Director of Academic Affairs

Dr Gillian Mackintosh

Dr Gillian MackintoshGillian joined the Registry in 1998 and was appointed Academic Registrar in 2007 and Director of Academic Affairs in 2009.

Dr Mackintosh has wide experience in the area of quality assurance and enhancement of teaching and learning and participates actively in a number of QAA and Universities Scotland committees in this area.

The Directorate of Academic Affairs draws together the Registry and the Centre for Learning & Teaching. It also provides administrative support to the University’s Curriculum Reform Project. Furthermore, it provides a focus on work on the student experience including co-ordination in regard to student induction and retention.

Tel: +44 (0)1224 272045
Email: g.mackintosh@abdn.ac.uk

Director of Estates

Angus DonaldsonAngus Donaldson

Angus was appointed Director of Estates in 2003 having previously held a range of management posts within Estates since joining the University in 1993. He is an Aberdeen land economy graduate and Chartered Surveyor.

Tel: +44 (0)1224 272060
Email: a.donaldson@abdn.ac.uk

Estates Office Manager: Mandy Murray
Tel: +44 (0)1224 272063
Email:mandy.murray@abdn.ac.uk

Director of External Relations

Theresa Merrick

Theresa MerrickTheresa joined the University of Aberdeen in 2014 and heads a team of professionals in marketing, communications and public engagement. Theresa previously worked in similar roles at Heriot-Watt University and Glasgow Caledonian University.

Prior to this, Theresa held marketing and communications roles in local government and the private sector industries of port services, construction and medical instrumentation. 

Theresa has an MA and MBA from University of Glasgow and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and Member of the Chartered Institute of PR (CIPR).

The Directorate of External Relations is responsible for marketing, communications, public affairs and public engagement.

Tel: +44 (0)1224 272815
Email: theresa.merrick@abdn.ac.uk

Director of Finance

David Beattie

David BeattieDavid joined the University as Director of Finance in July 2015 and heads up the Finance and Procurement team within Professional Services.

Previously, David was employed by the University as Head of Financial Planning and Budgeting and was seconded in 2005 to develop the facilities at Aberdeen Sports Village, becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2010.

David graduated from the University with an MA and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA).

Finance and Procurement is split into four sections - Financial Accounting, Financial Planning and Budgeting, Finance Systems Administration and Procurement. The aim of the department  is to provide high quality services and advice to staff, students and external bodies across a range of financial services.

Director of Health, Safety and Wellbeing

Naveed Qamar

Naveed QamarNaveed joined the University in August 2015 and heads up the health, safety and wellbeing directorate.

Naveed has over 25 years health and safety management experience at a senior level in complex risk environments. Previously, he worked for FirstGroup plc as Group Safety Director for 12 years, Associated British Ports as Senior Safety Manager for 8.5 years and Biffa Waste Services as Safety Manager for 5 years.

Naveed has a degree in Chemical Engineering and MA in Health, Safety and Environmental Law from University of Salford. He has been a chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health for 27 years.

The Directorate of Health, Safety and Wellbeing is responsible for overseeing the University’s management of health and safety and providing advice and guidance on and monitoring of compliance with the regulatory requirements. He leads on initiatives and campaigns to promote greater health and wellbeing in the University.

Director of Human Resources

Debbie Dyker

Debbie DykerDebbie joined the Human Resources Section in 1992 and was appointed to the role of Director of Human Resources in 2014. Prior to this Debbie was Deputy Director of HR, with responsibility for managing the delivery of the HR Operational Service across all areas of the University.

The Human Resources Section plays a key role in supporting the University to deliver upon strategic priorities and institutional initiatives in line with the Strategic Plan.

The Section provides a comprehensive, co-ordinated HR service to the University community, ensuring the delivery of an efficient and effective staffing service in line with employment legislation, and recognised best practice guidelines. In addition, the team works in partnership with key stakeholders, both internal and external to the University, including Trade Union colleagues and local, national and international organisations.

A number of institutional organisational development activities are undertaken within the Section, including ongoing work in support of the Healthy Working Lives accreditation. The team liaise closely with colleagues across the Academic areas and Professional Services to ensure a co-ordinated approach to matters including equality & diversity, health & safety and staff engagement.  

The University acknowledges that institutional success depends on the talent, expertise and commitment of staff and in recognition of the importance of ongoing personal and professional development, the team has developed a suite of Leadership & Management programmes, many of which have received external accreditation through the Institute of Leadership & Management.

Tel: +44 (0)1224 273732
Email: d.j.dyker@abdn.ac.uk

Personal Assistant: Sarah Fyfe
Tel: +44 (0)1224 273732
Email: s.fyfe@abdn.ac.uk

Director of Information Technology

Brian Henderson

Brian joined the University in 2007, following a variety of technical and managerial roles in educational and council organisations. Brian has over 20 years experience in the Higher Education sector and was appointed to the IT Director role in May 2016.

Brian is also currently a Board Member of Inverness College (UHI), Vice-Chair to the IT Directors in Scottish Higher Education Group (HEIDS) and a member of the Universities Scotland Efficiencies Taskforce.

IT Services delivers a comprehensive package of digital services to the staff and students of the University, as well as providing data centre services for Robert Gordon University and North East Scotland College through an award winning shared service. IT Services will play a key role in the transformation of the University as we move forward with an exciting package of digital initiatives over the coming years.

Director of Planning

Dr Hulda Sveinsdottir

Dr Hulda SveinsdottirHulda was appointed Director of Planning in October 2015 and heads the University Planning Office within Professional Services. The Planning team is responsible for managing the University’s strategic planning process, the production and administration of management information, risk management, business continuity management and the development and management of strategic institutional initiatives.

Hulda has been with the University of Aberdeen since 2009 when she joined the administrative team within the College of Physical Sciences, first as Assistant College Registrar and later as College Registrar. Previous to this, Hulda worked at Abertay University in Dundee where she was based within the Office of the University Secretary/Vice-Principal for Research & Commercialisation, with responsibility for planning and governance.  

Hulda has a BA in Politics from the University of Iceland, and an MA in East Asian Politics and PhD in Japanese Politics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Tel: +44 (0)1224 273792
Email: hulda.sveinsdottir@abdn.ac.uk

Personal Assistant: Marina Glennie
Tel: +44 (0)1224 272016
Email: m.glennie@abdn.ac.uk

Director of Research and Innovation

Dr Liz Rattray

Dr Liz RattrayLiz joined Research and Innovation in 1997 and was appointed Deputy Director in 2005 to lead the business development and commercialisation teams.

Dr Rattray has extensive experience of research administration, project and contract management together with commercialisation of research (from collaborating with industry, knowledge exchange, licensing to new company formation). She has held board positions with a number of companies, and previously been a member of the  Scottish Funding Council’s research committee.

The Research and Innovation section plays a key role in supporting the University to deliver upon strategic priorities for research and knowledge exchange in line with the Institutional Strategic Plan. The section provides support for research development, commercialisation, knowledge exchange, enterprise activities and provides administrative support for research policy and the newly formed Graduate School for post graduate research students. Research and Innovation  is the first point of contact for business - facilitating access to the University’s researchers, services and technologies and offering a wide range of commercial opportunities arising from the University’s research activities.

Director of Development and Alumni Relations, University of Aberdeen Development Trust

Elizabeth Bowie

Elizabeth BowieLiz heads a team of fundraising professionals at the University of Aberdeen Development Trust, responsible for direct fundraising, donor care, marketing and operational support.

Liz joined the University in 1999, having previously worked for Scottish and Southern Energy. Liz worked initially as Consultancy Manager in the Research and Innovation team, engaging academics in short term projects with industry. In 2004 she joined the Development Trust working in the area of corporate fundraising. She then held the position of Associate Director of Operations before moving to Director of Development.

The University of Aberdeen’s Sixth Century Campaign successfully achieved its target of £150million, which included the flagship Sir Duncan Rice Library. The Development Trust is now focusing its fundraising around three priority areas: Patronage of Our Students, Progress of Our Innovation and Preservation of Our Heritage. There are a number of fundraising projects within each area, and a variety of ways to provide support.

Tel: +44 (0)1224 274198
Email: e.bowie@abdn.ac.uk

University Librarian and Director of Library, Special Collections and Museums

Diane Bruxvoort

Diane BruxvoortMs. Bruxvoort joined Library, Special Collections and Museums as University Librarian and Director in the spring of 2014.

She joined from the University of Florida where she was the Senior Associate Dean serving as deputy to the Dean of Libraries with responsibility for collections, acquisitions, cataloguing, public services, digital services, and special collections. 

Previously Ms. Bruxvoort worked at the University of Houston Libraries for ten years starting as the Head of Access Services and ending her time there as the Associate Dean for Collections. While at Houston she provided leadership for a major building program, led the transition to electronic access to journals, and affected a major redesign of the library website. 

Before moving into academic libraries she spent seventeen years working in public libraries in and around Houston, Texas. Ms. Bruxvoort is President of the Library Leadership, Administration, and Management Division of the American Library Association and is quickly becoming involved with collaborative library groups in Scotland.

Tel: +44 (0)1224 273384
Email: dbruxvoort@abdn.ac.uk

Personal Assistant: Emma Fowlie
Tel: +44 (0)1224 273385 
Email: e.fowlie@abdn.ac.uk