The Secretary to the University is head of the University's administration, and works closely with the Principal and other senior members of academic and administrative staff to achieve the efficient and effective management of the institution. The Secretary is the principal officer of University Court and is responsible for ensuring that it acts within its powers and procedures.
A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Caroline began her career in the 1980s as a 'Monbusho Fellow' taking part in the Japanese government's initial pilot programme to introduce English as a spoken language into Japanese schools. On her return to the UK she entered a Royal Mail management training programme and covered a broad range of operational roles within the Regional Staffing Office, ultimately specialising as Industrial Relations Manager.
Caroline joined the University in 1990 and was appointed Director of Human Resources in 1999. In 2004 Caroline undertook a period of secondment to the Scottish Funding Council to assist in the implementation and development of Human Resources within the Council's Strategic Planning Framework.
Caroline was appointed Secretary to the University in December 2013.