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 of them in their respective tab.

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

  • Pro Chancellor - Professor Iain Torrance KCVO Kt FRSE for Chancellor, Her Majesty, The Queen Consort.
  • Lord Provost of Aberdeen - Councillor David Cameron
  • Principal and Vice Chancellor - Professor George Boyne MA MLitt PhD AcSS
Mr Andrew Gordon

Andrew is Chair of the Articulate Cultural Trust and was a Member of the University Court of the University of the West of Scotland between 2014 and 2021.

Until 2017 he was Chief Executive of Canmore Partnership Ltd, a specialist public use infrastructure company which he co-founded in 1995. He led the company in many high-profile projects, including the development of the new Victoria and Stobhill Hospitals in Glasgow and the Inverness Airport Terminal for Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd.

From 1991 to 1994 he was Executive Director, Corporate Development and External Affairs of Health Care International (Scotland) Limited (HCI). He was a key player in HCI's start up and in the building of its state-of-the-art academic medical campus.

Before that he was a Merchant Banker with Samuel Montagu & Co. Ltd in London (now part of HSBC Investment Banking), providing senior level consultancy, strategic planning and financing packages to public and private sector clients in Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.

Andrew graduated in Political Studies from Aberdeen University in 1975. He was President of the Student Representative Council, Rector’s Assessor and Debater President, and he was active in the Charities Campaign.

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.

Mr Paul Hauser

Picture of Paul HauserFor 40 years, Paul Hauser practiced law as partner in the London office of a leading international law firm, retiring at the end of 2019.  His practice included international litigations and arbitrations, corporate acquisitions, joint ventures and tax disputes in a variety of jurisdictions throughout the world.  He is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and as an attorney in New York and is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and the Harvard Law School. Paul is Chair of the University of Aberdeen Development Trust.

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.

Mrs Alison MacLachlan

Ali is UK Director of The Wood Foundation, a venture philanthropic organisation committed to empowering societal and economic change in Scotland and East Africa.

She is a sector-leading expert in education and philanthropy, responsible for leading a team which has invested in, developed, and delivered impactful, meaningful, and innovative interventions which better prepare the young generation for success as active citizens. Having worked in multi-sector partnerships across the private, public, and third sectors, Ali is committed to ensuring the right people, those with strong vision and capacity for action, are brought together to improve outcomes for young people. 

Having previously held Board roles to support charity start-ups and established youth organisations, she currently also works as an External Examiner on the MSc Corporate Social Responsibility for the Robert Gordon’s University, and sits on the national advisory board of MCR Pathways.

Ali is an International Relations and Hispanic Studies graduate of the University of Aberdeen. Her experiences at the university inspired her global career path.

Miss Jean Main

Jean Main graduated MA from the University of Aberdeen in 1984 then went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).

She became a partner in the firm of Ritson Smith and then Johnston Carmichael where she held the role of Head of Third Sector as well as working with commercial organisations large and small.

Taking early retirement, she continues to work with a number of charities on a consultancy basis.

Sarah Moore

Sarah was appointed as Director of Peterson in January 2017, following Peterson’s investment in Core29 a technology diligence, strategy and delivery consultancy founded by Sarah in 2012.

Sarah has been actively involved with Peterson for almost ten years and was responsible for delivering the eLogistics digital transformation as well as the integration of more than 15 international subsidiaries for SESI for consolidation purposes.

With a proven track record in the successful delivery of disruptive technologies in organisations across the supply chain; Sarah combines entrepreneurial spirit with an active industry focus to deliver real world digital transformations across the sector.

Professor James N'Dow

James N’Dow is Director of the Academic Urology Unit since its establishment in 2001. His research activity spans across evidence synthesis, trials, guideline development, implementation science and the use of big data to complement traditional trial data. He has consistently secured significant funding for research totalling over £43 million over the past 20 years; including being the Coordinator of two large EU IMI funded big data for better outcomes projects. He is Coordinator of the €12M EU IMI funded 5 year project on prostate cancer big data (, a large European Multidisciplinary Consortium of 35 partners from 9 countries to harness the power of Big data to inform clinical practice recommendations. He recently successfully coordinated a second €21.3M EU IMI funded large consortium of 36 partners called OPTIMA researching three solid cancers (Prostate, Breast and Lung cancers).

He was Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Incontinence Review Group and has a track record in delivering NIHR funded national trials in urology. He is co-lead for the recently funded British Association of Urological Surgeons TUF Trials Unit awarded to CHaRT. Appointed Chair of European Association of Urology Guideline Office Board in 2014. Under his leadership, the EAU Guidelines have become the most comprehensive and trusted urological surgical practice guidelines globally, endorsed by 75 countries.

Co-founder and MD of UCAN. UCAN has led 3 fundraising campaigns over the past 15 years, raising over £7 million in philanthropic contributions (cash and in-kind) galvanising the support of the local business community. UCAN funded the opening of the first Urological Cancer Care Centre in Scotland, brought the first robotics surgical system to Scotland as well as contributing £2,517,000 to University of Aberdeen for urological cancer related research. He is also Founder and trustee for Horizons Trust UK charitable trust.

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.

Professor George Yule

Picture of George Yule

George Yule is Managing Partner of BGE Consulting, Chairman and shareholder of energy businesses SCOTGRIP INTERNATIONAL and GM Flow who has experienced many highs and lows through a busy business career in Aberdeen. With over four decades of oilfield experience, including start-ups, MBOs, acquisitions, disposals 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 energy sector, as well as being a recognised advisor in business research, diligence, growth and the management of change within organisations.

He is former Executive Vice Chairman of Aberdeen Football Club and 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 in 2018.

As well as his illustrious business career, George has held several strategic roles including being the past President of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Aberdeen Sports Village and the 2009 Grampian Industrialist of the Year. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Aberdeen in 2016 and also an Honorary Professorship in 2020 for his services to business and sport in the North East of Scotland.