The Senior Management Team

Rector: Mr Colin Gambles

Mr Colin Gambles joins Hutchesons' from Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen, where he was Deputy Head. He is a graduate of Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and a PGCE in Biology and Integrated Science.

Mr Gambles is married with four children. He plays and coaches hockey and likes to keep fit and healthy skiing, walking, canoeing and mountain biking. He is also a keen expedition leader, usually to jungle environments, such as Borneo and Belize.

Bursar & Clerk to the Governors: Mr John McColgan

John McColgan BSc, CPFA joined Hutchesons’ Grammar School in July 2017. After studying at Glasgow University, he worked in audit and accountancy roles in local and central government before moving to the University of Strathclyde where he remained for 14 years. From 2007 until 2017, he was Bursar at Wellington School. He is married with five children. Away from work, his interests include cycling, running and his local choir.



Senior Depute Rector: Mr Mike Martin

Michael Martin, schooled at Dumfries Academy, graduated from Heriot-Watt University with BSc (Hons) in Mathematics with Education in the mid-80’s. Teaching followed, first at George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh, then south to Abingdon School in Oxfordshire were he combined teaching Maths with Master i/c Rowing and Boarding House tutor duties. Appointed Middle Master at Abingdon, Mike took responsibility for the Pastoral and Academic needs of 450 boys in S3-5 for 10 years, until joining Hutchesons’ in 2008 as Senior Depute Rector. Married to Alison, herself a Primary and Learning Support teacher (also currently at Hutchie), their three girls, Ailsa, Lucy and Isobel, are moving (successfully!) through the Secondary School. Mike enjoys running, rowing and coaching, travelling and laughing.

Depute Rectors

Mr Colin Bagnall: Curriculum

Colin has a History Degree and MA from St John’s College Cambridge, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Queen’s University Belfast and a Masters in Education Management from the Open University. Beginning his teaching career in Edinburgh, Colin has held posts in boarding and academic contexts in Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, Leighton Park School, Reading, Dollar Academy, Clackmannanshire and Stewart’s Melville College, Edinburgh, where he was Head of History before taking up the newly created post of Director of Curriculum at Hutchesons’ Grammar School in 2006, responsible for all matters relating to the academic life of the school. Outside school, having had a parallel ‘career’ as cartoonist, author, actor and a sportsman for all seasons whose enthusiasm never quite compensated for his lack of athleticism, he now lives a quiet family life with a wife and two children in semi-rural Fife.

Mr David Campbell: Careers & Higher Education

David Campbell has been Depute Rector with responsibility for Careers and Higher Education since 2011, leading all aspects of applications to University as well as Subject Choice decisions. He joined the school as a teacher of English in 1997 after spending two years at Portora Royal School for Boys in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. David was S6 Year Tutor at the school for over five years before joining the Senior Management Team. He has an MA from the University of Dundee as well as an MEd and MSc from the University of Glasgow.  David is married to Suzanne and has three children, Olivia, Clara and                                     David, all of whom currently attend Hutchesons’.

Mrs Gillian Fergusson: Pastoral Care

Gillian Fergusson has been Depute Rector in charge of Pastoral Care at Hutchesons’ Grammar School since 2012. She attended the University of Glasgow, where she gained a Master of Arts, followed by a P.G.C.E. and a Diploma in Guidance. She is currently undertaking the MEd Educational Leadership programme. Gillian previously taught English at The High School of Glasgow, where she gained extensive pastoral experience as a Housemistress working in partnership with pupils, parents and staff in terms of pastoral care.


Mr Jim McDougall: Development and Alumni

Mr Jim McDougall has been Depute Rector since 2007. Until March 2017 Jime was the Depute Rector for Ethos and had the responsibility for the School’s co-curricular activities and international education programme.  In his current role Jim builds relationships with former pupils and friends of the School. He was previously Head of Geography and Depute Rector at St Columba’s Kilmacolm for ten years, with earlier teaching positions at Hutchie and British Forces Germany. Educated at Greenock Academy, he has an MA (Hons) in Archaeology and Geography from Glasgow University, where he was President of the Geography Society. Married to Linda, an optometrist, he has two grown up sons, one of whom currently serves as secretary of the Hutchie FPs Association. Mr McDougall assists with Saturday morning Rugby and has been involved in organising school trips and exchange visits.

Mrs Marie Windows: Ethos

Marie Windows joined Hutchesons’ in 2003 as a member of the History Department. She then went on to work in pastoral care and became Head of History in 2012. She was appointed Depute Rector in charge of Ethos in March 2017. Marie is a graduate of Sheffield and Glasgow Universities with a BA (Hons) in History and a PGCE in History and Modern Studies. She is married to Richard and has two children, Charlie and Daisy, who are currently moving through the primary school. Outside of work Marie enjoys family life, walking the dog, keeping fit and relaxing with a good book.

Miss Fiona Macphail: Head of Primary

Fiona Macphail is a former pupil of Hutchesons’ with a BA in History from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA from Strathclyde. For several years she taught in International schools in both Cairo and Bonn and, on her return to this country, became Head of Primary at both The Park and Laurel Park Schools.  In 2001 she returned to Hutchesons’ as Depute Rector with responsibility for the Upper Primary before being appointed to her current position as Head of Primary in February 2015.

Miss Helen Gibson: Upper Primary

Helen Gibson began her career as a P7 class teacher at Hutchesons’ Grammar Primary School. She became a Senior Teacher (Pastoral) in charge of Stuart House in 2006, and continued in this role until 2015, when she was appointed Depute Rector with responsibility for the Upper Primary, P4-7. She has a Bachelor of Education from Jordanhill College in Glasgow.

Mrs Amanda Wilson: Lower Primary

Mrs Amanda Wilson joined Hutchesons’ as the Depute Rector of the Lower Primary in 2015. Prior to this she was a Principal Teacher at George Heriot's School in Edinburgh for three years. She studied Biological Sciences at Napier University in Edinburgh, before completing a PGDE at Craigie College of Education.