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acting Principal Executive Officer

Alison Macaulay
Email: alison.macaulay at scotsdictionaries.org.uk

During Ruth O'Donovanís absence on maternity leave, SLD's acting Principal Executive Officer is Alison Macaulay. Ms Macaulay is a dictionary publishing professional, with over 15 years' publishing experience as both an editor and manager. She has worked on a wide range of dictionary and language learning titles for publishers including Collins, OUP, Chambers and Hodder. Alison came to publishing from an English language teaching background. After gaining an MA in TESOL from the Institute of Education, University of London, she worked for a number of years with international students at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She also has a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford.

Senior Editor

Pauline Cairns Speitel
Email: pcspeitel at scotsdictionaries.org.uk

Ms Cairns Speitel is the editor managing the revision of the Concise Scots Dictionary. She also manages the Word Collection. She began her career in publishing with Chambers in Edinburgh, after which she spent twenty years with the Scottish National Dictionary Association, as lexicographer on all of their dictionary projects. She has directed lexicographical projects with a range of community groups in Scotland.

Senior Editor

Alison Grant
Email: alison.grant at scotsdictionaries.org.uk

Dr Grant is currently working on the revision of the Concise Scots Dictionary and assists with the Dictionary of the Scots Language. With a keen interest in place-names, she is Convener of the Scottish Place-Name Society and author of the Pocket Guide to Scottish Place-Names. She also contributes regularly to The Bottle Imp, an e-zine published by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.


Eileen Finlayson
Email: eileen.finlayson at scotsdictionaries.org.uk

Ms Finlayson maintains databases for the National Word Collection and SLD's Reading Scheme, manages book acquisitions for the Reading Scheme and sends books out to volunteer readers. She also assists with the upgrading of the Dictionary of the Scots Language and has helped with the revision of the Concise Scots Dictionary. She brought to SLD twenty-seven years of editorial expertise from working on A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue. She co-authored Scottish Weather with SLD's former Director Chris Robinson.


Ann Ferguson
Email: ann.ferguson at scotsdictionaries.org.uk

Ms Ferguson is working on the various projects to upgrade Dictionary of the Scots Language She also assists with the maintenance of SLD's websites.

IT Officer

Peter Bell
Email: peter.bell at scotsdictionaries.org.uk

Dr Bell is responsible for the programming side of the project to upgrade the online version of the Dictionary of the Scots Language. He completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Speech Technology Research, where he continues to work on automatic speech recognition. He is also a member of the department of Linguistics and English Language.

SLD President

Dr Margaret A. Mackay

Board of Trustees

Professor Jeremy Smith

Depute Convener and Company Secretary
Professor Bettelou Los

Dr Rhona Alcorn


Professor Marc Alexander
Mrs Jean Anderson
Mr Adrian Bell
Dr Warren Maguire
Professor Robert McColl Millar
Ms Catriona Newton
Professor Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh

Advisory Committee

SLD's Advisory Committee was convened to provide us with external sources of advice and assistance in as wide a variety of fields as possible. Our members include academics, lawyers, sheriffs, teachers and professional authors, and we appreciate their support throughout the year.