Professor David McClean – PhD RIBA FRIAS ARB MBA SFHEA
David McClean is Head of the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen, a position he has held since 2006. From 2014-18 he was a staff governor at RGU. Following academic study and registration as a Chartered Architect, he practiced in Cambridge for a period of 8 years before returning to his native Scotland where he entered academia. He has extensive experience of architecture education in the UK, being a Council member of the Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture, and having been heavily involved in the work of the Royal Institute of British Architects both nationally and internationally, for over 15 years. He has also undertaken validation work for the Union Internationale des Architectes, and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.
A committed educationalist, his research work focuses on aspects of creative education and its underpinning pedagogies, and he has been invited as a keynote speaker and to deliver workshops in a number of countries. He joined the Board in September 2019.
Meera is an Investment Director with Rathbones Investment Management Limited in Aberdeen. She has a Masters degree in Economics from Calcutta University, is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and a Chartered Wealth Manager. She started her professional career as a journalist in Calcutta before joining the Bombay Stock Exchange. She began her investment career in Aberdeen in 1986. She is an active Rotarian supporting debating and public speaking activities amongst North of Scotland schools and her daughter is an alumni of the Albyn School. She sits on the Remuneration Committee.
Professor Frost joined the Board in 2013 and currently holds the Burnett Fletcher Chair in History at Aberdeen. Born and brought up in Edinburgh, he was educated at St Andrews University, the Jagiellonian University, Kraków, and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. After three years as a schoolteacher he joined the department of history at King’s College London in September 1987 and later served as Head of Department. He was subsequently appointed to a chair in Early Modern History at the University of Aberdeen and to the headship of the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy which he held until 2009. His main research interests lie in the history of eastern Europe from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries and the history of Scandinavia. Professor Frost currently chairs Albyn School’s Education Committee.
Margaret is a Partner with Burness Paull LLP in Aberdeen. She graduated from Edinburgh University in 1988, completing her traineeship in Edinburgh before moving to Aberdeen to take up a position with Paull & Williamsons. She has for the last 15 years specialised in employment law, acting predominantly for oil and gas sector clients with business interests in the North Sea. She has a long-term interest in education both at secondary and tertiary level. She spends her leisure time mainly in the outdoors walking, skiing and kayaking regularly. She is a passionate supporter of access for all with particular reference to the outdoors. Margaret supports the work of Aberdeen Performing Arts and Voluntary Services Aberdeen, both of whom are included within her portfolio of non-oil industry clients.
David is Chaplain at the University of Aberdeen where he has worked since 2004, and is also the Chair of the Conference of European University Chaplains. Prior to that, he was the parish minister at Torry St Fittick’s Parish Church in Aberdeen. David grew up in Aberdeen while his father was minister at Rubislaw Parish Church. Following his schooling, David attended Loughborough University where he studied Geography, P.E. and Sports Science. In 1986 David began his training for the Church of Scotland ministry at Edinburgh University and thereafter at Princeton Seminary in New Jersey. David is the UK & Northern Ireland representative on the Board of the Conference of European University Chaplains (CEUC) and is Vice-Chair, is a trustee of the Jopp Thomson Trust Fund, volunteered for many years on Diabetes UK’s Young People’s Advisory Group and loves watching all sports, be it from the side-line or on the TV. He joined the Board in 2017.
David Kemp is chief financial officer (CFO) of Wood. Formerly CFO of Wood Group from May 2015, he joined Wood Group in 2013 as CFO of its Wood Group PSN business, and was responsible for aspects of finance and administration, IT, real estate, and legal services.
David has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil & gas sector and prior to joining Wood Group, held executive roles at Trap Oil Group, Technip, Simmons and Company International, and Hess Corporation, working across finance, mergers & acquisitions and operations. David is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds an honours degree in accountancy.
David Lane has been a Governor since January 2012. He was born in England and brought up in Northern Ireland. He moved to Aberdeen in 1982 where he spent four enjoyable years as a student at Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology. On graduation David moved to London where he worked as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor for a small consultancy involved in both UK and international oil and gas projects returning to live in Aberdeen in 1993. He has two daughters at the school with a third an alumni who is now a student in Glasgow. After over 20 years of extensive work related travel and having built up a successful global consultancy, David took the opportunity to spend more time at home. For the last five years he has worked in the UK with a range of small start-up and developing companies. In addition to his business commitments, David undertakes some part time and interim consultancy work. David is an active Rotarian, a developing curler and a keen golfer. He sits on the Finance and Property Committee.
Professor Marco Thiel is Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology at the University of Aberdeen. After being awarded his doctorate in Nonlinear Dynamics, he worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Nonlinear Dynamics in the Department of Physics at the University of Potsdam in Germany. He joined Aberdeen University as a UK Research Councils’ Fellow in 2006. He has published extensively in the field of non-linear systems and is a member of the London, European and American Mathematical Societies. At Albyn School, he is a member of the Board’s Education Committee.
Jill is a Director of Rubberatkins and its international group of companies, which design and manufacture rubber components for the oil and gas industry. She is also an Aberdeenshire Councillor representing Banchory and Mid Deeside. She has held many prominent roles within local government since being elected in 2003 including that of Provost of Aberdeenshire, Vice Chair of Infrastructure Services Committee and Board member of Grampian Police Board, North East of Scotland Transport Partnership, Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Planning Authority and Aberdeenshire South Licensing Board as well as serving on many committees including Education, Learning and Leisure. She currently serves on the Board of Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce. Jill is a former pupil of Albyn and became a Governor in 2014.