Our People

Dunja Burke
Founding Director

Dunja is a fellow of The Higher Education Academy and has worked in the further and higher education sector since 2004. Prior to that she worked in the financial and construction industries and held positions with senior responsibility for training, mentoring and recruitment. Dunja’s teaching and learning work spans a range of transitional and transformational courses including employability, information technology, transition into further education and personal development. She has worked with a range of private and public-sector clients including NSS, North Ayrshire Council and the University of the West of Scotland and more recently Dunja became an approved lecturer at Fife College. Qualified in social and business studies, HR, information technology and with a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Dunja is passionate about teaching and mentoring and the difference the right skills and support can make to people and the outcomes they can achieve.

Carol Cooper
Board Member

Carol has worked in the private and voluntary sectors, both here and abroad. She ran her own successful interior design service for many years and, more recently, was long-time volunteer working with vulnerable adults across Ayrshire. She now runs her own project designing baby clothes and accessories and brings great first-hand experience of challenges and opportunities of equality and inclusion, and how that can set you up or hold you back, in the working world.

Mary Flynn Scott
Board Member

Mary is a creative and highly motivated dynamic professional with extensive experience working within communities to build community capacity, community cohesion and resilience. During Mary’s career, which has included experience within both statutory and non-statutory settings, she has been involved in a range of innovative projects and pilots from concept to development. Mary’s experiences; include partnership working, project development and design with a proven track-record of multi-disciplinary partnership working with key stakeholders within the North Ayrshire region.

Susan England
Board Member

Susan is a teacher and community education worker, who has worked particularly with people of Black and minority ethnic origin and their families. She’s an experienced equalities trainer who works with others to tackle individual, community and institutional bigotry. For many years Susan ran Edinburgh’s only multi-cultural education centre for women, developing social and educational programmes and supporting the formation of new local and national organisations that now help people access education, housing, health, social work and employment.