Court of Directors

Michael Gregson

Chairman of the Court and Executive Committee, Chair of Eric H Stevenson Charitable Trust
Length of service: Since July 2012

Biography: Having previously sat on the Court of Directors, Mike has now returned to the Academy as Chairman of the Court. He brings to the Court a wealth of experience from the financial services industry. Over last 30 years he has held a number of senior management roles within various investment houses and banks. He currently works for State Street Bank in Edinburgh and London and has been a trustee of a number of charities. Mike was educated at the Academy and went on to read Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester. His two sons were also educated at the Academy and both have successful careers as professional musicians. Away from work he enjoys a variety of sports, gardening and is a regular concert-goer.
 

Bruce Beveridge

Court Director, Chairman of the Wellbeing and Child Protection Committee
Length of service: Since 2013

Biography: Bruce joined the Court of Directors in 2013 and served as Chairman of the Edinburgh Academy Foundation from December 2014 to December 2016. He has served as Chairman of the Wellbeing and Child Protection Committee since its inception in June 2015.

A Writer to Her Majesty’s Signet, he is currently Chairman of thinkWhere Ltd, a digital Geographic Information Systems business; from February 2017 he will take over as Chief Executive of the British Society of Animal Science. He served as President and Chairman of the Law Society of Scotland in 2013–4, and previously held a range of senior roles working for the UK and Scottish governments as well as spending some time in the golf industry. Educated at the Academy where he was a boarder, his rugby and cricket careers were cut short by illness though he became captain of golf and was also Head of Jeffrey House. Bruce was also educated at the High School of Dundee and New Park Preparatory School.
 

Paul Dollman

Court Director
Length of service: Since 2015

Biography: Paul is a Chartered Accountant and joined the Court in 2016 and also sits on the Finance and General Purposes Committee. He has had many years experience in public companies most recently as Finance Director of John Menzies plc based in Edinburgh. He is now Audit Committee Chairman of Wilmington plc, Verastar Ltd and Arqiva Ltd as well as being on the Board of Scottish Amicable. He is also a Governor of St Leonards in St Andrews and his son Christopher was at the Academy.
 

Richard Fletcher

Court Director
Length of Service: Since 2016

Biography: Richard, is Managing Director of Fletcher Jones, one of the UK’s longest established executive search firms, best known for board appointments in the financial, professional practice and charities sectors. He works in Edinburgh and London and his outside appointments include being a Member of the Court of Governors at University of Abertay, Dundee. Richard graduated from Napier University, Edinburgh and his children were educated at the Academy. Away from work he is interested in family, investment, education, politics, golf and football.
 

Ailsa Gebbie

Court Director, Member of Education & Policy Committee, Member of Health & Safety Committee
Length of service: Since 2008

Biography: Ailsa has many Academical family connections as her husband, brother and two of her three children attended the Academy. She is currently a consultant gynaecologist with NHS Lothian. She is Chair of the Medicines and Women’s Health Expert Advisory Group of the UK Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) and is Co-Director of the UK Clinical Effectiveness Unit for the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare.
 

Belinda Hacking

Court Director
Length of service: Since 2010

Biography: Dr Belinda Hacking has worked as a consultant clinical psychologist for fourteen years. She currently also holds a senior NHS management role. She has also held an Honorary Senior Academic Fellowship at Coventry University through her ongoing funded research programme. Belinda has three children, all of whom attend the Edinburgh Academy.
 

Ann Huntington

Court Director, Member Finance & General Purposes Committee, Member of Eric H Stevenson Charitable Trust
Length of service: Since 2010

Biography: In her professional life she deals with hands-on Executive Finance in small healthcare and technology companies. Previous experience includes over 10 years in Corporate Finance at Cazenove in London. She also holds a Non-Executive Directorship and Chairs the Audit Committee in a Technology Company. Before going into Finance, Ann carried out 10 years of research in Physics; including as a member of the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, a Staff Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and a two year post-doc position at the Max Planck Institut für Radioastronomie in Bonn. Ann’s son attended the Edinburgh Academy between 2008 and 2013.
 

Vinit Khurana

Court Director, Member of Education & Policy Committee
Length of service: Since 2014

Biography: Vinit is dually qualified in medicine and law. He graduated in medicine from Edinburgh University in 1988 and completed his training to become a General Practitioner in 1992. Whilst continuing to do locum medical work in the UK and in Brisbane, Australia, he returned to Edinburgh University to complete his law degree in 1995. After completing a two year traineeship with Dundas & Wilson, Vinit called to the Bar to become an Advocate in 1999. He is the only practising member of the Scottish Bar to be dually qualified in law and medicine and has the unique distinction of having worked in each career for over a decade. He completed a three year term as an Advocate Depute prosecuting serious crime in the High Court. In addition to being an Advocate, Vinit has, since 2011, been a part-time Sheriff. He also chairs the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and is a panel member on the Police Appeals Tribunal. He was a Standing Junior to the Scottish Government from 2005 to 2012. In his spare time, Vinit is a keen sportsman. He is a member at Golf House Club, Elie and Murrayfield Golf Club. He is part of the administrative team at Grange Junior Cricket Club.
 

David Knapman

Court Director
Length of service: Since 2015

Biography: David has been Rector of Dollar Academy since 2010. As a boy he attended Morrison’s Academy. He holds an M.Phil in Education from the University of Exeter and joined Dollar from Hampton School in south-west London, where he taught mathematics for ten years, latterly becoming Deputy Headmaster. David has delivered national seminars on pastoral, disciplinary and cyber issues at HMC and ISBA conferences. He has a long record of support for a range of charities and worked closely with SHINE and ISSP in London, setting up programmes of educational support for disadvantaged youngsters. He is a trustee of HMC Projects in Eastern Europe and is a member of HMC’s Membership Committee. A keen sportsman, he is the Honorary Secretary of Tennis Central Scotland, chairs the HMC Steering Group on Youth and Schools Rugby in Scotland and runs the HMC T20 cricket competition. He plays the piano for relaxation.
 

Morag McNeill

Court Director, Chair of Finance & General Purposes Committee, Member of Executive Committee
Length of service: Since 2006

Biography: Morag is a qualified solicitor specialising in corporate finance and was a partner in McGrigors LLP (now Pinsent Masons LLP) before joining Forth Ports PLC as General Counsel in 2005. She left Forth Ports in 2012 and since then has built a portfolio of non-executive directorships across the private, public and third sector. Her directorships include Aberdeen Harbour Board, Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre Limited. She is a trustee of a number of charities including Social Investment Scotland and Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse. She is also a member of the Court at Heriot Watt University and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee at Aberdeen University. In her spare time Morag sings enthusiastically in the Academy parents’ choir and still has plans to learn to play the piano.
 

Phil Miller

Court Director, Member of Finance & General Purposes Committee, Member of Property Committee
Length of service: Since 2012

Biography: Phil Miller recently retired as a main board director of the Miller Group Ltd one of the UK’s largest privately owned housebuilding, property development and construction businesses. Phil is currently a member of the Edinburgh Business Forum (a Business Advisory group for City of Edinburgh Council) and is a former Chairman of the Scottish Property Federation. A graduate of Aberdeen University and Chartered Surveyor, Phil lives in Edinburgh and is married with three children. He enjoys the arts, cars and golf.
 

Charles Robertson

Court Director, President of the Edinburgh Academical Club Council
Length of service: Since 2013

Biography: Charles is President of the Edinburgh Academicals Club having served on its Council for a number of years. He is a FCSI Chartered Wealth Manager and has worked at Murray Asset Management in Edinburgh for over 20 years. Educated at the Edinburgh Academy and St Andrews University he has two children currently attending the school. In addition Charles is President of the Edinburgh Academicals Cricket Club and when not busy playing golf still plays the occasional game for them.
 

Sheriff Principal C.A.L Scott QC

Court Director
Length of service: Since 2013

Biography: Craig was appointed Sheriff Principal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin with effect from 1 May 2011. Born in Edinburgh in 1961, he was educated at the Royal High Preparatory School and George Watson’s College. He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen. In 1986, he was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates and served as an Advocate Depute from 1994 until 1997. He was a resident Sheriff at Glasgow from 1999 onwards, until taking up office as Sheriff Principal. In 2014, Craig became the first Vice-President of the Sheriff Appeal Court. He retired from his position in Glasgow towards the end of 2016. Since then, he has continued to sit in a judicial capacity both as a Temporary Judge in the High Court and as an Appeal Sheriff. Craig has also served as a Commissioner of the Northern Lighthouse Board. He is an occasional speaker at Burns Suppers. His interests include golf, chess, walking and music. Both his sons were educated at the Edinburgh Academy and Craig’s late wife, Liz, taught the recorder to many pupils at the Junior School and Henderson Row.
 

Vikki Skene

Court Director, Member Education & Policy Committee
Length of service: Since 2014

Biography: Vikki Skene is HR Director, Construction & Investments at Galliford Try, which is an international Construction, Investments and Housebulding business. She started her career in retail management with the John Lewis Partnership, before moving into HR. With over 20 years’ experience in HR, Vikki has worked across various industries at a senior level and is currently responsible for leading on people strategy, policy, inclusion & diversity & the cultural change agenda to support the delivery of strategic business imperatives. Vikki is particularly interested in the development of inclusive, diverse, high performance, values led cultures. Vikki is a company Life Assurance trustee and sits on the Advisory Board of a Company promoting diversity & inclusion. Vikki has one son, who is a keen rugby player, and is a pupil at Senior School.
 

Joan Smith

Court Director, Member of Education & Policy Committee

Length of service: Since May 2011

Biography: Joan has a long association with The Edinburgh Academy as her brother and sons attended the School. She was educated at The Mary Erskine School, St Andrews and the Open University. A qualified careers adviser she is a Member of the Institute of Career Guidance. Joan began her career at the Careers Service in Edinburgh, however most of her work has been within the Independent sector. Her experience includes Careers Adviser in Merchiston Castle, St George’s and St Margaret’s. Most recently, as part of the Senior Management Team of the Inspiring Futures Foundation (the Independent Schools Careers Service), she was the Scottish and International Director. Her interests include; music, dance, art history, church affairs and gardening.