Our Board Members
Introducing our board members
Dr Melfort Campbell: Chair
Melfort has been a highly active member of the Scottish business community. He was appointed to the Tax Reform Commission and he has served on a variety of CBI committees and on the Board of Directors of Scottish Enterprise Grampian. In recognition of his services to industry in Scotland he was awarded the OBE in 2005 and became the Chairman of CBI Scotland in recognition of his effectiveness as a representative of successful Scottish industry. He is a former Chair of the Board of Governors of RGU.
On his appointment as chair of the RGU Foundation Dr Campbell commented:
"Over the past decade, RGU has demonstrated its ability to educate highly skilled students for jobs and professions that are of key significance to the economy and to society. It is now moving to tackle some of the key issues facing society, including questions about energy, healthcare, creative industries, and the potential of sophisticated data accumulation and analysis. The university's intention is to educate and train graduates with vital and relevant skills, and to develop world class interdisciplinary teams in these key areas. The RGU Foundation will allow the university to leverage the private support necessary to achieve its ambition to produce the graduates who will be tomorrow’s world class leaders."
A native of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Roger Ramshaw graduated with an MA degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and enjoyed a career in the Oil & Gas industry both in the United Kingdom and internationally. He is currently the independent director on the board of Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Limited and a trustee of the Grampian Autistic Society.
After graduation he
first worked with Shell International in the Netherlands, Malaysia and Brunei
and then joined Heriot Watt University as a founding member of the
Institute of Engineering which was instrumental in establishing their Institute of Petroleum Engineering in 1975.
With the Conoco Group he has experienced all aspects of petroleum exploration, project development and production, working and managing in the UK, USA, Norway, UAE and Venezuela. Latterly he was President of Conoco Venezuela from 1999 to 2002 and then Chairman and Managing Director of ConocoPhillips (UK) Limited until his retirement in 2004. He attended the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduating in 1990 with an MS in Management.
He is an avid reader, enthusiastic cyclist and hill-walker.
A former pupil of the High School for girls (Harlaw Academy) and graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Now retired, Sheena was one of the founding partners of Anderson Anderson and Brown.
After completing her training in Aberdeen she qualified as a chartered accountant in 1981 and has since specialised in many aspects of tax work. She previously advised individuals, partnerships and family owned companies in both personal tax and corporate tax matters. Her particular expertise is in capital taxes and she specialises in
capital gains tax, estate planning and inheritance tax planning.
Her many local involvements include Advisory Group Member at Transition Extreme, Member of the Rotary Club of Aberdeen, and St Fittick Panel Member at PTYBS. Sheena is a qualified member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and a former governor of both Robert Gordon University and Albyn School, Aberdeen.
Alan is Vice President, Industry and Technology at Simmons & Company International, where he has worked since 2006. Alan takes a leadership role on M&A transactions where his engineering and sector expertise add value to transaction outcomes. Simmons are the energy specialist of Piper Jaffray Companies (PJC: NYSE) a leading full-service investment bank and asset management firm serving clients in the U.S. and internationally, whose proven advisory teams combine deep product and sector expertise with ready access to global capital.
Prior to Simmons, Alan has over 15 years’ experience in the oil services sector in the well services and subsea sectors, with the likes of Halliburton and Expro, commencing in wireline logging as a field engineer on international operations, through to group wide marketing manager of a major plc. Much of Alan’s experience relates to the development, application and testing of new oilfield technologies, knowledge that underpins his unique role in Simmons and their ability to support clients and high value transactions.
Alan’s immense sector expertise is maintained through strong industry links with a number of trade associations such as SubseaUK and Decom North Sea. He is also actively involved in several professional bodies, including the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and the International Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA). This level of industry exposure and insight enables Alan to support industry awards, including judging the Offshore Achievement Awards for over 10 years, the annual Subsea Expo Technology Award, the Press & Journal Gold Awards, and has also been a long standing champion and judge for SPE Aberdeen’s Student Bursary Awards.
Alan has graduated twice from the Robert Gordon University, first in Engineering, then with an MBA over 15 years ago. He has been the author of SPE technical papers and maintains close relationships with innovators and technology developers, with a particular interest in supporting new generations of graduate engineers. Alan is the current Chair of the RGU Alumni Council, which represents the universities alumni and supports the university in strategic and alumni related matters.
Born and brought up south of the border, David joined the Scottish Office as a graduate trainee in 1979 before transferring to the European Commission in Brussels.
He returned to Scotland to head up the Industry Department’s Technology Unit before leading the privatisation in 1991 of the two Scottish electricity companies. He was Head of the Scottish Office’s European Funds & Co-ordination Division from 1991 to 1995; and of its Sea Fisheries Division from 1995 to1998. He then moved to London to join the UK Cabinet Secretariat, advising HM Government on devolution to Scotland,Wales and Northern Ireland.
David is a past member of the Court of Heriot-Watt University and of the Air Transport Users’ Council. He is currently a Public Member of NetworkRail; a Board Member of MG Alba (theGaelic Media Service); a member of the Financial Reporting Council’s Disciplinary Case Management Committee; and an adjudicating panel member of the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
Roger has extensive expertise in corporate and commercial work, including acquisitions and disposals, private equity and corporate reorganisations. He is particularly experienced in the oil and gas sector having acted over the past 25 years for both UK and foreign service companies and a number of small independent E&P companies acquiring, securitising and selling UKCS oil and gas licence assets. He also has considerable experience of intellectual property matters relating to oilfield equipment and processes.
Commended in the 2016 editions of both Chambers and Legal 500, Roger is also described in the latter in its 2015 edition as "an excellent all round advisor".
Recently appointed as an external examiner for the University of Aberdeen post graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Roger has previously lectured and tutored at the University.
George Stevenson, DHC MBE FRICS
George Stevenson is a prominent local businessman of many years standing and has been a major influence in shaping the City of Aberdeen. He has worked in the residential and commercial property industry in the North East of Scotland for over 40 years. He incorporated G&J Investments in the 1970’s and directed it until it was de-merged in 2000 to create GSS Developments (Aberdeen) Ltd. Some of the projects he has been involved include the development of Badentoy Park, located 10 miles south of Aberdeen at Portlethen, into a high quality 200 acre industrial and Business Park. Other projects include the development of Links Place Industrial Park in the late 1990’s and a number of Grade A office investment in Aberdeen’s Central Core, amongst a number of other projects.
He has served as Chairman of the University of Aberdeen’s Entrepreneurship Steering Committee, and a member of court at the University of Aberdeen. He has championed sport in Aberdeen, and headed up a Club Project Group to give Aberdeen a state-of-the-art curling rink. George Stevenson has been involved with the UCAN Cancer Care charity since 2007. He also serves as a Governor of Robert Gordon’s College.
George Stevenson is a member of The Seven Incorporated Trades and was Deacon Convenor from 1998 – 2000.
He is married with three sons and enjoys golf, curling, and collecting historical books.
Kevin began his career in executive search in 2001 and has lived and worked in the United Kingdom, United States and Africa. He is now based in London and is a founding member of Ducatus Partners. Aside from leading Ducatus Partners, Kevin continues to deliver key assignments for both executive and non-executive appointments.
Prior to establishing Ducatus Partners, Kevin worked at an international boutique executive search firm for over 15 years, joining as a Business Development Manager before being promoted to Vice President and subsequently Chief Operating Officer, ultimately holding the role of Chief Executive Officer. He was responsible for managing global operations and grew and set up offices in Houston, Calgary, Singapore, Perth and South Africa.
Kevin serves on the Board of Directors of Operation Eyesight Limited and has previously held Board positions with other not-for-profit organisations including the British American Business Council and the International School of Aberdeen. He has a Masters degree in Economics and a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and holds a Diploma in Non-Executive Directorship from the Financial Times.
John Reid Fyfe
John retired in 2013 after 40+ years working in RBS Group, mostly in senior management roles and having held a number of Non-Executive Directors' positions in the private commercial sector.
John has lived and worked in Aberdeen for the past 30 years and is well known across the business community. He is a Trustee of a small charity supporting orphaned children in Romania and is also involved weekly with a charity supporting men recovering from drug and alcohol difficulties.