Robert Gordon’s College Board of Governors is responsible for the governance, overall management and control of all aspects of the College.  Founded in 1732, the College's constitution was, for many years, the terms of the Deed of Mortification of our founder, Robert Gordon.  Our constitution is now governed by the City of Aberdeen Educational Endowments Scheme 1985. As a member of the board of a registered charity, a governor’s role is to act as a trustee of a legally-constituted board, to plan the strategic objectives of the College, ensure its financial health and further that the school complies with its legal requirements.

Our Board is supported by a number of committees which include members of the College community as well as representatives of important and historical institutions within the City of Aberdeen (listed below)  Committee members are appointed either to provide specific expertise, or to represent a section of the Gordon’s community, across the following areas: Health & Safety, Education, Finance & Property, Staff Affairs (ie Welfare), Scholarship (and Bursaries), Audit, Remuneration, Nominations and Development.

The Governors delegate the day to day running of the College to our senior management team and report on the College’s activities and finances in their Annual Report and Financial Statements. Annual report highlights can be viewed under quicklinks to the right of this page.  

Board of Governors

  • Professor James Hutchison, Chairman of Governors
    Nominated by University of Aberdeen
  • Mrs Elizabeth Clark, Nominated by University of Aberdeen
  • Councillor Bill Cormie, Nominated by Aberdeen City Council
  • Councillor Ian Yuill, Nominated by Aberdeen City Council
  • Councillor Jennifer Stewart, Nominated by Aberdeen City Council
  • Councillor Ryan Houghton, Nominated by Aberdeen City Council
  • Rev B Stephen C Taylor, Nominated by Presbytery of Aberdeen
  • Rev. Barry Dunsmore, Nominated by Presbytery of Aberdeen
  • Dr Walter Stephen, Nominated by Gordonian Association
  • Mr Graeme Nicol, Nominated by Gordonian Association
  • Mr David Parkinson, Nominated by Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen
  • Mr David Rennie, Nominated by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce

Co-opted Governors

  • Mr Alistair Hector
  • Mr Paul de Leeuw
  • Dr Tracey J H Menzies
  • Mr William Rattray
  • Mr Kevin Reynard
  • Mr Paul Stevenson

Being a Governor

The role of a Governor brings with it rewards and satisfaction and adds an extra dimension to the expertise available in the running of an independent school. Governors bring outside skills to our educational setting, offer support and advice to our senior management team and also shape the future strategy of the College. Our Nominations Committee have identified the following skills as helpful and desirable – education, finance, child welfare, legal, communications and marketing, IT, human resources, property and construction. If you would like to register an interest in becoming a Governor at Robert Gordon's College, please contact us (select subject volunteer with us).