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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 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

Racheal Adedokun

Racheal after a BSC in accounting, having worked in various sectors such as Non-Governmental Organisation, Project Management and Consultancy established a merchandise business managed since 2015.

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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 Deputy Chief Executive of large Aberdeen based social care charity VSA and has extensive experience of strategic human resource management across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

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Margaret Buchan

Margaret Buchan

Margaret is Aberdonian born and bred and has been Director of Library Services at RGU since November 2016, having worked in the Library Service for over 27 years. She has seen huge changes in Library Services during that time.

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Anne Campbell

Anne Campbell

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

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Donald Cairns

Donald Cairns

Donald Cairns obtained a BSc degree in pharmacy from the University of Strathclyde in 1980 and after a year spent in hospital pharmacy, returned to Strathclyde to undertake a PhD on the synthesis and properties of benzylimidazolines.

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Melissa Clare

Melissa Clare

Melissa is a Chartered Engineer with over 22 years’ experience in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry. She is currently General Manager for Hurricane Energy in Aberdeen.

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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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Sylvia Halkerston

Sylvia Halkerston

Sylvia has had a long career in Human Resource Management. Most of this time was in the private sector in a range of industries – Food & Drink, Oil & Gas, Hospitality, Construction and Public Transport. She also has experience working in and with the public sector.

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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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Ross Leven

Ross Leven

Ross is the Undergraduate Governor at Robert Gordon University for the 2020/21 academic session.

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Maggie McGinlay

Maggie McGinlay

Maggie is Deputy Chief Executive of Opportunity North East (ONE), the private sector catalyst driving transformational change in north east Scotland’s economy.

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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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Ken Milroy, MBE

Ken Milroy, MBE

Ken spent the early part of his working life in youth and community development work in the voluntary sector and local government, in Strathclyde and Grampian areas.

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Zoe Ogilvie

Zoe Ogilvie

Zoe Ogilvie is one of the most highly regarded and experienced public relations practitioners in the North of Scotland. She was recently ranked 14th in a poll of the top 50 most influential women in communications and the media by The Drum magazine.

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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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Ray Riddoch

Ray Riddoch

Ray Riddoch OBE DTech MSc FEI is Director of Harlaw Energy Ltd, and is an established energy industry leader with a career spanning 40 years both in the UK and overseas.

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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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