Chair of Governors
Born in Edinburgh, Maureen studied Theology and History at Birmingham University continuing onto a career teaching Religious Education to Advanced Level, serving as Head of Faculty. Upon moving back to Scotland, Maureen moved into Learning and Development and HR, specialising in Leadership Development, working with FTSE100 businesses and public sector organisations, latterly as Department Head. Maureen is now an independent consultant and a member of Stirling Baptist Church, where she served as Deacon, Church Secretary and Director/Trustee. She is married to Stephen and they have two grown daughters.
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 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.
Professor 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.
Originally from Leeds, Laura graduated from University of Leeds after studying Theology and Philosophy. After which she pursued a career in NHS Research Ethics, later studying this to postgraduate level at Keele University. She moved to Glasgow in 2010 and retrained as a kiltmaker to ensure flexibility and meet the demands of a young family. She has been a member of Kirkintilloch Baptist Church since moving to Scotland.
She is married to Dave Gilmour (not of Pink Floyd fame) and they have two sons.