Industry leaders join college board

Bill Costley.
Bill Costley.

Respected local industry leaders, Marie Macklin and Bill Costley, have joined the Board of Management of Ayrshire College.

Marie Macklin is the CEO of Kilmarnock based property development firm The Klin Group.

Winner of the Association of Scottish Businesswomen’s Recognition of Outstanding Contribution Business Award 2013, Marie leads the group which focuses on the redevelopment of derelict sites and old buildings throughout Scotland.

With a vision and passion to create a ‘New Scotland’ for future generations, Marie is committed to the development of excellence and philanthropy for young people.

Bill Costley is Chairman of the Ayrshire wide Costley and Costley Hoteliers, home to famous local establishments such as the Brig o’ Doon Hotel in Ayr and Lochgreen House in Troon.

Bill is held in great respect by his peers within the business community and hospitality industry. A Master Chef at 21 years old, Bill was given a Lifetime Achievement award from the Scottish Licensed Trade Association. Bill also has a great passion and knowledge in art and is a keen artist himself.

Marie Macklin said: “I am delighted to be invited to join the board of Ayrshire College. Forward-looking colleges like Ayrshire play a critical role in developing and inspiring young people of all abilities and from all backgrounds to identify and grow their strengths.  

“I am thrilled to become involved at such an important time in its history, especially with the advent of a new campus building in Kilmarnock, which will add to the great facilities in Ayr and Kilwinning, and the exciting opportunities for young people that will flow from that.”

Bill Costley said “Costley and Costley have had a long successful relationship with the college from the training of apprentices to the development of bespoke courses and in the employment of former students. Having seen first-hand the quality of training the college provides, I am looking forward to further developing the college so it continues to provide quality training which benefits employees, employers and the wider local community.”

Willie Mackie, Chairman of the Board of Management of Ayrshire College said “The Board is delighted to welcome such high calibre local industry leaders. Both Marie and Bill have vast experience within their respective industries.

“The college will benefit from their skills and expertise over the coming years as we work together to raise aspirations, inspire achievement and increase opportunities for our students, staff and training partners.”