Andrew Paterson is the founder of The Iris Initiative and architect of The John Byrne Award. He was educated at Currie Hugh School and Strathclyde University, where he studied Naval Architecture. He entered the Oil and Gas industry working for operating oil companies for whom he focussed upon well construction. In 1996 he founded Peak Well Management, which duly became The Peak Group, with offices in Aberdeen, London, Dubai, Houston and Perth. The company was sold in 2006 and Andrew retired from executive work. He has since held non-executive positions at Fairfield Energy (retired 2011) and Peak Well Systems. Andrew has a passionate belief in the benefits of understanding one’s own personal and communal values. He does not however wish to promote any particular values through The Iris Initiative. Rather, he sees merit in The Iris Initiative because it is a resolutely non-partisan facilitator of values debate and consideration.
Emma Currie is an actress, director and writer. Her theatre company, Acting Up, engages industrial clients in a 7 step health and safety behavioural change process which begins with unexpected live theatre, progresses to story-generation within the workforce and ends with the production of a short film. Emma’s unusual stories reveal the hidden consequences of complacency and encourage culture change from a place of enlightenment and shared values.
John Hamilton – known to friends, family and colleagues as Jack – was formerly Head teacher of Boroughmuir High School in Edinburgh from 2000 – 2013. He retired in 2014 after spending three years as a seconded Head Teacher in the Children and Families department in Edinburgh. Jack was educated at Trinity Academy in Edinburgh and secured an MA Honours in Economic History at Edinburgh University. He qualified as a secondary teacher of Geography, History and Modern Studies at Moray House College of Education in Edinburgh. He started his teaching career in Tynecastle High School, where he subsequently became a PT Guidance and then an Assistant Head Teacher. He then took up post as Senior Depute Head Teacher at James Gillespie's High School, before moving to Boroughmuir High School as Head Teacher. Outside education, his main interests are sport, music and travel. He played rugby for Trinity Academicals and cricket for Royal High School FP. In his student days, he ran a mobile disco and maintains a keen interest in all musical genres. He travels mostly in Europe and United States and to date has visited 46 of the 50 US states! Jack was involved in the first John Byrne Award, when he was Head Teacher at Boroughmuir High School and is delighted to return now as a member of the Board.
Roddy John MacLeod was born and brought up in the Isle of Skye but has lived in Edinburgh since coming to study law here in 1971. He has practised as both a solicitor and an advocate. He was appointed to full-time judicial office in October 2000, first as a sheriff and since October 2014 as Chairman of the Scottish Land Court and President of the Lands Tribunal of Scotland, positions which he holds under the judicial title Lord Minginish. In addition to his appointment as a trustee of the Iris Initiative he is a trustee of the St Andrew’s Children Society and of the James Gillespie High School Trust. A native Gaelic speaker, he is also Chair of the Board of Directors of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture based in his native Skye.