Aileen McKechnie has been Director of Advanced Learning and Science since January 2015.
The Director of Advanced Learning and Science is responsible for the delivery of further and higher education, championing science through engagement, developing the young workforce, and fulfilling the 'Fraser Figure' role for the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
Prior to this appointment, Aileen was Director of Culture and Heritage. She is the Senior Responsible Officer for the Developing the Young Workforce programme.
She has worked in a variety of roles within the Scottish Government for 15 years covering higher education, culture, economy, external affairs and industry. She is a language graduate from Glasgow University where she also completed an MBA.