably) 1968.

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