Esther RobertonElection Result

Voting in the election for the Senior Governor closed at 5pm Thursday 28 March 2019.

The result is that Esther Roberton has been elected and will serve for a period of three years and Esther will commence her appointment on 1 April 2019. See here for further information on the result of the voting.

The process for the recruitment, election and appointment of our next Senior Governor is underway. The Senior Governor is responsible for the leadership and effectiveness of our Court as the governing body of the University. It is a hugely important role, all the more so given the size and complexity of the University and the increasingly competitive world of higher education.

The Senior Governor will have a key role in leading our Court and in managing the relationship between the Court and the Senior Management Team. It is important, therefore, to ensure that we attract candidates who are well-equipped with the skills, knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to lead our Court through the new and exciting challenges which lie ahead. 

The recruitment and election process is overseen by a sub-committee of the Court which includes independent members of the Court, student and staff members of Court and members of Senate. Further information on the role and membership of the committee is available here.

Candidates announced for election of Senior Governor of Court

The candidates standing for election by students, staff and members of Court, for the role of Senior Governor of Court are as follows. You can view the candidates' election statements here.

  • Alan Campbell
    • Formerly Chief Executive, Aberdeenshire Council
  • James Hall
    • Senior Independent Member of Court
    • Former Chair of Carbon Clear Limited, Chair of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, Chief Executive of the Identity and Passport Service and Managing Partner, Accenture
  • Andrew Miller
    • Non-Executive Chairman, Glasgow Prestwick Airport
    • Chairman of CAPA Consulting
  • Esther Roberton
    • Chair, NHS 24
    • Chair of the independent review of legal services regulation - report submitted to government in October 2018
    • Former non-executive director of Scottish Government

The election, which is being held for the first time following the introduction of new legislation in Scotland, will take place during Tuesday 26 March to Thursday 28 March 2019. Students, staff and members of Court will be able to vote for the person they feel is best suited to lead the Court, the University’s governing body.

Further details regarding the election, the candidates’ election statements and how to vote are available on this page.

Open meetings with candidates

An open meeting with all the candidates for staff and, separately, one for students will be held on Monday 25 March 2019.

Venue: King's College Conference Centre.

  • For Staff: 12pm to 12.45pm
  • For Students: 1pm to 1.45pm

We very much hope that students and staff will wish to use their vote in this important election.