Nigel Heath

Chair of Governors

Revd. Nigel Heath is married to Liz.  They have two sons and two grandchildren.  He studied at Lebanon Missionary Bible College, and was a missionary to the Igala in Nigeria for four years.  Further study at the Scottish Baptist College was followed by ten years of pastoral ministry at Abbeyhill Baptist Church, Edinburgh before a call to Westwood Baptist Church in 1996 where he currently serves as pastor.

Rev. Dr Ian Birch BD MTh MPhil


Born on the Wirral, Cheshire, Ian Birch has been in Baptist Pastoral Ministry for twenty five years. Before he joined SBC as a full-time member of staff in 2008 he had pastorates in Gillingham, Southsea, St Helens and Kirkintilloch.

In addition to leading the College, Ian’s specialist area is primarily in the area of biblical studies, but he also teaches in the areas of ethics, church history, Christian leadership and Baptist History and Identity. He has postgraduate degrees in theology (University of Wales/Spurgeon’s College), biblical studies (Open University/ICC), and a PhD in historical theology (University of St Andrews).

He is married to Elizabeth and they have two children.

Neil Robinson

Neil is College Treasurer and, after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, was a partner in a large city centre firm of Accountants for over 20 years before leaving in 2007. He now runs a small private accountancy practice. He is a member at Kingspark Baptist Church where he is involved as one of the Leaders, and is active in supporting various other charities as Trustee / Treasurer / Board member. Neil is married to Jean, with two grown up children.

Dr. Joan McDowell

Joan is a member of Adelaide Place Baptist Church where she has fulfilled various roles over many years.  Joan serves on other charities as a Trustee.  She has recently retired after a career in adult nursing with specialization in diabetes nursing. She spent 30 years in academic nursing in the University of Glasgow and served her time as Head of Nursing and Health Care and had a secondment to the Scottish Government in 2011-2013 to work in diabetes education. She is married to Bill, has two grown up daughters, one son-in-law and a grandson.

Chris Whitehead

Chris is the Managing Director of Facilitating Change (UK) Ltd. Facilitating Change specialise is the design, delivery and reporting of Public and Stakeholder Engagement programmes for contentious energy developments ensuring that communities can have a meaningful contribution to these discussions.

Chris was awarded the designation of Certified Professional Facilitator in October 2005 conferred by the International Association of Facilitators.

As well as a BSc (Hons) in Geography & Geology Chris has a MSc. (Distinction) in Information Systems Management at Stirling University. He has co-written a number of academic papers, which examined the use of Operational Research in the N.H.S. He has provided lecturing, coaching and supervisory support on a number of MBA and MSc. programmes within the School of Management at Stirling University.

Revd Alan Donaldson

Revd Alan Donaldson is the General Director of the Baptist Union of Scotland having taken up the post in April 2010. Before coming into his present post he was Senior Pastor in the Baptist churches of Leven and Dumfries.

His initial studies were undertaken at the London School of Theology where he graduated in 1991 with Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theology. In 1992 he moved to Moscow, Russia, to work with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, responsible for all aspects of children’s ministry. His return to the UK in 1993 saw him take up the role of Youth Pastor at Leven Baptist church. He was subsequently called as the assistant minister and in 1998 became the Senior Minister.

In April 2006 Alan moved with his family to take on the role of Senior Pastor at Dumfries Baptist Church where they served for 4 years before accepting the invitation to become General Director of the Baptist Union of Scotland.

Alan is married to Ruth, they have two teenage children and as a family they have been foster carers for 16 years. Alan is a keen cyclist in the summer and spends his winters curling for Cadder Curling Club where he is the Chaplain.

Mark Bentham

Stuart Reid

Professor Stuart Reid is a founding member of St Ninians Community Church in Stirling, where he serves on the leadership group and the worship team.  He leads a multidisciplinary team at the University of Strathclyde, is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland’s national academy) in 2019.  He has spent the last 17 years developing technology for gravitational wave detectors, and is co-inventor of “nanokicking”, where precise nanoscale vibrations are used to control the behaviour (and fate) of adult stem cells which can be used to grow bone in the lab from a patient’s own cells.  He is married to Mariela, who is expecting their first child in September 2019.