Faculty and Academic Staff

Management and Support Staff

Mr Alex Arthur

Mr Alex Arthur

Emeritus Senior Lecturer, Accountancy

Alex is a Senior Lecturer in the Business School, lecturing mainly on professionally oriented Accountancy courses.  He has an undergraduate degree and a Masters degree in Philosophy – both from Aberdeen – and is a member of ICAS (the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) and of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

He has been a member of the University’s academic staff since 1990 and worked full time until 2011, when he reduced his engagement in order to create time for other interests.  Before becoming an academic, Alex. spent 9 years working in the oil exploration industry – first with Shell, and then with various sub-sea service companies.

Alex has played a role in the wider University as well, serving on the Senate and on Court, and being an active Trade Union officer and case worker.

His research interests have centred on philosophical perspectives on business language.

His personal life is divided between his extended family, sailing his yacht, and active engagement with local mental health charities.

Dr Jing Cai

Dr Jing Cai

Senior Lecturer, Management Studies

Dr Cai joined the Business School in September 2005.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Mechatronics from Tongji University, China.  She graduated with a MBA degree from the University of Science and Technology, Beijing.  She completed her PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2005.  Her thesis explored technological dynamic capabilities of the Chinese telecommunication sector.  Her research interests are in innovation management studies, which include firm dynamic capability, innovation strategy, and technology adoption.  She has been awarded several grants including ESRC and Carnegie.

Dr Cai’s current research builds around three themes:

1) corporate governance, firm technology management, firm dynamic capability and technology strategies

2) network embeddedness, innovation strategies and firm performance

3) new product or service design tools and methods which can be used to improve design quality.

Mr Stephen Fettes

Stephen started his career working for the Mapping and Charting Establishment (Royal Engineers) as a cartographer.  He moved into education as an administrator and has held various management and leadership roles within the private and public sectors.  He was director of development at a leading independent business school in London, and, as a member of the strategic management team there, was responsible for domestic and international student recruitment and selection, as well as all aspects of marketing and promotion. 

He completed an MBA in 1994, and for the past twenty years he has concentrated on teaching and lecturing. He has taught on various university programmes (The University of Hull, The University of Plymouth, The University of Northampton, and The University of Wolverhampton), at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He was an external examiner for The University of Teesside and an Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Stephen brings a wealth of experience both as a theoretician and a practitioner in management, marketing and strategy.  In his professional and academic roles he has travelled widely around the globe and has experience of delivering programmes externally in China other Asia countries and across the African continent. 


Dr Karen Foster

Dr Karen Foster



Dr Karen Foster graduated with a medical degree from the University of Aberdeen in 1985.

She first trained and worked as a General Practitioner in Forth Valley Health Board before undertaking further training Public Health in Grampian.

Karen worked as a Consultant in Public Health with NHS Grampian for many years and retains an honorary contract.

Karen and her family lived in Qatar from 2000 – 2002, where she worked as the School Medical Officer at Doha English Speaking School.

Since 2002 she has worked for the University of Aberdeen, initially in the Department of General Practice and Community Medical Education and latterly as the Lead for Admissions and Lead for Student Support.

Her research interest is in medical education.

Mrs Lorna Hunter

Mrs Lorna Hunter

Honorary Lecturer, Business School Administration

Lorna began her career as a therapeutic radiographer in Edinburgh, later gaining experience through varied management and leadership roles within the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland.  Over a long and wide-ranging career in diverse posts including clinical, managerial, education and development roles, Lorna developed an interest in healthcare workforce planning and staff development.

She was seconded to the Scottish Government National Workforce Planning Unit where she provided workforce planning advice and guidance to the North of Scotland NHS Boards.  She then joined Skills for Health, the Sector Skills Council for the UK health sector, firstly as Lead Manager for Scotland, and subsequently as Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Following her NHS career, she made the move into academia and was latterly a lecturer in the Division of Business, Enterprise and Management at Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh and, most recently, an International Academic Moderator also at QMU. She has recently been appointed as an External Examiner at the University of the West of England (Bristol) Business School, and was previously an External Examiner at Greenwich School of Management, London in partnership with the University of Plymouth. Lorna has been on the Board of Trustees at Voluntary Health Scotland since 2012 and was elected as Chair in 2014.

She is committed to lifelong learning. With an MBA, and an MSc in Advanced Leadership Practice, she is now studying for a PhD, the focus of which is the relationships between leaders and followers in the military. 

Dr Laura McCann

Dr Laura McCann

Lecturer, Accountancy

Dr McCann took up this position as a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at The University of Aberdeen in early 2012 after successfully completing her PhD at The University of Strathclyde (2011), and previously achieving a first class honours in Finance from the same institution (2007).

Her research activity is in the broad area of corporate finance, with a focus on corporate debt sources and the importance of lender monitoring.  Dr McCann currently acts as Deputy Programme Leader for Undergraduate Accountancy and Finance with a responsibility for Finance. She is the Senior Business School Exams Officer, Exams Officer for Accountancy, Finance and Real Estate, is a member of Senate and currently co-ordinates and teaches on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules.

In June 2017 Dr McCann received the University Excellence in Teaching Award for undergraduate teaching in the Business School.  In 2017 she also received professional recognition by the Higher Education Academy and achieved the status of Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

Dr Rosalind Rae

Dr Rosalind Rae

Lecturer, Management Studies

Dr Rosalind Rae teaches and researches at the University of Aberdeen Business School. Rosalind has 10 years industry experience working for GlaxoSmithKline, Mars and PepsiCo in Manufacturing and Technical Projects, Research and Development (New Product Development and Process Improvement), Quality and Vendor Assurance and Logistics and Distribution. Although these are technically focussed roles, she has extensive experience of managing people within these environments and it was this interest that led her to join academia, undertaking her PhD at The University of Nottingham in labour flexibility and the notion of the ‘flexible firm’ in UK companies in aerospace, food and drink, financial services and logistics. Her academic interests continue to be people and process focussed, with recent research investigating the barriers and enablers to the provision of ‘good’ healthcare which uncovered issues in leadership, professional identity, routines, processes and practices in particular knowledge translation into practice, working across interfaces, workforce planning, and recruitment and retention. To date her work has been published in The International Journal of Production Economics and Production Planning and Control.

Dr Rae teaches primarily in Human Resource Management and Research Methods and supervises research projects at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level.

Mr Rulzion Rattray

Rulzion Rattray

Rulzion (pronounced Rullion) has extensive experience working in Industry as well as in several roles in the higher education sector involving the development and delivery of a wide range of graduate and postgraduate programmes at a number of universities. These include, Director of Studies in the School of Management at the University of St Andrews, Associate Dean and Commercial Director of the Centre for Energy Petroleum Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee and, most recently, as the Director of the Oil & Gas Academy of Scotland.

Rulzion has extensive teaching experience and has developed and delivered a wide range of both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, in subjects ranging from Supply Chain Management, Strategic and Change Management and Economics to specialist courses in Scenario Planning amongst others.

Rulzion is also a Visiting Faculty Member of the University of Aberdeen where he currently delivers several modules as part of the University of Aberdeen Postgraduate programmes.

Mrs Lindsay Tibbetts

Mrs Lindsay Tibbetts

Senior Teaching Fellow, Accountancy

Mrs Lindsay Tibbetts is Programme Leader for the undergraduate Accountancy and Finance Programme.  She is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of internal audit industry experience covering primarily manufacturing and professional services sectors as well as local government.   Having moved from commerce to academia her main interests are in fostering a close relationship between employers and students.  Employers are regularly invited to engage with the lecturing process to provide real world input which ensures that the programme remains vibrant and relevant.  She enjoys working closely with academic and research active colleagues to develop the programme such that students are confident in both their technical and academic skills and are therefore in a good position to become critical friends to the profession.