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Members of Court

The University Court is the Governing Body of the University and its powers are set out in the University's constitutional document, which is 'The University of Abertay Dundee (Scotland) Order of Council 1994'. Court comprises a maximum of 25 members including core and co-opted members, ex-officio members and staff and student members. Independent members remain an absolute majority. Court meets at least five times each year.

The primary responsibilities of Court as the Governing Body of the University are set out in the Statement of Primary Responsibilities

Additional information about Court and its Committees can be found on the following pages:

  • Members of Court
  • Court documents, including Standing Orders of Court
  • Court papers
  • Committees of Court
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of Court

The members of Court for the year to 31 July 2017 are: 

Mr Eddie Frizzell CBMr Eddie Frizzell CB
Chair of Court/Independent Member

Retired (former Head of Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning, Scottish Executive)

Eddie Frizzell is a former senior civil servant, retired from the post of Head of the Scottish Executive’s Enterprise Transport and Lifelong Learning Department. Previous roles included Chief Executive, Scottish Prison Service and Director, Locate in Scotland, the inward investment attraction agency. He also served on secondment to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a First Secretary in the office of the UK Permanent Representative to the EU in Brussels.

Eddie Frizzell was, until February 2008, an external member of HM Prison Service Audit Committee (England and Wales). He was an adviser to Charteris plc and a member of the Board of the charity, Trefoil House.

He led an Independent Inquiry into the former Kerelaw Residential School, which was run by Glasgow City Council.

He is a visiting professor at Queen Margaret University.

He is married and lives in Edinburgh

Register of interests

Paid Employment

None

Directorships etc:

Non-Executive Director of the Scottish Ambulance Service (remunerated)
Chair, Trefoil (registered charity)

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

Honorary Professor at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Mr Mark BathoMr Mark Batho
Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor/Ex officio Member

As Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (University Services), Mark is responsible for strategic planning and resource allocation, and for the University's support services. He line manages the heads of department for estates and campus services, business development, information services, finance, business development, communications, human resources, strategic planning, student recruitment, student services, and research, enterprise and innovation services.

Mark joined the University in 2013 after five years as chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council, the national body responsible for funding teaching and learning provision, research and other activities in Scotland's colleges, universities and other tertiary education institutions. In this role, he was accountable to the Scottish Parliament for the combined annual budgets of £1.6 billion allocated to the Funding Council, and responsible for ensuring the delivery of the Scottish Governments policy objectives for further and higher education.

Between 2003 and 2008, Mark was Director of Lifelong Learning for the Scottish Government, with overall responsibility for delivery of government policies on higher education, further education and skills.

Mark has held a number of previous posts including Director of Social Justice for the Scottish Executive from 2000, and Assistance Director of Finance in the Scottish Office and subsequently for the Scottish Executive from 1999.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (University Services), Abertay University

Directorships etc:

Non-executive Director, Creative Skillset
Non-executive Director, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Non-executive Director, GGiS (The Goodison Group in Scotland)
Council Member, Scottish Association of Marine Sciences (SAMS)

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

Non-executive Director, Creative Skillset

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Mrs Lucinda BaxterMrs Lucinda Baxter
Adviser to STEP charity/Independent Member

Born in Perth, Lucinda has lived in a number of places around the world, returning to Scotland in late 2011 after 15 years living in Massachusetts,USA.

While in the US (aside from bringing up her two sons) she spent many years as a relocation specialist for the Coldwell Banker Group, relocating senior executives and their families from around the world to the Boston area.

On retiring from the relocation field and because of her interest in education as related to career choice, she founded a Not-for-Profit charity STEP.

Lucinda is on the panel for Perth & Kinross Children’s Hearings, having previously served on the Aberdeenshire panel. She remains an adviser to STEP.

Now living in Perthshire, Lucinda is a keen traveller, walker and tennis player.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

None

Directorships etc:

None

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

None

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Ms Amanda Boyle OBEMs Amanda Boyle OBE
Chief Executive, Bloom Venture Catalyst/Independent Member

Amanda Boyle is a passionate public speaker on crowdfunding, entrepreneurship and the collaborative economy.

Born and raised in Dundee, she studied at Abertay and now works between Scotland and London as the Founder and CEO of Bloom Venture Catalyst. A communications specialist, with a keen interest in change and organisational development and the transformational potential of education.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

Bloom VC Limited

Directorships etc:

Bloom VC Limited
Women Can Limited

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

None

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Mr John C Burt OBEMr John C Burt OBE
Former Chief Executive of Angus College/Independent Member

John Burt was at the helm of Angus College for over 16 years.

Whilst at Angus College, John Burt held a variety of posts including Director of the Association of Scottish Colleges, Chair of Principals' Forum in Scotland and Director of Scottish Further Education Unit. He also served as a member on forums including Fife and Tayside Wider Access forum and Tayside Economic Forum.

A graduate of Edinburgh University and Moray House College, Mr. Burt has wide experience as a lecturer, educational manager and sectoral leader in Scotland. In 2006 Mr. Burt was awarded was awarded an OBE for services to Further Education in Scotland.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

None

Directorships etc:

Director of ESEP (formerly Eastern Scotland European Partnership)
Director of College Development Network

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

Angus College
Scottish Funding Council
Engaged as FED consultant to work on leadership development with colleges in Scotland---SFC
Trustee of Scottish Colleges Foundation

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Ms Andrea CameronMs Andrea Cameron
Head of School of Social and Health Sciences/Member nominated by Senate

Andrea is Senate's elected member of Court and has been the Head of SHS since April 2014. She was Director of Academic Programmes in the School for six years before that, having originally joined Abertay as Lecturer in Sport and Health Physiology in 2003.

Andrea graduated in Nursing at Glasgow University in 1986 and began her professional career as a staff nurse in the casualty department at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She later worked in coronary care in Basingstoke before completing her training to become a clinical tutor and nurse teacher at the Basingstoke and Winchester School of Midwifery and Nursing. She taught there for eight years, including moving to King Alfred's University College in Winchester (now the University of Winchester) before becoming a Senior Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Physiology and Programme Leader for the sports studies degree in a new department.

Outside work, Andrea is an accomplished distance runner and has represented Scotland and England at international level. She is on the editorial board of the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation and as well as acting as a peer reviewer for their publications , she is a regular contributor to their monthly newsletter and to their residential conventions.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

None

Directorships etc:

Member of the Editorial Board for Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation;
Trustee Dundee Dragons;
Governor Dundee Education Trust

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

None

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Dr Alexis CornishDr Alexis Cornish
Former Deputy University Secretary at Edinburgh University
/Independent Member

Dr Alexis Cornish has over 25 years’ experience in Higher Education working at a strategic level including Deputy Director of Funding at the Scottish Funding Council and Director of Governance and Strategic Planning at the University of Edinburgh.

In addition to her employment experience in the Higher Education sector, she has also served on a number of high-level advisory boards and strategy and policy committees appointed by:

  • Scottish Government, including the Expert Group on the consequences of the new fees policy in England and the development of the new fee policy for Scotland
  • the Russell Group
  • UK Funding Councils
  • Universities Scotland
  • HESA

Dr Cornish started her higher education career at the then Dundee Institute of Technology and has always maintained a keen interest in the development and achievements of the University.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

None

Directorships etc:

None

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

None

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Mr David DorwardMr David Dorward
Former Chief Executive, Dundee City Council/Independent Member

David Dorward joined Perth & Kinross Joint City Council as an Accountancy Assistant in 1971 and, as part of the Scottish local government reorganisation in 1975, moved to Tayside Regional Council.

While at Tayside, he held a variety of posts including financial responsibility for services as diverse as education, social work, police, fire, water and sewerage. In 1994, he was appointed Depute Director of Finance. From 1994 to 2006, he was responsible for the Tayside Pensions Funds, currently valued at over £1.5 billion. In 1995, he was appointed Director of Finance for Dundee City Council. In 2003, his duties were extended and he was redesignated as Depute Chief Executive (Finance).

Over the last 12 years, David has also been a Director of arms-length companies such as Dundee Energy Recycling Limited, Dundee City Developments Ltd, Dundee Leisure, Discovery Education Dundee, Dundee Airport Ltd and Sustain Dundee; and has served on a variety of working groups for the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) and Audit Scotland.

David qualified as a Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) accountant in 1982 and from 1984 to 1989 was a final year examiner with CIPFA. He was a member of the CIPFA in Scotland Executive from 1999 to 2006 and in 2003 was Chair of CIPFA in Scotland.

David Dorward was appointed Chief Executive of Dundee City Council in October 2009. David retired from that position in November 2014

Register of interests

Paid Employment

None

Directorships etc:

Dundee Airport Ltd
Dundee Design Ltd
Dundee Repertory Theatre Limited

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

None

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Mr Richard FletcherMr Richard Fletcher
Managing Director, Fletcher Jones Ltd/Independent Member

Richard Fletcher is an entrepreneurial business leader and advisor on senior appointments and wider aspects of commercial activity for clients based across Scotland and the UK.

A Managing Director for nearly 30 years, Richard studied Accountancy at Abertay for one year before transferring to Napier University in Edinburgh. He is a regular guest speaker in the HE sector and has recently been appointed a member of the School Advisory Council of the Glasgow School for Business & Society at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Richard lives in Edinburgh with his wife Margaret, who is a lecturer at the University of Glasgow.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

Managing Director, Fletcher Jones Ltd.

Directorships etc:

Glasgow Caledonian University

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

Glasgow Caledonian University

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

Glasgow Caledonian University

Ms Gameelah GhafoorMs Gameelah Ghafoor
Program Manager at NCR Corporation/Independent Member

Gameelah Ghafoor heads NCR's Financial Software Security Portfolio.  Gameelah has over twenty years experience within the software industry leading various technology driven solutions. In this capacity, she has worked with a range of industry, academic and public sector partners throughout her career.  Gameelah is passionate about continuous learning.

Since graduating from Abertay University in 1994, Gameelah has owned her own retail business and has had numerous patents filed with the US Patent Office.

Gameelah is married with one daughter. She enjoys running having completed various 10K, half-marathons and a full marathon. Gameelah has also competed in the Royal National Mod with the Dundee Gaelic Choir.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

NCR FSG Ltd

Directorships etc:

None

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

None

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Mr Mark GrossiMr Mark Grossi
Consultant, Former Vice President NCR Labs, NCR Corporation/Independent Member

Mark Grossi was responsible at NCR Labs for leading an inventive and highly creative team focused on designing and developing new self-service technologies for banking, retail, travel, healthcare, hospitality, gaming, entertainment and the public sector.

Mark joined NCR in 1979 after graduating from Abertay University and began his career working with some of NCR’s most innovative hardware and software engineers. He and his team worked with technology suppliers and customers on self-service software and hardware and this led to the development of the automated teller machine (ATM), which transformed the way consumers bank.

First as a member and later as head of NCR’s Strategic Solutions Group, Financial Systems, Mark Grossi brought forward several key technologies including Java-based ATM, Iris identification and contactless user interface. Mark Grossi has developed a strong architecture and design community and a research-based innovation culture and the development of three research and development labs for NCR – in Atlanta, USA, Dundee and Cebu in the Phillipines.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

MND-Systems Ltd

Directorships etc:

Director of MND-Systems Ltd

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

Trustee of Norman Fraser trust fund.

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

Member of Tayside regional advisory board

Dr Maria HinfelaarDr Maria Hinfelaar
Vice-Chancellor of Glyndwr University/Independent Member

Dr Maria Hinfelaar is the Vice-Chancellor of Glyndwr University in Wales. Although one of the youngest universities in the UK (2008) education has been delivered at its main Wrexham campus since 1887, when it was known as the Wrexham School of Science and Art. Industry-led courses are at the heart of Glyndwr's portfolio, with strong links to major local and national employers, such as Airbus, Kellog's, JCB and the BBC.

Prior to joining Glyndwr, Maria was the President and Chief Officer of the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) in Ireland, a multi-campus HEI in the Mid-West of Ireland with 6,500 students. Before that, she was Head of School of Business at a higher education institution in The Netherlands and has 18 years’ experience in leadership and management roles in higher education, of which over 10 years have been as head of institution.

Maria holds a Ph.D in Marketing and her research explored the successes and failures of international retailers. In recent years, her research interests have moved on to higher education policy and she has published papers on the subject of mergers and collaborations. She is an alumna of the Top Management Programme with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in the UK.

Dutch by birth, Maria speaks several languages and is a keen cyclist who used to compete in elite level races in Holland and Belgium.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

Vice-Chancellor of Glyndwr University, Wrexham, Wales

Directorships etc:

None

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

None

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Mr Colin MacdonaldMr Colin Macdonald
Games Commissioning Editor, Channel 4/Independent Member

Colin has been involved in the games industry since 1990 and is the former Studio Manager for Realtime Worlds, specialising in the entertainment sector producing games such as Lemmings, Prince of Persia, Grand Theft Auto, and Crackdown.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

Games Commissioning Editor, Channel 4

Directorships etc:

Chairman - Speech Graphics Ltd

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

None

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Mr Gordon MacDougallMr Gordon MacDougall
Head of Operations, Skills Development Scotland/Independent Member

Gordon has over 20 years’ progressive experience in managing complex public sector organisations. As Head of Operations for Tayside, Fife and Forth Valley, he is responsible for all Skills Development Activity in North East Scotland.

Born in Dundee, Gordon read history at St Andrews University before going on to further study at Napier,Dundee College and Abertay.

He is a Justice of the Peace for the Sherrifdom of Dundee, Central and Fife, sitting mainly in the Dundee Court and a trustee of the Dundee Heritage Environment Trust.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

Head of Operations (North East Region), Skills Development, Scotland

Directorships etc:

Director/Trustee of Dundee Historic Environment Trust, Director of WorkNet International Ltd, Justice of the Peace - Sheriffdom of Tayside, Central and Fife

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

None

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Mr Conor MarshallMr Conor Marshall
Abertay Students' Association President/Ex officio Member

Conor Marshall is the President of Abertay Student’s Association for term 2015/2016.

Born in Glasgow, Conor moved to Dundee to study Games Design and Production Management (BAHons) and is taking a sabbatical in between his second and third years to act as an elected representative of the student body.

Conor is interested in student politics/representation, liberation through education and, in particular, keenly involved in academic policy.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

None

Directorships etc:

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Abertay Student’s Association

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

Abertay Student’s Association

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

President of Abertay Student’s Association
Committee Member, NUS Scotland LGBT+ Committee

Mr Ian McDonaldMr Ian McDonald
Former Director of Finance, NHS Tayside/Independent Member

Ian McDonald has had nearly 40 years’ experience within the National Health Service and was the Director of Finance for NHS Tayside between 2009 and June 2015.

Ian began his career in the NHS in 1975, gained an SHNC in Accounting from Perth College of Further Education in 1980 and is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Financial Accountants.

For the last five and a half years, Ian was a co-opted external member of the Audit Committee prior to joining the lay membership of Court of 1 January 2015.

Married with 2 children (both Abertay graduates) and living in Dundee, Ian is a self-confessed keep fit fanatic as well as an avid follower of St Johnstone Football Club now that his playing days are over.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

Former Director of Finance with NHS Tayside.

Directorships etc:

Member of CIPFA ( Professional accountancy Body)

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

None

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Professor Steve OlivierProfessor Steve Olivier
Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor/Ex officio Member

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Steve overseas teaching, research, and portfolio development. He line manages the four heads of academic schools and the Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement. He works closely with the Students’ Association, and represents the University on several senior Universities Scotland committees, representing the Vice-Chancellor externally when necessary. He is currently the Chair of the Management Board of Scottish Higher Education Employability Forum, and has served on the executive Committee of Million+.

Steve arrived at Abertay in November 2005 as Head of the School of Social and Health Sciences, having spent five years as Head of Sport Sciences at Northumbria University. He was educated at Rhodes University in South Africa, and has worked at Rhodes, the University of Cape Town, the University of Zululand, and in the UK at Staffordshire University, Edge Hill University, and Northumbria University. He is a trustee of the Rhodes University UK Trust.

Steve has extensive experience of quality enhancement and assurance, research and consultancy management, course development, and teaching and learning innovation. Recent activities at Abertay have included developing the current strategic plan; leading Outcome Agreement negotiations with the SFC; submitting bids for additional funding; refining the graduate attributes; and overseeing preparations for ELIR, REF, NSS and enrolment planning.

He is still an active researcher, specialising in the ethics of outdoor and adventure activities. He has published widely, in a number of areas including the philosophy of sport, research ethics, sports psychology, physiology, and morphology. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the British Philosophy of Sport Association, and was a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences accredited researcher. He previously served on the Association’s Accreditation and Fellowship Committee, and as the Research Representative on the Education and Professional Development Committee.

A lifelong surfer, he is probably one of the few Professors in the UK who brave our chilly waters on a regular basis. He also serves as a crewman in the RNLI. An experienced triathlete, he has been heavily involved as a participant in endurance events and in extreme sports. He played first class rugby in his native South Africa, and is an experienced and successful rugby coach at high levels, both in England and South Africa.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

None

Directorships etc:

None

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

Member of the Board of Governors at Fife College

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

The Right Rev Dr Nigel PeytonThe Right Rev Dr Nigel Peyton
Bishop of Brechin, Scottish Episcopal Church/Independent Member

In 2011, Nigel Peyton became Bishop of the Diocese in which he had been ordained some 25 years earlier.

Educated at Edinburgh University and the Union Theological Seminary New York, Nigel’s career with the Church has been mirrored by active engagement with the wider community and with expanding learning opportunities. Nigel returned to Higher Education in 2009 to undertake a PhD at Lancaster University, where he remains an Honorary Teaching Fellow.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

Scottish Episcopal Church, Diocese of Brechin

Directorships etc:

None

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

None

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Mr Colin RaeMr Colin Rae
Academic Administration Officer/Member elected by academic staff

As Academic Admin Officer, Colin is responsible for managing the administrative support to the four schools of the University. He develops and standardises the processes used across the University in pursuit of the most efficient and effective methods for academic administration.

Colin joined the University in 2001 and has operated in several departments including Information Services, Central Services, Timetables, Estates, School of Arts, Media & Computer Games and is currently based in Secretariat.

Colin was elected as a non-union support staff representative in 2007, and as a UNITE Workplace Representative in 2010. He is Chair of the UNITE Regional Industrial Sector Committee for Higher Education (Scotland) and meets regularly with Workplace Representatives from all the other Scottish universities.

Colin has previously worked in a variety of roles including Hospital Porter, Security Patrol, Lecturer and workplaces such as NCR, WL Gore, EB Nitran.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

Academic Administration Officer, Secretariat, Abertay University

Directorships etc:

None

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

None

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

UNITE Workplace Representative

Chair of UNITE Regional Industrial Sector Committee (RISC) for Education in Scotland

Dr Jenny ReesDr Jenny Rees
Higher Education Consultant/Independent Member

Jenny Rees is an experienced senior manager and director in higher and further education, currently a Board member of the UK Quality Assurance Agency for higher education (QAA) and also on the Board of Edinburgh’s Telford College and the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s Advisory Council. She has held a number of ministerial appointments and voluntary positions including serving on the Scottish Funding Council. She retired from Edinburgh Napier University in 2011 where she was Vice Principal (Academic Quality and Customer Service).

She started her career as a statistician in the brewing industry before moving into education as a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. From responsibility for its part-time MBA programme, she developed her managerial career through posts at the Scottish College of Textiles, now part of Heriot-Watt University; Bell College, now part of the University of the West of Scotland; and Glasgow Caledonian University. Her responsibilities spanned academic quality; teaching & learning strategy; the quality of the student experience; corporate planning; marketing & communications; UK and international recruitment; and wider access.

She is now developing a portfolio of interim management and consultancy assignments to complement her board positions.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

Interim management and consultancy

Directorships etc:

Director of Dr Jenny Rees Ltd
Member of the Advisory Council of the Scottish Qualifications Authority
Advisory Council’s nominee on the SQA’s Accreditation Committee

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

Interim management assignments currently or previously for various universities in England: Bishop Grosseteste University; Plymouth University; Brunel University London

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Ms Shirley ScottMs Shirley Scott
Former Vice-Principal, Adam Smith College/Independent Member

Shirley has more than 30 years’ experience in Scotland’s college sector, having joined Glenrothes College in 1980 as a temporary part-time lecturer. Over her subsequent career, she held the posts of senior lecturer, Head of Faculty, Director of Curriculum, Associate Principal, Assistant Principal and finally, Vice-Principal of Adam Smith College. She also represented the College on a number of national strategy groups covering all aspects of tertiary education.

She played a key role in the merger of Glenrothes and Fife Colleges to form Adam Smith College in August 2005, and was closely involved in research which revealed Fife’s “degree deficit” – a smaller proportion of the population educated to degree level than most other parts of Scotland. After the merger, Shirley began to work closely with Abertay University, building on its long-established relationship with Fife College.

Shirley was instrumental in the setting up of the Abertay University Centre at Adam Smith College in 2008. This partnership has greatly improved access to high quality degree-level education for enthusiastic and able people in Fife, at a time and place that fits around their personal commitments and lifestyles. More than 1500 Fife people have now achieved degrees they might not otherwise have been able to study. In effect, their lives have been changed as a result of the work the Adam Smith/Abertay Partnership.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

Partner in Exploring Fife, a small tourism business.

Directorships etc:

None

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

None

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Professor Nigel SeatonProfessor Nigel Seaton
Principal and Vice-Chancellor/Ex officio Member

Nigel Seaton joined Abertay University as Principal and Vice-Chancellor in 2012.

Professor Seaton began his academic career at the University of Edinburgh, where he gained a BSc (Honours) in Chemical Engineering in 1982. He went on to do an MSE and a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. After completing his PhD in 1986, he worked as a research engineer with Atkins Research and Development and with BP.

From 1989 to 1997, he was Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Clare College. He was a visiting professor at Cornell University in 1996-97. In 1997, he returned to the University of Edinburgh as Professor of Interfacial Engineering. Between 1998 and 2007, he was successively Head of the School of Chemical Engineering, Head of the Division of Engineering, Head of the Institute for Materials and Processes, and Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Science and Engineering. He then became Assistant Principal (Taught Programme Development) and later Vice-Principal (Academic). In 2008 he moved to the University of Surrey, firstly as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Development) and then as Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Seaton is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

Principal, Abertay University

Directorships etc:

Equality Challenge Unit
JISC
Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

Board Member, JISC
Trustee, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Mr Murray ShawMr Murray Shaw
Consultant, Gillespie MacAndrew LLP/Independent Member

Murray Shaw is a Consultant with Gillespie MacAndrew LLP.

He was born in Dundee and is a graduate of the University of Dundee. Qualified in 1982, Murray has been a solicitor for over 30 years. He joined Biggart Baillie in 1982, becoming Senior Partner and Chairman in 2009, a position he held until the firm merged with DWF. He left DWF and joined Gillespie MacAndrew in 2014.

While his original workload included a broad range of disputes including commercial disputes, his experience in recent years has concentrated on planning and construction matters including judicial review and statutory challenges.

Murray has been appointed to the ICAS Discipline Board and Chairman of the ICAS Appeal Committee. He is also Chair of the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust.

He is married with two sons and lives in Glasgow. His interests include golf, theatre-going and American history.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

Self employed as a Consultant with Gilllespie Macandrew LLP Solicitors

Directorships etc:

Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
Scottish North American Business Council
Member Discipline Board of ICAS and Chair-man of ICAS Appeal Committee

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

None

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Dr Stuart WaitonDr Stuart Waiton
Senior Lecturer/Member elected by academic staff

Dr Stuart Waiton is a senior lecturer in sociology and criminology at Abertay University and is the elected member of Academic staff on Court.

He writes for a variety of newspapers including the Scotsman and is founder of Generation Youth Issues. Author of Scared of the Kids, and The Politics of Antisocial Behaviour: Amoral Panics, his latest book is entitled Snobs' Law: Criminalising Football Fans in an Age of Intolerance.

A Sunderland supporter, Dr Waiton’s research looks at the changing nature of policing of football crowds and is specifically interested in the way that words are now policed and criminalised at games.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

Abertay University

Directorships etc:

None

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

None

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Professor Elizabeth WilsonProfessor Elizabeth Wilson
Vice-Chair of Court
Retired Executive Nurse Director, NHS Tayside/Independent Member

Elizabeth Wilson was born in Dundee and trained as a nurse in Dundee Royal Infirmary. On completion of her training, she moved to London where she worked in various nursing posts.

On returning to Dundee, she trained as a Health Visitor and worked for Fife Health Board. She completed an MSc in Nursing and Health Care Management at Edinburgh University and subsequently became a Clinical Director for the then Dundee Primary Healthcare NHS Trust.

Following the amalgamation of the organisation into NHS Tayside, Elizabeth was appointed as Executive Nurse Director at the Board in 2006 and is also a Visiting Professor of Nursing at Abertay University.

On her retirement from the NHS, she was invited to work for the Scottish Government Health Department in St Andrews House in Edinburgh, where she enjoyed her role as Clinical Advisor for e-health, a post she held until 2011. In addition, she carries out work for the Central Legal Office in Edinburgh and acts as an Expert Witness when required.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

The Jon Fleming Group

Directorships etc:

Non-Executive Director of The Jon Fleming Group

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

None

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

On appointment, new members of Court are sent the following Template Letters of Appointment from the Chair and the Secretary.

The Abertay Students’ Association Vice-President is invited to attend all meetings of Court.

In accordance with the Scottish Code of Good HE Governance, the Secretary to Court and the Finance Director - as senior officers closely associated with the work of the governing body – have submitted details of any interests to the University register of interests - see below.

Mr David ReevesMr David Reeves
Director of Finance and Research Funding 

David joined Abertay in July 2015, and is responsible for providing strategic financial insight, supporting transformational change and delivering financial leadership and direction across the University.  David has extensive financial and management experience in international food manufacturing and higher education.

Register of interests

Paid Employment

None

Directorships etc:

None

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

None

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Mrs Sheena StewartMrs Sheena Stewart
University Secretary 

Register of interests

Paid Employment

Abertay University

Directorships etc:

None

Significant involvement with any organisation with which the University might do business

Board Member, APUC

Position(s) of authority with any organisation(s) whose policies and decisions might be supposed to impact on the University

None

Opportunities to become an independent member of Court

Vacancies in the independent membership of Court arise from time to time and are advertised widely including on the University website and through alumni. If you are interested in becoming an independent member of Court, please email the Secretary to Court at s.stewart@abertay.ac.uk to express your interest and further information will be provided to you.