Contact the Business Partnerships Team

For funding, training needs analysis, apprenticeships and partnership opportunities

Caryn Gibson, Business Partnerships Manager | 01241 432748

Caryn’s interest in business initially began when she worked as administration support in the Economic Development Team at Dundee City Council. She then became a Support Coordinator at Business Gateway followed by various advisor roles, completing business support qualifications along the way. Next Caryn headed to Perth as Business Growth Accelerator Manager before moving into the role of Operations Manager at Business Gateway Tayside where she modernised the service to ensure entrepreneurs were supported throughout the life of their business.

Ann Kerr, Business Partnerships Team Leader | 01241 432885

Ann’s career began locally at publisher DC Thomson in its advertising department. Since then she has worked in financial services dealing with a variety of companies from many sectors. Prior to joining D&A College in 2021, Ann spent six years as a Business/HR Advisor with Business Gateway providing support to Tayside’s business community and delivering the Women into Business events calendar.

Alan Clark, Skills Advisor | 07502 583075

With an impressive 25 years' experience in Training and L&D, Alan brings extensive expertise to the Business Partnerships team, having spent two decades in management roles across diverse manufacturing sectors like food, automotive, and utilities. He is well versed in all aspects of training, learning and the development of individuals & teams, including assessing and verifying of SVQs. Alan uses his experience to assist businesses in nurturing their workforce, guiding them towards success and helping them achieve their goals.

Vic Darge, Skills Advisor | 07502 583100 

Vic joined the Business Partnerships Team in January 2024. With a Finance Degree from University of Stirling, Vic comes from an experienced background as a Research Finance Officer at Edinburgh University and a Finance Officer at Dundee City Council. She thrives on engaging with businesses, keenly understanding their needs and aspirations. Acting as the vital link between academic staff and businesses, she is dedicated to providing tailored training solutions that fuel the growth of our business partners.

Elaine Donnachie, Training Needs Advisor - Tay Cities

Elaine's journey in the world of business support began as a start-up business adviser in the Business Gateway Tayside team.

Elaine quickly progressed onto working with existing businesses with higher growth aspirations. She found herself assisting businesses that were scaling rapidly, facing unique challenges, and seizing opportunities to expand their influence in this role. 

Her experience as a business adviser sparked her joy for helping her clients and collaborating with the wider support system available here in Tayside.


Maralyn Boyle, Service Design Academy Business Development Executive

Following a 20-year career in senior sales management roles with national newspapers, Maralyn had a career change in 2013 to the charity sector. She led national corporate partnerships and special events with Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and Maggie’s Centres. Moving to Dundee in 2019, Maralyn took on a new challenge with the Service Design Academy.

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