Members of Court

Members of Court

The University Court is the governing body of the University. 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 independent 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.

Members

The members of Court for the year to 31 July 2019 are:

Mr 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 (public appointment)

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 Hugh Aitken CBE

Former Director and current Strategic Adviser of CBI Scotland and currently / Independent Member

 

Hugh joined CBI Scotland after a broad national and international business career spanning three decades, including as General Manager of Microsoft Nevada and Vice-President of Worldwide Manufacturing at Oracle.

 

Most recently, Hugh worked for ASCC, Aitken’s supply chain consultancy. He was the company’s President in California and led work on business process simplification and supply chain optimisation for leading companies, like Hewlett Packard. Prior to ASCC, he was General Manager of Microsoft Nevada where he led the company’s operating centres for North and Latin America and its manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico. From 2010-2011, he was Vice-President of Worldwide-Manufacturing at Oracle.

From 1989 to 2010, Hugh worked at Sun Microsystems in various senior roles. In 2005, he was awarded a CBE for services to the technology industry and charity. Between 2000 and 2006, Hugh was Chairman of the Electronics Scotland lobbying group.

 

He is married with six children and lives in Ayr.

Register of Interests

PAID EMPLOYMENT

CBI Scotland

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 Liz Bacon

Vice-Principal (Academic)/ex officio member

 

Professor Liz Bacon joined Abertay University as Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) in 2018.

A former President of BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT, Professor Bacon is also current President of EQANIE (European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education) and a past Chair of the BCS Academy of Computing and the CPHC (Council of Professors and Heads of Computing) national committee.

She is also a Trustee of Bletchley Park Trust.

A Professor of Computer Science at Abertay, Professor Bacon’s research interests include computing policy, smart systems, security and technology enhanced learning.

She is passionate about the development of her discipline and is keen to inspire more people to choose computing as a career, with a particular commitment to supporting women in entering, and progressing in, the profession.

Mr Andrew Bailey

Director – Customer Services, Business & Public Sector / Independent Member


As Director for BT Business customer service, Andrew is responsible for managing the customer experience including new contracts implementation and faults and repairs for BT’s Corporate & Small/Medium Enterprise (SME) business customers together with Billing in the UK.

Andrew joined BT in 2011 having previously held a number of senior management and leadership positions at Sky Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Plc.

Andrew has vast experience of customer service & large scale people operations together with programme & delivery management roles in the UK and Internationally.

He holds an MBA from Edinburgh Napier University Business School & resides in Perthshire.

PAID EMPLOYMENT

BT Group PLC

 

DIRECTORSHIPS ETC.

BT Scotland Board.

 

SIGNIFICANT INVOLVEMENT WITH ANY ORGANISATION WITH WHICH THE UNIVERSITY MIGHT DO BUSINESS

BT Group PLC

 

POSITION(S) OF AUTHORITY WITH ANY ORGANISATION(S) WHOSE POLICIES AND DECISIONS MIGHT BE SUPPOSED TO IMPACT ON THE UNIVERSITY

N/a

SIGNIFICANT PECUNIARY INTERESTS

N/a

 

Mr John Barnett

Business Consultant/Independent Member

John was born in Angus and studied Law at Dundee University and Economics at St Andrews University.

He has 20 years’ experience in international corporate banking and project finance in the City of London, covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Upon returning to Scotland, he has worked in charity management and for a leading ethical bank providing advice and affordable loans to organisations in the charity, social enterprise and community sectors.

He has served on various boards and committees in the voluntary sector including social housing and recycling. For 8 years he was a member of the University of Dundee Audit Committee. He has served on several public policy commissions and is a founder member of the independent Commission on School Reform.

Married with two children, he lives in St Andrews where he enjoys driving the safety for the sailing club.

 

PAID EMPLOYMENT

Director of Vanellus Consulting Ltd

 

DIRECTORSHIPS ETC.

Trustee of Fife Law Centre - unremunerated

               

SIGNIFICANT INVOLVEMENT WITH ANY ORGANISATION WITH WHICH THE UNIVERSITY MIGHT DO BUSINESS

Nil

               

POSITION(S) OF AUTHORITY WITH ANY ORGANISATION(S) WHOSE POLICIES AND DECISIONS MIGHT BE SUPPOSED TO IMPACT ON THE UNIVERSITY      

Nil

 

SIGNIFICANT PECUNIARY INTERESTS

Nil

Mr 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:

Member of Board and Council of the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS) non-remunerated

Non-executive Director, GGiS (The Goodison Group in Scotland), non-remunerated

Trustee, Robertson Trust, non-remunerated

Board Member, Scottish Association of Marine Sciences (SAMS), non-remunerated

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

As above

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

None

Mrs 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 and 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

Mr John C Burt OBE

Former Chief Executive of Angus College/Independent Member

John Burt was Principal 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:

Trustee, Scottish Colleges Foundation

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 Yusuf Deeni

Senior Lecturer/Member elected by Senate

Yusuf Deeni is Senate's elected member of Court. He has been a Senior Lecturer and also Director Research Degrees at the School of Science, Engineering and Technology since 2014

Dr Deeni received his BSc Biology from Savannah State University, Georgia, USA (1981), MSc Biology (Microbiology) from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria (1989), and PhD in Molecular Biology (Molecular Pharmacology & Toxicology) from University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland (1998). He has been a Lecturer at Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria (1989 – 2005), which before then he has been teaching Biology at secondary level (1983 – 1989) and has risen to become Senior Master and later an Inspector of Education (Biology & Integrated Science with Kano State Ministry of Education in Kano, Nigeria. Post the tenure with Bayero University, Dr Deeni was a Post-doctoral Research Associate and later Group Leader at the Biomedical Research Centre, University of Dundee (1998 – 2007). Dr Deeni moved to Abertay University in 2007 as a Lecturer in Biotechnology and Biological Sciences.

Over the years, Dr Deeni led and managed several postgraduate programmes and have served and continued to serve in many key committees like the AU Senate, AU Research Degrees Sub-Committee (RDC), AU Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum Working Group, Race Equality Charter Mark Self-Assessment Team, AU SEAT, AU Joint Liaison Committee, AU Health and Safety Sub-Committee, AU Prevent Duty Group, etc.

Dr Deeni is a Molecular Pharmacologist/Toxicologist who applies molecular biochemical techniques (quantitative, integrative and systems biology) to assess the impact of xenobiotics (drugs) and environmental toxicants (physical, chemical, or biological) on cellular or organismal responses (intrinsic and adaptive) in defense, disease and survival. His research interests include: drug discovery, drug metabolism, protein & enzyme engineering, molecular carcinogenesis, molecular environmental toxicology, gene regulation & expression, and applied biotechnology.

He is a reviewer to several journals and research funding agencies, an editorial board member, a member of many professional organisations and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

Register of Interests

Paid Employment

Senior Lecturer, 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

Ms 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

Programme Manager, 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 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 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.

Dr Annie Ingram

Director of Workforce, NHS Grampian and NHS Orkney / Independent Member

Annie Ingram is the Director of Workforce for NHS Grampian and NHS Orkney. NHS Grampian is the third largest territorial Board in NHS Scotland and is also a teaching Board. NHS Orkney is the smallest territorial Board in Scotland. In addition, Annie has recently been appointed as an Assistant Chief Executive, in NHS Tayside. As the North Regional Lead for Workforce, she is working collaboratively with colleagues to implement a single workforce service for the North.

Annie has worked in the NHS most of her working life, staring in Greater London at Mount Vernon Hospital, before returning to Scotland. Annie has worked for NHS Lothian, NHS Tayside and now with Grampian. A fellow of CIPD, Annie has returned to a professional HR role in 2012 when she was appointed as the Director in Grampian. Immediately prior to this appointment, she had spent 13 years, initially managing clinical services including theatres, ICU, pharmacy and renal services; before establishing the model for Regional Planning in Scotland. During her time as the Director of Regional Planning & Workforce Development for the North of Scotland, working with six NHS Boards, Annie was also the National Programme Director for Remote and Rural Healthcare, developing and supporting the implementation of Scottish Government Policy to sustain remote and rural services.

Annie has an interest in European employment law and its impact on the NHS, with a research LLM which looked at the impact of the Acquired Rights Directive and TUPE on commercial tendering in the NHS and a PhD in the impact of Working Time on the NHS. Outwith work, Annie has interests in karate, gardening and her family.

Register of Interests

PAID EMPLOYMENT

Director of Workforce, NHS Grampian

DIRECTORSHIPS ETC.

As above.


SIGNIFICANT INVOLVEMENT WITH ANY ORGANISATION WITH WHICH THE UNIVERSITY MIGHT DO BUSINESS

The NHS has significant links with the University, but this is more likely to be with the local NHS Board, than NHS Grampian.


POSITION(S) OF AUTHORITY WITH ANY ORGANISATION(S) WHOSE POLICIES AND DECISIONS MIGHT BE SUPPOSED TO IMPACT ON THE UNIVERSITY
Nil

SIGNIFICANT PECUNIARY INTERESTS
Nil

Ms Veronica Lynch

Vice Principal, Perth College UHI/Independent Member

Veronica has 30 years’ experience in leadership roles gained across local, regional and national government organisations in the areas of business development, marketing and international development. She is currently Vice Principal at Perth College UHI. Veronica was formerly a member of the Board of Governors at West Lothian College and currently sits on the board of Caledonia Housing Association. Veronica chairs the Business Development Directors Network of Scotland’s Colleges.

Veronica is a graduate of Abertay University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She is a qualified practising clinical solution focussed hypnotherapist and psychotherapist.

Paid employment
Perth College UHI, Vice Principal, External Engagement

Directorships etc.

Perth College UHI

Caledonia Group

Vital Life Solutions Hypnotherapy Ltd

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

Perth College UHI

 

Mr 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

Skills Development Scotland

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

None

Mr 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

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 Colin Rae

Purchasing Officer/Member elected by support staff

As Purchasing Officer, Colin is responsible for managing the purchasing and travel team for the University to offer a cost-effective, responsive and compliant purchasing service for internal customers driving to deliver value for money for spend.

Colin joined the University in 2001 and has operated in several departments including Secretariat, Information Services, Central Services, Timetables, Estates, School of Design and Informatics, and is currently based in Finance.

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

Purchasing Officer, Finance & Research Funding, 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 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

Consultant & Interim Manager, Dr Jenny Rees, Ltd

Directorships etc:

Director of Dr Jenny Rees 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

Member of the Advisory Council of the Scottish Qualifications Authority
Public Interest member, Discipline Panel, Institute of Chartrered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)

Ms Fiona Robertson

Head of Communities & Cultural Engagement, Perth & Kinross Council / Independent Member

Bio – to be added

PAID EMPLOYMENT

Chief Officer, Perth and Kinross Council


DIRECTORSHIPS ETC.

Board member, National Library of Scotland February 2014-present
Chair, Governance Committee, National Library of Scotland February 2014-present
Vice Chair, National Library of Scotland June 2014-present
This is a public appointment by Scottish Ministers. Appointment term ends 31 January 2019.

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.


SIGNIFICANT PECUNIARY INTERESTS
None.

 

Ms 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

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

Professor 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:

Director, Equality Challenge Unit
Unit Director, JISC
Director, GuildHE

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

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 Shaw

Retired Solicitor/Independent Member

Murray Shaw is a retired solicitor and is a graduate of the University of Dundee. Qualified in 1982, Murray was 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 and, having become Chairman there, he retired in 2017.

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 was a member of the ICAS Discipline Board and Chairman of the ICAS Appeal Committee.

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

Register of Interests

Paid Employment

None

Directorships etc:

Glasgow Building Preservation Trust

Scottish North American Business Council

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 Kate Smith

Head of Division of Mental Health Nursing and Counselling/Member elected by academic staff

Born in the UK, Kate has lived in Spain, Germany, Israel, and the US.  After gaining an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, she came to Scotland to carry out a research PhD at St Andrews University.  She stayed here to raise her two sons and undertook training to become a Counsellor.  She joined Abertay in 2012 as a teaching fellow and currently leads the Division of Mental Health Nursing and Counselling.  Her research interests include the process and mechanisms of change in therapy and the development of Pluralistic Counselling.

 

Outside of her family and work interests, Kate enjoys gardening, watching rugby and walking her dog.

 

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

 
SIGNIFICANT PECUNIARY INTERESTS
None

Professor 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

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 Tam Wilson

President of the Abertay Students’ Association/ex officio Member

Tam Wilson is the President of Abertay Student Association, elected in March 2017.

Tam Wilson was born in Kirkcaldy, Fife and attended Balwearie High School. Leaving school at the age of 15, Tam had a number of jobs in Fife ranging from shop assistant to welder's labourer. Tam began his BA in Media, Culture & Society at Abertay aged 21.

During his time at university, Tam worked in after school care and held the role of Dundee UNISON youth officer and Dundee SSP branch chair. Tam stood in the West End ward of Dundee in the May 2017 council elections and graduated from his honours degree in the July.

As well as local party politics, Tam is involved in a number of grassroots organisations and campaigns.

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

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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.

Officers closely related to 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 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 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

Non-Executive Director, 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.