RGU appoints new chair and governors to its Board

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The Board of Governors of Robert Gordon University (RGU) has elected a new Chair, and has welcomed two new Governors to its ranks.

Mike Fleming, who has been a Governor for the past three years, has been elected as the new Chair for the next three years.

The university has also appointed Tricia Walker, a partner specialising in employment law at the Aberdeen office of law firm Burness Paull LLP, and Maggie McGinlay, Director of Energy at Scottish Enterprise, as new Governors.

Mike, who is an alumnus of the university, brings a wealth of expertise in technology commercialisation and leadership processes to the Board. He takes up his new role as the university delivers its ambition to build on its reputation as a transformational university in the UK and internationally.

Mike has a 30 year oil & gas industry career, previously holding leadership positions in several technology companies. He is a former Head of Oil & Gas at Scottish Enterprise, and was a founding member of Venture Production Plc. He currently holds two non-executive appointments in the upstream sector and serves on the board of the recently established Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC).

Commenting on his appointment, Mike says: “RGU is an ambitious, progressive university set in a world class campus, operating successfully in a very challenging environment. I am excited to be taking up the role as Chair of the Board, helping to steer the university to achieve its aims and full potential.”

Tricia Walker is a highly respected lawyer in her field, having worked with Simpson & Marwick solicitors in Aberdeen developing a specialism in employment law before moving to Burness Paull LLP as a partner in 2009.

Maggie McGinlay leads Scottish Enterprise’s support for the growth of the energy sector in Scotland. Having worked in the field of economic development for over 20 years, she has significant experience in strategy development and implementation.

RGU’s Principal, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, says: “I am delighted to see Mike as the new chair of our Board and warmly welcome Tricia and Maggie as Governors. They each bring qualities, expertise and experience which are of great value to the university.

“We are honoured to have attracted such a dynamic and diverse Board, whose members contribute generously and with great effect to the quality of what we do, delivering a high quality educational agenda and student experience, while playing a leading role in the region and building a growing reputation for doing smart business.”

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