Business Advisory Board

Business Advisory Board

Industry leaders guiding our world-leading research and disrupting conventional business models in undergraduate and postgraduate education.


The Business School Advisory Board was established in 2019 to help shape the University of Aberdeen Business School’s strategic goals to enhance students’ employment prospects, collaborate with industry and assist in being future focussed with research and course offerings.

The Business School Advisory Board is made up of ten senior executives who have expertise across a broad range of sectors to reflect the disciplines taught within the Business School. The Board members are leaders in their fields and enthusiastic about offering guidance and sharing knowledge to support the development of the Business School.

The Board meets three times a year with small focus groups running between meetings enabling members to focus on specific programmes and projects. The meetings are chaired by Professor George Yule, Honorary Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Aberdeen.


Aims of the Business Advisory Board:

  1. To assist in the review of the School’s Vision, Values and Mission statement and thus assist in shaping the strategic direction of the School.
  2. To support research active staff in their research activities, by facilitating engagement with industry.
  3. To test and validate new course ideas and undertake horizon scanning to identify new opportunities.
  4. To work with employers in relation to how we might best prepare our students for employment or for further academic or professional study.
  5. To review and comment on the graduate destinations data (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey).
  6. To review the University’s statement of Aberdeen Graduate Attributes (the qualities which we hope our graduates have acquired in the course of their studies)
  7. To explore opportunities for work placements, career mentoring and employer presentations within the structure of the MA, MSc and MBA programmes.
  8. To share examples of best practice.


Board members

  • Professor George Yule, Chair of Business Advisory Board
  • Professor Martin Meyer, University of Vaasa
  • Iain Abernethy, Learning and Development Consultant, Anderson Anderson Brown
  • Anke Heggie, Senior Director, Scottish Enterprise
  • Neil Hendry, Head Teacher of Lochside Academy
  • Mary Holland, Head of Skills & Director of DYW North East Scotland
  • Professor Gary McEwan, Chief Executive, Elevator
  • Iain Percival, University Court
  • Bev Pirie, Project Manager, Corporate Learning Solutions, Technip
  • Grant Rogerson, Chief Executive, ANM Group