Who’s Who

Christine Percival MBE

Christine has more than 40 years of experience in education. She worked at the University of Strathclyde for over 20 years and developed “Challenge in Learning”, a powerful mode of thinking that believes everyone should be challenged at all stages of life to develop and progress. In the 1990s, she was seconded to the SCCC (Education Scotland) as a Curriculum Development Officer. In 2010-11 she established her own company (The Knowledge Exchange Partnership Ltd.) The company was active in developing CPD for education professionals in a number of local authorities and in 2013 KEEP was appointed as education consultants to Transport Scotland’s Queensferry Crossing. This paved the way for creating a framework in 2015 for an educational programme called Academy9, bringing together education and infrastructure professionals to deliver a new and exciting approach to STEM learning and setting a benchmark for other infrastructure investment projects.


Sonia Grant – Consultant

Sonia is an experienced teacher, trainer, coach and mentor committed to supporting and motivating people to achieve the very best they can. She has worked in education for 30 years in various roles ranging from, PE teacher (primary and secondary), PT of Pupil Support, PT of ASN. Since leaving teaching in 2012, she started her own company called Mindset UK which focuses on creating and delivery interactive, engaging programmes to schools, businesses and sport on developing self belief, confidence and resilience.

For the last 4 years she has been the Project Lead for developing Growth Mindset in schools and nurseries in 5 local authorities as well as being a National Trainer for Sportscotland from 2010-2017.

She has acquired a unique set of skills and tools over the past 6 years which include a Coaching Certificate (ILM Level 5), a Counselling Certification (COSCA), NLP practitioner and Energy Psychology practitioner. Her skills lie in developing training courses, facilitating workshops and connecting with people to bring the very best out of them.


Marie Leucci – Associate Consultant

Marie is an educational consultant. She has used her knowledge on all aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence to deliver continuing professional development programmes throughout all educational sectors. She has also advised on curriculum content and design to national bodies, the most recent being her role in the production of educational materials for The Queensferry Crossing and the A9 dualling project.

Inspired by the impact that language learning can have on raising achievement, Marie has been recognised for her teaching and learning methodologies. She has written a series of interactive language learning books now in use in primary schools. She has also set up educational partnerships between schools as well as Local Education Authorities in European countries.


Paula Cleary – Associate Consultant

Paula Cleary is a consultant member of KEEP and has worked in education for over 20 years.
Her particular areas of expertise are in qualitative research and evaluation and for 10 years she worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning (CRLL) based at Glasgow Caledonian University.
She has considerable experience of leading research projects, interviewing on a one-to-one basis and conducting focus groups.
She has written several academic papers and chapters in the areas of RPL and cultures of learning as well as presenting at conferences and seminars.



Amanda Baldwin – Associate Consultant

After completing a PGCE in Secondary Education in 1996, Amanda taught undergraduate and adult education whilst completing a MLitt (2001). She then worked in projects management and human resources in the private sector until joining the Summer Academy @Strathclyde team in 2004. She has delivered CPD for teachers both nationally and internationally, co taught a Bed elective and worked with third year Business Managment Development Programme students on the Social Responsibility pathway since 2014. She has been involved in the Children’s University at Strathclyde and has been the Project Officer for FOCUS West S3 and S4 elements since 2008, developing the programme and working collaboratively with college and school partners.


Martin McKenna – Associate Consultant

Martin is an educational consultant with KEEP and is an experienced practitioner within the primary sector in Scotland. Martin is committed to on-going professional development and is passionate about further developing education through collaboration and research-based knowledge. He has further developed the use of action research to improve learning and teaching through his master’s degree in Professional Learning and Enquiry from the University of Glasgow.
Martin has a passion for digital technologies and STEM subjects within the primary sector. He was recently recognised for his work in developing STEM within the primary curriculum and was the recipient of the National Stem Award for Excellence in STEM Teaching for Primary Scotland 2019.


Sooz Young – Associate Consultant

Sooz has been involved in training for the last eighteen years across multiple industries, including mentoring at Strathclyde University, private music tutoring and teaching English as a foreign language in Japan. More recently, she has been involved in the Technology Training Industry, including four years as a trainer with Apple. At Apple she worked with staff, customers and small business owners to help them understand their technology in a way that had a positive impact on their lives. The work with small businesses and educational institutions led to a change of direction for Sooz and in 2017 she formed Technology Coaching Ltd. Her company provides digital skills training to small businesses and educational institutions. She has partnered with Google Digital Garage and now Facebook to deliver digital skills training In Scotland to help bridge the gap in skills for the future workforce.


Janet Cole – Associate Consultant

Janet has worked in further and higher education for over 25 years as a lecturer and consultant. She has a wealth of teaching experience in economics, research methods, maths and interdisciplinary social sciences. She has conducted research on behalf of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and the Open University in Scotland (OUiS). This research has involved facilitating focus groups, one-to-one interviewing and surveying participants from schools, colleges, universities and employers. Janet also writes and verifies economics materials for national bodies.



Aoife Barrett – Associate Consultant

Aoife’s background is in Psychology (BA, MSc) and she has worked in various settings related to this field of study, from hospitals to educational and community settings. She has always been passionate about wellbeing and she has a keen interest in human behaviour and learning. She is particularly interested in finding ways to optimise these, both personally and professionally. Aoife’s current work focuses around mindset, resilience and wellbeing in education.




Frances Thom – Associate Consultant

Frances is a science graduate and taught maths in secondary schools before moving into the further education sector. She worked at Langside College for two decades during which time she became Head of Faculty, responsible for various community campuses and projects which focussed on literacies, core skills and employability programmes for disadvantaged young people and adults.

After enhancing her training development and delivery expertise as well as her review and evaluation skills as Quality Officer for SCQFP, she became an independent education consultant.

Besides training development and delivery, most of her contracts have included support for and review of projects and documentation related to skills and employability. She has recently been contracted by SQA, SDS, ENABLE Scotland, SCQFP and Edinburgh City Council. She is also one of a small team of UK ECVET Experts (European Credit System for Vocational Education Training) and is the UK’s non-governmental representative on the European ECVET Users’ Group.

Bob McGowan – Associate Consultant

Bob holds a Diploma, BEd Honours and an MSc. He has extensive experience in senior positions in education in schools, local authorities and in government.

Bob currently works as a Performance and Executive Coaching Consultant in education, business and sport supporting senior leaders and teams in the areas of performance, leadership, relationship/team and personal development in adopting high performance behaviours.

He has experience of working with school leaders and management teams, business owners, chief executives and executive teams, GB Olympic sports coaches and international athletes in aspects of performance development.

Bob adopts innovative approaches in supporting and challenging clients to grow, tapping into their internal resources to release potential.

In addition to the development of individuals and executive teams this approach has resulted in positive culture shifts, organizational re-structuring, more effective processes and enhanced performance including bottom line statistics.


Bobby Mackie – Associate Consultant

Dr Bobby Mackie is a Senior Lecturer in Public Sector Management at the University of the West of Scotland School of Business and Enterprise. He holds a doctorate in public service performance measurement and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. Dr. Mackie has particular expertise in organisational performance management and talent management in public services. In recent years he has provided advice and support to the Scottish Government, the Department for International Development, the Sudan Electoral Commission, the Uganda Management Institute, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, NHS Grampian and NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Enterprise, the City of Edinburgh Council and multiple Scottish local authorities. In 2017 Dr. Mackie completed a comprehensive research project on Talent Management in Public Services and contributed to an international research-based text on Outcomes-Based Organisational Performance Management.


Alan Wright – Company Secretary

Alan is a qualified accountant with many years experience across a number of different industry sectors.

Most recently, he has acted as a director/owner of a number of privately owned healthcare businesses. His involvement in this sector has made him acutely aware of the enormous impact that high standards of service can have on the success of a business.

Previously, Alan was Director of Finance and a member of the senior management team of Northern College of Education until the College merged with Aberdeen and Dundee universities.

Alan’s early career covered a variety of accounting roles with Britoil, BP and Andersen Consulting.