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Vicki Nairn

Vicki Nairn
Vice-Principal for Corporate Operations

Vicki is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPS, member of CIPFA, and an active member of the Heads of University Administration (AHUA). Vicki commenced her career with BP, and since that time and has worked extensively across the private, public, health and education sectors,   including a global role as Head of Development at BAE systems. At BAE, Vicki was responsible for developing and leading commercial partnerships with universities, research institutions/industry to drive innovation and research/development programmes.

In addition to BP and BAE systems, Vicki worked for 15 years across the UK public sector landscape in the NHS, national and local government, 3rd sector and enterprise agencies. Most recently, this included being part of the Executive Leadership team of the £500m Highland Council leading digital transformation, change management, community engagement and corporate services. During this time, Vicki delivered a number of multi-million pound enabling programmes to improve digital capability, health and social care integration, community engagement and regional infrastructure across the Highlands and Islands, leading programmes such as the £70m Pathfinder North programme on behalf of the Scottish Government. Vicki has significant experience in leading regional engagement and Smart Cites/City Deal initiatives to leverage economic development and growth, and from 2005 to 2016 was an advisor to the Scottish Government on digital transformation and remote and rural service delivery.

As the Vice Principal Corporate Operations and member of the Executive leadership team, Vicki has a shared responsibility for leading the development of the organisation to ensure that it delivers on strategic intent, outcomes, change, engagement and innovation, supported by effective governance and risk management. Vicki leads the development, delivery and implementation of customer focused corporate, business, financial, commercial and resource strategies, which ensure that the organisation excels against its strategic ambitions. Since joining RGU, Vicki has conducted a number of strategic reviews of key corporate services, together with driving ongoing initiatives focused on digital, transformation, change, growth and financial sustainability.

Vicki has been appointed by the Scottish Government as a non-executive director of the University of the Highlands and Islands, the Glasgow School of Art and most recently to the Board of NHS National Education for Scotland.


  • Corporate Operations


  • Estates and Property Services
  • IT and Digital Services
  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • The RGU Foundation
  • The Gatehouse Design and Print

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