The University of Aberdeen Development Trust is governed by a board of Trustees whose decisions regarding the expenditure of funds attracted by the Trust are made independently of the University and in accordance with the Development Trust’s founding document – its Deed of Trust.

Our Trustees are leaders in their fields and bring a wealth of invaluable experience to the Development Trust.

To find out more about our Trustees please scroll down further and you can find out about each trustee in their respective tab.

The incumbent of the following positions automatically becomes a Trustee of the Development Trust:

  • Pro Chancellor - The Very Reverend Professor Iain Torrance Kt TD DD FRSE for Chancellor, HRH The Duchess of Rothesay
  • Lord Provost of Aberdeen - Councillor Barney Crockett
  • Principal and Vice Chancellor - Professor George Boyne MA MLitt PhD AcSS
Prof. Neva Haites OBE FMedSci FRSE

Picture of Neva HaitesNeva Haites was born in Brisbane and obtained a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Queensland before moving to Aberdeen where she did her medical degree and training.

She is Emeritus Professor of Medical Genetics and is a retired Honorary Consultant Clinical Geneticist at NHS Grampian.  As a Clinical Geneticist she saw among other referrals, individuals and families with a history of cancer and provided counselling, genetic testing and services for surveillance where appropriate.

She has a special interest in inherited predisposition to cancer and Chaired the Cancer Genetics Sub-Group of the Scottish Cancer Group. Professor Haites has been Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Life Science and Medicine and Vice Principal for Development at the University of Aberdeen.

Until recently, she was Vice President for Life Sciences at The Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Her external roles include being a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and the Chief Scientist Committee of the Scottish Government, and Chair of the Biomedical and Therapeutics Research Committee. She has recently been a member of the Working Group of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics considering Genome Editing and human reproduction: social and ethical issues.

In March 2019 Neva became a Trustee of the University of Aberdeen Development Trust.

Ms Anne Harper

Picture of Anne HarperAnne Harper graduated from the University in 1973. She was a Manager with BP, latterly in charge of External Affairs in Scotland.  She has been a lay member of HM Inspectorate of Schools, a member of the Scottish Churches Industrial Mission and a member of the Executive of the Scottish Council of the European Movement.

Anne has served as a member of the General Teaching Council for Scotland and Vice Chairman, Conservative Group for Europe. Between 1996 and 1998 she was President of the Scottish Oil Club, and she is currently Chairman of the Gordon Cook Foundation. Anne has served on the University Court, was a member of the Department of Accountancy Liaison Group at Aberdeen University, and served as a director of AURIS.

Mr Paul Hauser

Picture of Paul HauserPaul Hauser first came to London to practice law in 1980. His practice covers both corporate and tax planning, as well as advising in tax disputes (including litigation) in the United States and elsewhere. His work includes advising on acquisitions in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe, structuring joint ventures in Britain and the Far East and the use of offshore jurisdictions in a variety of international transactions. He currently works for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in London. He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen & Harvard University.

Dr. Fiona Kennedy OBE

Her work is wonderfully varied with many highlights including: hosting BBC’s ‘Record Breakers,’ singing for NATO Ambassadors in Brussels, performing at the G8 Summit at Edinburgh Castle, hosting ‘Tartan TV’ for PBS in the States, in which she interviewed actors such as Sir Sean Connery and Ewan MacGregor, and ‘Highland Heartbeat’ a PBS television special featuring Scotland’s magnificent music, landscape and heritage. 

In 2014, she was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honors List for her work in music as well as numerous charities, including: Voluntary Service Aberdeen, of which she is Honorary President; FROM Scotland (Famine Relief for Orphans in Malawi); the North East of Scotland Music School; Jazz Art UK; The Pitlochry Festival Theatre, and The Speakeasy Club for stroke victims. In addition, she is a Trustee of the University of Aberdeen’s Development Trust and an Ambassador of London Scottish Rugby Club. 

Fiona is an Honorary Graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Doctor of Laws, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire and is a Burgess of the City of Aberdeen. She was educated at Westbourne School for Girls in Glasgow and Albyn School for Girls in Aberdeen.

Mr Sandy Manson

Picture of Sandy MansonSandy Manson is the CEO of Johnston Carmichael, Scotland’s largest independent accountancy firm. Sandy joined the firm in 1991 and was appointed Partner and a member of their policy board soon after. In 1997, he was appointed Managing Partner of the Aberdeen practice and specialised in advising private industry companies. In 2007, he was appointed CEO of the Scottish firm.

Sandy is involved in numerous local organisations and is a Burgess of the City of Aberdeen, and a member of Cruden Bay and Royal Aberdeen Golf Clubs.

Ms Anne Minto OBE

Picture of Anne MintoAnne Minto was Group Human Resources Director for Centrica plc and sat on the Centrica Executive Committee from 2002 for 9 years until her retirement in 2011.  She graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a law degree in 1974 and also completed a post graduate diploma at Robert Gordon University in Personnel Management.  After qualifying as a lawyer she worked in a number of senior commercial roles in Shell UK.

Anne was appointed in 1993 as Deputy Director General of the Engineering Employers’ Federation and thereafter she was appointed Group Human Resources Director at Smiths Group plc in 1998. During her career she has campaigned for flexible working, equal pay and female board representation.    She is currently a non-executive director on the boards of Shire plc, Tate and Lyle plc and EXL Services Holdings Inc. She is Chairman of the Remuneration Committees at all three companies.  Anne is Chair of the University of Aberdeen Development Trust. She is a former chairman of the Institute of Employment Studies, the Engineering Development Trust and served for 10 years on the Employers’ Reserve Forces Board. Anne was awarded an OBE in 2000 for services to the engineering industry.

Prof. Sir Lewis Ritchie OBE FRSE

Picture of Lewis RitchieProfessor Sir Lewis Ritchie OBE FRSE is a Scottish medical doctor who worked as a general practitioner and medical researcher. He is the James Mackenzie Professor of General Practice at the University of Aberdeen and has honorary professorships at the University of Edinburgh and the University of the Highlands and Islands. Ritchie was appointed the James Mackenzie Professor of General Practice at the University of Aberdeen in 1992. In 2012 he was appointed director of Public Health in NHS Grampian.

In January 2015, the Scottish Government announced him as the chair of a review into Out-of-hours services. Ritchie said that to inform the review he had talked to doctors, patients, ambulance staff and NHS 24 workers. Ten months later, his report made 28 recommendations.

Ritchie retired from practicing medicine in 2012. In 2014 he was appointed chair of Council of the Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS). In 2017 he was named as chair of a group of independent advisers, charged with looking at NHS Tayside's financial difficulties and to report to Scottish Government within a three month period. In January 2018 he was named as the chair of a review of urgent care services in Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross. Interim findings published a few months later.

Prof. John Simpson

Picture of John SimpsonProfessor Simpson graduated in medicine and completed his PhD at the University of Aberdeen. Clinically, he was a consultant histopathologist with particular expertise in renal disease. He was head of the Department of Pathology and also Medical Education Dean in Aberdeen prior to his retirement. He pioneered a series of developments in undergraduate medical education and the MBChB curriculum, amongst which were the establishment of clinical and communication skills teaching and e-learning to support teaching and learning.

Professor Simpson has also held a variety of national and international roles in medical education, including leading “The Scottish Doctor” initiative for the five Scottish medical schools and chairing the Academic Council of the International Medical University in Malaysia.

Mr Ronald Wadsworth

Picture of Ronald WadsworthRonald Wadsworth graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1968 with a degree in Law. He has worked as a commercial and private client solicitor. He currently serves as a consultant to Ledingham Chalmers, Aberdeen. He was formerly a partner of local firm Stronachs and has wide experience of advising a range of local enterprises and private clients.

Ronald is the Secretary and treasurer of the Charles Murray Memorial Fund; a fund that was set up to celebrate the work of the author and poet Charles Murray after his death.

Mr George Yule

Picture of George YuleGeorge Yule is Managing Partner of BGE Consulting and Former Vice Chairman of Aberdeen Football Club. He has experienced the highs and lows through a busy business career in Aberdeen. With over three decades of oilfield experience, including start-ups, MBOs, acquisitions and internalisation projects, George is a well-respected influencer who has led the way in business in the north-east of Scotland. He is a qualified mechanical engineer, with extensive practical experience of the global oil and gas sector, as well as being a recognised advisor in business research, diligence and the management of change in organisations.

More recently, as former Executive Vice Chairman of Aberdeen Football Club, George played a pivotal role in the turnaround in the club’s fortunes and its re-connection with supporters at all levels, culminating in the club gaining planning consent for their new training ground and stadium.

As well as his illustrious business career, George has held several strategic roles including being the former President of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Aberdeen Sports Village and the 2009 Grampian Industrialist of the Year. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Aberdeen in 2016 for his services to business and sport in the North East of Scotland