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RGU makes senior appointments to its commercial and business development teams


Robert Gordon University (RGU) has strengthened its commercial and business development teams with the appointments of heads of new business and commercialisation support.

RGU’s head of commercialisation support, Marjory Millum (l), and head of new business, Donella Beaton (r).Donella Beaton has taken up the position of head of new business where she leads the university’s business development team, while Marjory Millum has been appointed to head of commercialisation support.

Mrs Beaton was previously head of operations for research and enterprise within RGU, and prior to that was managing director of a company on the West Coast of Scotland which provides online learning, marketing and communication solutions for public agencies and large companies operating in English and Gaelic.

During her time at the company, it won the national Knowledge Transfer Partnership award, a Highlands and Islands business award and an IIP special achievement award. Donella herself won a place on MIT’s International Entrepreneurship Programme in Boston, courtesy of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Mrs Millum joins RGU from a legal background having spent 10 years working in private practice in various legal disciplines. She then joined the oil and gas industry where she was involved in the £13million sale of Sub Atlantic Ltd, which designs and manufactures world-class ROVs (remotely operated vehicles).

As head of new business, Mrs Beaton is responsible for the identifying and developing opportunities for new business as well as supporting and growing RGU’s strategic relationships such as those with OILTEAM Academy in Russia, Sonatrach in Algeria and Global College in Malta.

Mrs Beaton said: “Having worked at the interface between industry and academia for many years, this role has given me the opportunity to move to the academic side while still maintaining a business approach as we engage with industry.

“These are exciting times at RGU and we are working closely with academics to identify new business opportunities as well as ways in which to maximise existing contracts and partnerships.”

In her role as head of commercialisation support, Mrs Millum oversees the end-to-end commercialisation process for research and enterprise in the university, dealing with the negotiations and legalities of contracts and grant applications including negotiations.

She said: “It is exciting to be part of an organisation that not only provides quality higher education but is also a business that it an integral part of the region.

“My legal background has been essential to the position and I am very much enjoying the diversity of the role which sees me working across the entire university, strengthening links between our academics and the research and commercial services team.”

Helen Mills, director of commercial innovation at RGU, said: “I am delighted with these appointments. Both Donella and Marjory possess a wealth of skills and knowledge which fit well with the university’s commercial and enterprise aims.” 

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Anna DuthieCommunications Officer