Dean of Faculty of Design and Technology

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John, originally from Fife, studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. He subsequently moved to London to undertake PhD studies as a GEC sponsored student and, on graduation, joined the company to work on High Voltage transmission systems. He remained with GEC in Kent for a further 2 years before joining RGIT as a Lecturer in 1982. Prior to taking up his current post he had been Head of the School of Engineering at RGU for 2 years. He is an active Fellow of the IET.

John is married with three sons and, when time permits, enjoys running, hillwalking and fly-fishing.

Line Management

  • Head of School of Computing Science and Digital Media: Professor Ian Allison
  • Head of School of Engineering: Professor John A Steel
  • Head of Gray's School of Art: Professor Paul Harris
  • Head of Scott Sutherland School: Dr David McClean
  • Director of IDEAS Research Institute: Professor Susan Craw


  • Academic Council
  • ADC
  • QAEC
  • LISC
  • Web Editorial Board (Chairman)

External Activities

  • Director of NSRI (National Subsea Research Institute)
  • Member Engineering Professors Council
  • Member Deans of Science & Engineering Group