Meet The Team

For CVE Scotland to run, we need a great team. Who are they? Well, take a look and see…

Andy Bathgate

 Chair: Andy Bathgate (Chief Executive, Scripture Union Scotland) 

My day job is as Chief Exec of SU Scotland but my work with CVE fits very neatly with that. Schools are a major part of SU ministry and CVE has at its heart the aim of demonstrating that Christian values have a rightful part in Scottish education. And enhancing the confidence and skills of pupils, teachers, chaplains and parents in promoting Christian values sets the basis for our desire in SU that children and young people have the opportunity to explore the Bible and respond to the significance of Jesus. I gladly give my time to CVE!


Richard CotonSecretary: Richard Coton (formerly Head Teacher, Monifieth High School)

Richard Coton has worked as head teacher of a large secondary school, as leader of a national education think-tank, and as a member of various Scottish Government committees. He is currently Secretary of our Management Committee. He says, "I particularly love meeting Christians who support schools in so many creative ways, right across Scotland."



K Roy scaledTreasurer: Kenny Roy FCCA

Kenny Roy is a qualified Accountant, previously worked in business and latterly full time for a large church in Edinburgh. He now runs his own practice mainly supporting charities in Scotland. He was an active member of his children's secondary school board and charitable trust and part of a group from his church that intentionally sought to pray for and serve the staff, pupils and parents of their local school in practical ways.


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Megan Patterson

Megan is an Education Consultant for SIM (Serving in Mission). "I love to see Christian teachers all round the world developing a biblical approach to the whole of classroom life and I run seminars to that end. I am delighted to be part of CVE and to have the possibility of encouraging Scotland’s Christian teachers too."



Headshot VM1 Senior Administrator: Victoria Myles 

Victoria comes from a background of teaching in secondary schools and administrating for charities in England and is delighted to provide support and networking to further Christian values in schools. Victoria, her husband, and their two sons live at Scripture Union's Alltnacriche centre. She would be very pleased to hear from anyone who would like more information about any of CVE Scotland's work.



Sandra Blair

Sandra works for British Youth for Christ as their Local Ministries Development Manager: Scotland as well as serving as a Chaplain for one of Glasgow’s secondary schools for the last 6 years.

Sandra says: "I am sure we can all remember a wide variety of educational experiences from our own school days. I am passionate that every pupil, teacher, chaplain, schools worker & parent have the best resources & training to work from in learning about the Christian faith and understanding what living those values out looks like on a day to day basis."

Sandra considers it a privilege to be involved in the development of CVE Scotland.


Barbara Coupar

As Director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service, Barbara has responsibility for looking after all aspects of education on behalf of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Scotland. Barbara's appointment began in August 2016, prior to this she was Religious Education adviser for Glasgow and Motherwell dioceses.


Vincent Anthony Docherty

Vincent is now Head of Secondary Education and Additional Support within Aberdeenshire Council. He was previously a Head Teacher in John Paul Academy in the north west of Glasgow where he was an active member of CHAS (Catholic Head Teacher Association Scotland). He is passionate about education and the opportunity for young people to be exposed to and learn about Christian Values.


Steve Younger

Steve has been the minister of High Blantyre Baptist Church since 1986. He was involved in School Chaplaincy as a Student Pastor, so has been active in Schools for longer than he has been a Pastor. His School chaplaincies have covered a wide range from Primary through Secondary as well as ASN and ASD. He has just completed a PhD thesis at the University of Glasgow on 'Religious Observance and Spiritual Development within Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence' with a Viva to come later this year. Steve is a co-opted member of the Church of Scotland Education Committee and is committed to CVE's values and vision.


Margaret MacDonald

Margaret worked as Headteacher of a large primary school with secondments as HMIe Associate Assessor, as Quality Improvement Officer in her local council and as Associate Headteacher with another school.  Since retirement she has moved to Jaffa, Israel, to take up the position of Principal in the Church of Scotland school for children from 5-18 years of age, for a four year stint.  She continues to serve on the CVE Management Committee as a member.  She loves to hear and discuss ways in which people serve schools in order to bring the love of God into children's lives.


Andy Smith

Andy has been Head Teacher at Carluke High School since 2013 and in the past few years has been both Vice-President and President of School Leaders Scotland.  As well as being on the Management Committee for CVE Scotland, Andy is also one of our speakers and presents at CVE events across Scotland.  


Sandra Sutherland

Sandra has been involved with education since leaving university. Her teaching background is Additional Support Needs. She has held a number of posts in specialist provision and integrated provision.  Sandra gets excited at seeing children and young people reach their potential. 

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