Board of Governors

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Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is responsible for the overall strategic direction and governance of the University.

The Board's many powers, functions, duties and responsibilities are set out in the University's Statutory Instrument. The Governors’ Handbook includes the Statement of Primary Responsibilities of the Board and the Code of Conduct.

The Board of Governors are also required as a matter of good University governance to comply with the Scottish Code of Good HE Governance 2017 and the HE Governance Scotland Act 2016:

To ensure that the Board operates effectively the Board uses a Skills Matrix to inform selection decisions. The Board carries outs annual monitoring of its effectiveness and engages regularly in external review.

Standing Committees

The Board of Governors appoints and regulates the Standing Committees which carry out the statutory obligations of the University. Standing Committees will, from time to time, establish Sub-Committees in order to assist them in undertaking their remits.

Board of Governors Nominations

The Governance and Nominations Committee is keen to receive nominations and build up a pool of potential external Committee members and Board applicants for the future. It is important to note that anyone nominated in this capacity, who then wishes to apply for future Board membership, would need to submit a separate application for this purpose in their own right.

Contacts

For further details or for any questions about the Board, contact the Secretary to the Board of Governors:


Board of Governors Profiles

Racheal Adedokun

Suzanna Bamigbola

Suzanna is a student governor

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Adrian Bannister

Adrian Bannister

Adrian graduated from RGIT with a Degree in Business Studies and then joined EY in Aberdeen where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988.

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John Booth

John Booth

John is the Chief Operating Officer of large Aberdeen based social care charity VSA and has extensive experience of strategic human resource management and leadership across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

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Anne Campbell

Anne Campbell

Anne is a professional photographer and artist living and working in Aberdeenshire.

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Melissa Clare

Melissa Clare

Melissa is a Chartered Engineer with over 23 years’ experience in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry. She is currently General Manager for Hurricane Energy in Aberdeen.

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Nichola Crawford

Nichola is a board member

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Katy Gifford

Katy Gifford

After completing a BA in Accounting, Katy qualified as a chartered accountant with a predecessor of KPMG in Glasgow.

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Colin Hunter

Colin Hunter - Chair

Colin retired from General Medical Practice in June 2018 after 33 years as a Partner at Skene Medical Group, Westhill.

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John Isaacs

Dr John Isaacs

Dean, School of Computing

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Maggie McGinlay

Maggie McGinlay

Maggie is Chief Executive of ETZ Ltd, the Aberdeen based company newly established to deliver the North East of Scotland’s ambition to be a globally recognised centre for energy transition.

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Rita Marcella

Rita Marcella

Professor Rita Marcella is currently engaged in teaching, supervision of students and research in information management, public relations and communications.

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Phil Murray

Phil Murray

Phil was founder and CEO of Petrotechnics a company that started as a technology start-up in 1990.

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Eric Ogilvie-Brown

Eric Ogilvie-Brown

Eric was involved with the catering and hospitality industry in both the USA and UK before returning to University in his mid-thirties to study Law.

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Professor Steve Olivier - The Principal

Professor Steve Olivier - The Principal

Professor Steve Olivier is an experienced leader in the higher education sector, both in the UK and internationally. He has held leadership positions in Scottish, English and South African universities.

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Nigel Seaton

After working briefly in the oil industry as a Chemical Engineer, Professor Seaton became a lecturer, progressing to Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University until 2022.

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Julie Strachan

Member of the Board of Governors

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Tricia Walker

Tricia Walker

Tricia is a partner, specialising in employment law, at the Scottish law firm Burness Paull LLP. She completed her legal degree and diploma in legal practice at Aberdeen University.

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Edward Walton

Edward Walton

Ed has spent 17 years working in Secondary schools across Aberdeenshire.

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