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‘My role is about harnessing all that strength and talent’

The new GCRB chair, Janie McCusker, tells Julia Belgutay she is keen to forge lasting partnerships for the benefit of Glasgow’s students

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Janie McCusker’s route to becoming chair of the Glasgow Colleges’ Regional Board is one that many may view as unusual – although she does not think so.

“I am a very normal person, who has gone through a very normal route in life, who has had opportunity to progress and has used education to progress, and at the right time in my life,” she says in her first interview since taking up the post earlier this year.

Born and raised in Glasgow’s East End, she worked for a short while as a typist before joining the Royal Air Force, and she went on to spend 22 years serving in the RAF Police. “I just ...

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