Meet the Executive

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Technlogy is one of the most progressive subjects on the curriculum and as such requires continual development and support, which is readily available from the association.

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Alison Freeman- Editor


I am a DET Teacher in Levenmouth Academy, Fife. We’ve just moved into the biggest and most expensive school that the Scottish Government has built. I am the Editor of the TTA’s website content and previously was the Editor of the printed journals. If I get any spare time, I enjoy baking and travelling. You can follow my professional twitter @MrsFreemanDET

Lee Dunn- HE Representative

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Lee is a lecturer in Education, Technology and Future Life and Degree Programme Leader for Technology Education at The University of Glasgow. He has been teaching for 16 years. He was previously a Principal Teacher of Pupil Support and a teacher of Design and Technology. Lee spent two years seconded to The Scottish Government Lifelong Learning Directorate, before taking up a post as a local authority funded, Excellence for All Coordinator. Lee is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Senior Fellow of the University Teaching Staff, a member of the UNESCO-IBE Community of Practice for Curriculum Development and is currently the Higher Education Representative for the Scottish Technology Teachers Association.

Claire Ferns- Communication SecretaryProfile

Claire is a Design Engineering Technology Teacher currently taking a sabbatical from work. She attended Strathclyde University and received her HNC in Chemical Engineering before moving to UWS to complete her degree in Product Design and Development Engineering. She completed her PDGE at Strathclyde in 2012 and did her probation year at Alloa Academy. She has since worked in Perth before moving to a small village in Dumfries and Galloway and working supply within the region as well as at Dalry Primary school. She had to take a break from teaching for her health. She is STEM-mad having done a number of projects and competitions and is a marker for the SQA. She joined the TTA as a University student and now sits as Communications Secretary.

Tommy Boag

Tommy is a Design and Technology teacher at St Columba’s in Kilmacolm. He has been a teacher for over 30 years and has worked in many schools in the west of Scotland. He has taught and teaches the whole range of subjects covered in our curriculum area. He has been a member of the TTA since college. He coordinates a forum  for the technology teacher in the Independents sector and runs meetings and training session for teachers.

Jayde Malloch


Jayde is a Design and Technology teacher currently working at Westhill Academy in Aberdeenshire. She undertook her probation year at Gryffe High school in Renfrewshire. She attended Glasgow University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Technological Education with Honours in 2016 and is studying for her Master of Education: Professional Learning & Enquiry part time through distance learning, also at the University of Glasgow, with aims of one day obtaining a PHD. Jayde is very passionate about STEM subjects and has taken part in several competitions during university and her NQT year with the highlight being her pupils’ future design ideas being added to a time capsule buried by Princess Anne at the IET offices in London. She joined the TTA in her third year of university and is determined to work together to make it the best it can be for all of our members and to attract more prospective teachers into our discipline.

Andy McKune

Andy is the Principal Teacher of Design & Technology at St Ninian’s High School, Kirkintilloch. He gained a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Technological Education at the University of Glasgow in 2005.  He completed his probation year and subsequently secured a full time teaching post at St Ambrose High School, Coatbridge where he taught until October 2016 before taking up his new post at St Ninian’s High School.  Andy has been an SQA marker for Graphic Communication for a number of years and a local Nominee for the subject.  He has also written course material which has been used at Authority level.   Andy has recently joined the executive committee and is looking forward to contributing back to the TTA after winning TTA Student of Year in 2005.

Caroline McFarlane


Caroline was recently appointed Faculty Head of Creative Industries (Art, Design, Music and Technology) at Banff Academy in Aberdeenshire having previously served as Principal Teacher of Design and Technology at Keith Grammar in Moray.  After completing her degree in Architecture, she worked in the film, theatre and television industry as a set and production designer before undertaking her PGDE at the University of Strathclyde.  She recently completed her Master of Education studies through the University of Dundee where she
focussed on the new assessment format in Technical subjects and the resultant impact on uptake and attainment.  She is now undertaking her Professional Doctorate at the University of Stirling and has received Professional Recognition from the GTCS for her contributions to Educational Enquiry and Research.

Neil Hunter

I have been teaching in Portlethen Academy for the past 17 years, before which I was in Torry and Mearns Academies.  I joined the TTA 20 years ago and was persuaded to join the Executive 15 years ago. Since then I have contributed to the journal, been Minute Secretary and am now Vice President; suppose next job will be President.  I have 5 years of my teaching career left so we despirately need young members to join the team and take the TTA on into the future.