George Esson is a retired solicitor. Formerly senior partner in Esslemont Cameron Gauld, he specialised in private client work. A graduate of Aberdeen University, he also tutored in conveyancing there for over 40 years. He was also formerly a director of Hawkhill House Ltd., a nursing home. His leisure interests include orienteering, where for several years he was Chairman of the Scottish Orienteering 6 Day Event Company Ltd, which runs a biennial competition attracting 3-4,000 competitors involving some 20,000 competitive runs. He is a member of Aberdeen Weaver Incorporation and is presently Master of Trades Hospital of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen. He is married to an Albyn Former Pupil. Most recently, Mr Esson has become the Deacon Convener of the Seven Incorporated Trades.
Janice Cutting is Director of Marketing at Robert Gordon University. Jan, a graduate of Aberdeen University in English Literature, moved to Aberdeen from Edinburgh in 2016 and is enjoying becoming a part of the Aberdeen community. She has spent much of her career in Marketing in Financial Services having spent 10 years as Head of Brand at Sainsbury’s Bank and 5 years with the Royal Bank of Scotland. Between those two spells in Banking she was Director of Marketing for Scottish Screen the public body for film in Scotland during a period of time of great success in the Scottish film industry. Jan maintains a link to the industry through screenwriting and producing and she is a member of BAFTA.
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.
David is Chaplain at the University of Aberdeen where he has worked since 2004. 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.
Gordon Milne is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager with over 35 years experience in the construction and property sectors. He is a Director of GM Mackenzie Ltd and Drum Property Group. In the past he has successfully guided the school in the redevelopment of the school buildings including the new Senior School Classroom block, Entrance Refurbishment and Atrium Development and provides property expertise to the board.He is currently providing advice in relation to the new Engineering block.Gordon has two daughters who attended Albyn in recent years and is keen to see the best possible facilities being available to pupils and staff alike.
Professor Marianne Nicolson has a daughter at Albyn School. She is a consultant medical oncologist in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and honorary senior lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. She graduated from Edinburgh University medical school and completed all of her oncology specialist training and higher degree at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research in London. Professor Nicolson leads locally for several tumour types but her main clinical research interest is lung cancer. She has chaired the lung cancer clinical studies group for the UK National Cancer Research Institute for five years and has published extensively. In addition to her involvement in various UK strategic committees, Professor Nicolson is regularly invited to lecture in the UK and internationally.
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.