The board of Directors of McSence comprises 12 members of the local community of Mayfield and Easthouses who are elected each year at the Annual General Meeting. They come from all walks of life including business people, workers, civil servants and the retired. All members are unpaid and do not receive and fees or expenses, freely giving their time to attend monthly Board meetings and other commitments. Each Director appointed to the Board is offered training to understand the legal duties and responsibilities of Directorship along with financial management and health and safety obligations.


Robert Hogg – Chairman & Non-Executive Director

Robert Hogg has been a McSence non-executive director since 1995 and chairman since 2011. His brother Michael is also a director and their father was a founding member of the organisation, all of whom are and were deeply rooted in the local community.

Robert is an ex miner who now works for Graham Tiso, the outdoor activities retailer in Leith, where he manages the warehouse.

In addition to his duties at McSence, Robert works with a number of other community groups in a voluntary capacity. He is Chairman of the local Community Council, he also sits on the Board of the Mayfield & Easthouses Development Trust and Y2K the local community run youth project.

Statement from Robert Hogg, Chairman of McSence

I have been involved in my local Community for over 25 years now doing different things to make it a better place to live in. I have enjoyed every minute of it and I am delighted to take over as Chair Of McSence Group of Companies from Chris Shaw, to have the opportunity to build on the fantastic work that has already taken place. I am proud as someone who has been involved for many years within McSence to see it grow into what

it is today – A social Enterprise Company which is one of the best in Britain if not the best.

We are now approaching a new era at Mcsence and with our new Chief Executive –  David Maxwell, I am sure we will continue the good work for Mcsence  and look forward to more exciting projects and creating local Jobs and making profits which we

can put back into the community of Mayfield and Easthouses and Midlothian.

I am looking forward to  the challenge of working closely with the Board of Directors and the Management team at McSence to make sure we are all moving forward in the right direction together.


Jim Murphy – Deputy Chairman & Non-Executive Director

Jim Murphy joined the McSence Group as a non-executive director in 2010 and became Deputy Chairman in 2011. He has lived within the community for many years.

Jim’s background is in education and training having worked in both the public and private sector. He is currently employed as Operations Director with Learn Direct Ltd and has previously held senior posts with Rathbone and Midlothian Council after starting his working life in the mining industry.

In addition to his duties at McSence, Jim fulfils a number of additional voluntary positions including sitting on the Boards of the Scottish Training Federation and the Rural & Urban Training Scheme (RUTS). He is also an executive member of the Support Training Action Group.


Scott Paterson – Company Secretary & Non-Executive Director

Scott joined the Board at McSence as a non-executive Director in 2004 and became Company Secretary in 2011. He was born, brought up and attended school in Mayfield with his brother Alan who is employed by the Group as our Business Development Manager.

Scott works in the railway industry and is currently employed by Network Rail as a Telecoms Maintenance Manager.

In addition to his duties at McSence, Scott is a voluntary Director at Midlothian Business Incubators Ltd and runs a party organisation company with his brother Alan.


Barbara Ramsay – Treasurer & Non-Executive Director

Barbara is the longest serving member of the team having been a McSence non-executive Director and Treasurer of the organisation since 1992. She has lived within the community all her life.

Barbara’s background is in retail and financial management. She is currently employed in the Casino industry as a head cashier managing a team handling all financial aspects of the business.

She is well known within the community as an active participant in community affairs and dedicated fundraiser for community events and organisations.


David Edmonds – Non-Executive Director

David Edmonds joined the Board of the McSence Group in 1998 as a non-executive Director. He has lived within the community since completing his apprenticeship.

David was a mechanical engineer to trade and worked as a foreman for Ferranti until the mid-80’s before making a career switch into procurement from which he retired in 2009.

He has always been a very active member of the community having organised a variety of community events over the years including the miner’s Gala day and the annual fireworks. David has also been a regular volunteer in the McSence training programme where he has passed on the benefit of his engineering skills to young people seeking a start in life.


Chris Harris – Director

Chris Harris has been involved as an advisor to the McSence Group for over ten years and joined the Board as a non-executive director in 2010.

Chris has worked in several senior management positions in both the public and private sectors, focusing on economic and business development support for high growth and technology based sectors. He has held a variety of posts in Government and large and small businesses including business consultancy and has considerable experience of working with the key institutions of the EU as well an in-depth knowledge and experience of UK Government and business.

In addition to his duties at McSence Chris runs his own consultancy business Argentix Ltd which assists clients throughout the EU with economic development evaluations and option appraisals, business planning, management support and fund raising. Chris also helps to analyse EU and UK policy on a range of socio-economic issues.


Michael Hogg – Non-Executive Director

Michael has been a non-executive director at the McSence Group since 1999. His brother Robert is also a Director and their father was a founding member of the organisation. Michael in another Board member who has lived within the community all his life.

Like his brother Robert, Michael started his working life as a miner before moving to the rail industry and he is now a full time Union official with the RMT. Given his current employment Michael brings considerable HR experience to the Group and is also a panel member of the Employment Tribunal in Edinburgh.

In addition to his duties at McSence Michael is active in many other community bodies. He is Vice Chairman of the Community Council, Secretary of the local branch of the Retired Mineworkers and Treasurer of the Mayfield & Easthouses Community Association.


David Maxwell – Chief Executive Officer

David Maxwell has been involved with the McSence Group for 20 years as an advisor, non-executive director, chairman and since 2011 as Chief Executive.

David’s background is in the property sector where as a Chartered Civil & Structural Engineer he has extensive experience having worked in construction and consultancy. Previously David was a director with the international consultancy WSP Group plc and managing director of Oregon Timber Frame Ltd as well as establishing and running his own property company. He is also a past Chairman of the Institution of Structural Engineers in Scotland.

In addition to his duties at McSence David works with a number of other community groups in a voluntary capacity and is also a lay Governor at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh where he is a member of the Estate & Campus Services Committee and chairs the Residences Oversight Board.


Alan Paterson – Business Development Manager

Alan has been a non-executive director at McSence since 2004 and joined the full time staff in 2011 as a member of the senior management team. His brother Scott is also a Board member.

Previously Alan worked in the Civil Service for 28 years in a variety of Policy and Operational roles and has spent over 20 years in Operational Management (Senior Team Leader and Business Manager), Human Resources (Job Evaluation and Performance Management). Alan has also successfully led a number of projects within Government including roles as Project Implementation Manager, Project Manager and Business Change Manager. Alan is a registered Prince 2 Practitioner.