Executive Team

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David Cochrane, Chief Executive

David Cochrane is an energetic and inspirational member of the UK hospitality industry.  His enthusiasm has delivered travel & tourism to thousands with exciting Scottish events, exceptional hospitality support, and unrivaled growth in Scottish careers within hospitality.

David joined HIT Scotland in 2005 and is now leading the strategic direction of this Scottish based charity. Working with the Trustees he delivers added value to many initiatives in collaboration with other sectors in the Industry. He has been recognised with a Catey Award for his work in Education and Training. Amongst many Fellowships and Honorary Degrees held he led the successful Industry Expedition to the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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Kirsty MacLeod, Operations Manager

Kirsty MacLeod joined HIT Scotland in 2011 to assist with the day to day management of the Trust.  Kirsty is a wonderful asset to our charity with great energy and superb organisational skills.  She oversees the management and development of HIT's Scholarship Programme and the vast majority of the charity's events. Her drive and attention to detail has been a major contributing factor to the professionalism of HIT Scotland's activities.

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Alyson Gray, Scholarship Manager

Alyson joined HIT Scotland in 2017 and now looks after the management and organisation of the scholarships, helping with event administration and the general office day to day management.  Alyson comes with 20 years of experience in sponsorship, event activation and marketing, and her cheerful personality and organisational skills are a great asset to HIT.