About us


The Scotland China Education Network, "SCEN", was founded in January 2006 to bring together individuals, national agencies and associations keen to promote teaching and learning Chinese language and culture in Scottish schools. In the same year, its establishment was welcomed by the Scottish Government in Scotland's Strategy for Stronger Engagement with China, and its Convener was a member of the Scottish Government's China Forward Planning Group. SCEN supported all the national agencies in their plans to introduce Chinese into the curriculum, brought practitioners together to share expertise and good practice through network meetings, and gave a platform for pupils of primary and secondary schools to present their learning at SCEN Pupil Conferences. It continues this work as the foundations for the teaching of Chinese and China in the curriculum have been established.

Please click here to access SCEN documentationThe SCEN network has over 350 members, represents a wide range of individuals, groups and agencies, spread over Scotland, engaged in promoting links with China and keen to support the China initiative in Scottish schools.

SCEN was established as a voluntary association with its own Governing Body and Governing Document in September 2007. Its Convener until September 2018 was Dr Judith McClure CBE, a member of the Scottish Schools Advisory Group on China, established in September 2010, and was appointed Ambassador for the Teaching of Chinese in Scottish Schools at the Confucius Institute for Scotland at the University of Edinburgh. Simon Macaulay was appointed to succeed her as Chair in August 2018. He aims to implement the suggestions from the 2017 Review of SCEN - Ten Years On and The Future.


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SCEN Trustees

Scotland China Education Network (SCEN) is registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and its Trustees have overall responsibility for the organisation and have been selected for their key skills.

IMG_7534_600wSimon Macaulay

Simon is the previous Vice-Chair of SCEN and is a qualified teacher of French and Modern Studies.
Simon previously worked for the Educational Institute of Scotland and more recently chaired the Scottish Government’s 1 + 2 Language Group. Simon is currently learning Mandarin.

Jeremy -Chittleburgh _for -web2Jeremy Chittleburgh
Qualified as a Chartered Accountant with and is now Senior Partner of Chiene & Tait.
Jeremy has extensive experience in the Charity Sector and is a member of the Charity Finance Group.



Jack Simpson
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Qualified as a teacher of French and Spanish which led to him, ultimately, becoming Headteacher of Leith Academy for 19 years.
Jack has been involved in the development of Mandarin at school, authority and national levels with Leith Academy becoming the hub for the City of Edinburgh’s Confucius Classroom in 2012.
Jack is currently a Senior Education Officer for the City of Edinburgh Council.


IMG_7538_600wRosemary Mitchell

Taught English initially at Lasswade High, subsequently becoming a Principal Teacher of Guidance.
Rosemary was Depute Head there for 25 years.




Jessica Guo 
Director EEB Consultancy Ltd and Chairperson at Asian Association of Culture Commerce and Education in Europe.





James Brodie
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Commercial Director, Industrial Economy, China-Britain Business Council (CBBC). A fluent speaker of Mandarin, James lived in Beijing from 2006-2012 but has travelled extensively on business throughout China, serving as an interpreter and cultural adviser to foreign companies, a role he has also performed for Chinese companies ‘going global’. After 8 years as Regional Director for Scotland & Northern Ireland and UK Energy Sector Lead, James recently transitioned to his current broader role, overseeing CBBC’s activity across the whole industrial economy. James has a BA (Hons) in Chinese Studies from the University of Sheffield.


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Megan Hammell 
Online Communications and Administrative Officer
admin@scen.info / websitemanager@scen.info

Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Chinese and Film Studies from The University of Hull, and a Master of Arts in Film specialising in Cinematography from Edinburgh Napier University, Screen Academy Scotland. SCEN Ambassador from 2008-2014.