Board of Governors
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.
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.
For further details or for any questions about the Board, contact the Secretary to the Board of Governors:
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.
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.
Anne is a professional photographer and artist living and working in Aberdeenshire.
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.
Melissa is a Chartered Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry.
After completing a BA in Accounting, Katy qualified as a chartered accountant with a predecessor of KPMG in Glasgow.
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.
Professor John Harper - The Principal
The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Robert Gordon University is the Chief Executive Officer, appointed by the Board of Governors and accountable to it for the management and organisation of the University.
Colin Hunter - Chair
Colin retired from General Medical Practice in June 2018 after 33 years as a Partner at Skene Medical Group, Westhill.
Maggie is Deputy Chief Executive of Opportunity North East. She was previously Director, Energy with Scottish Enterprise. She has worked in the field of economic development for over 20 years.
Professor Rita Marcella is currently engaged in teaching, supervision of students and research in information management, public relations and communications.
Phil is founder and CEO of Petrotechnics a company that started as a technology start-up in 1990. He has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering.
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.
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.
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.
Rev Joseph Ogunyemi is a dynamic goal-driven, result-oriented achiever and a team player with demonstrated ability to function effectively and efficiently under different circumstances while maintaining a clear perspective of goals to be accomplished.
Chantay Pinas is currently studying IBM 4th year and at the moment she is writing her thesis on human behaviour towards the natural environment.
Ray Riddoch is the Managing Director UK and SVP Europe and Africa of CNOOC International, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited.
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.