Alistair Marquis

Alistair joined the Board of Bright Light in 2012. Previously, he had spent over 40 years in education. He was a teacher in Glasgow and then a Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher in West Lothian. He spent 24 years in Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIE), becoming a Chief Inspector. Within HMIE, he spent several years as the National Specialist for Child Protection/Safeguarding and was also Lead Inspector for Staff Development.

Alistair has various Youth Work qualifications and has held many interesting roles -  Superintendent of a large youth club for the City of Glasgow and then Area Supervisor for Informal Further Education for the South West of the City for many years. He was also the Captain of a large Company of The Boys’ Brigade and Chairman of the Scottish Committee, member of the UK Executive and President of his local Battalion. Alistair also held the role of Hon. Vice-President of the Scout Association in Scotland. He was also Chairman of the Lanthorn Community Complex management committee in Livingston.

Alasdair is currently  the Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council for Livingston United Church and a Presbytery Elder. He has sat on the Church of Scotland’s Safeguarding Committee and is the current Safeguarding Adviser and Lead Safeguarding Trainer for West Lothian Presbytery.

Alistair was awarded an MBE for services to education, the community and young people by Her Majesty The Queen in 2011. 

Upon retirement from HMIE, Alistair opened an international education consultancy business, Aim High Ltd. He is advising the government in the United Arab Emirates and is also working for the World Bank, presently in Sri Lanka.

Alistair has been a Rotarian for many years and is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Whitburn.  He was a Past Governor for District 1020 of Rotary International. 

Alasdair is married with one daughter. His hobbies involve being a football referee, reading, gardening, and foreign holidays.