University governanceUniversity Court

The Court is the overall Governing Body of the University and is responsible for overseeing the management and administration of the whole of the revenue and property of the University.

Court is also responsible for academic governance but, on matters relating to the academic work of the University, Court will normally only act on the recommendation of the Senate.

The current membership of Court is drawn from the University’s external and internal communities, and includes co-opted lay members, academic and professional services staff, Students’ Association representatives, the Principal and Vice-Principal and representatives from local government.

Court currently has 25 members, the majority of whom are co-opted lay members (ie neither members of University staff nor students).

Find out more about joining the University Court.

Co-opted members

Dame Sue Bruce Convener of Court

Dame Sue Bruce (to 2023) - Convener

(co-opted and appointed Convener  in 2017)

Committees: Court Business Group, Court Membership Group, Remuneration

  • Electoral Commissioner - Scotland
  • Former Chief Executive of Edinburgh City Council (2011-2015)
  • Non-Executive Director of SSE Plc
  • Chair of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO)
  • Visiting Professor, Strathclyde Institute of Public Policy (non-staff)
  • Strathclyde alumna – MPhil, LLB 
Lay Court Member Paula Galloway

Paula Galloway (to 2025) - Vice-Convener

(appointed in 2017)

Committees: Audit & Risk (Convener), Court Business Group, Court Membership Group

  • Former Partner and Head of Audit, French Duncan LLP
  • Former Audit Director, KPMG
  • Chartered Accountant with expertise in providing audit and related services to a diverse client portfolio
  • Governor, The High School of Glasgow
Ronnie Clelland

Ronnie Cleland (to 2022) - Senior Deputy Convener & Deputy Convener (Staff)

(co-opted in 2008, appointed Vice-Convener in 2012)

Committees: Court Business Group, Staff, Court Membership Group, Remuneration

  • Former Scottish Chair of Odgers Berndtson (2006 - 2013)
  • Chair of Audit Scotland Board (2010-2014)
  • Chaired various NHS organisations in Scotland (1992-2011)
  • Board member of Beatson Cancer Charity (2014-present)
  • Member of the Judicial Panel of the Scottish Football Association (2012-present)
  • Strathclyde alumnus – BA Arts & Social Studies (1968)
Gillian Hastings

Gillian Hastings (to 2023) - Treasurer

(co-opted in 2011, appointed Treasurer in 2017)

Committees: Court Business Group, Court Membership Group, Estates, Remuneration, Enterprise and Investment

  • Finance Director, Deep Casing Tools
  • Non-Executive Director, Livingston James
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Formerly Corporate Finance Partner, Ernst & Young
Virginia Beckett, Lay Court Members

Virginia Beckett  (to 2025) - Deputy Convener (Estates)

 (appointed in 2020)

 Committees: Court Business Group, Estates, Court Membership Group

  • CEO at Regent Capital Plc
  • Director of New Resource Partners
  • Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • SPF Working Group Advisory - Section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) (2009)
  • Scottish Property Federation/British Property Federation
  • Investment Property Forum
  • Formerly Director CBRE Capital Markets
Alison Culpan

Alison Culpan (to 2023)

(appointed in 2014)

Committees: Court Membership Group, Audit & Risk

  • Director, ABPI Scotland (2017 to present)
  • Director, Government Affairs, GSK (2012-2017)
  • Chair, ABPI Government Affairs and Life Sciences Group (2014 to 2017)
  • Formerly Lay Governor on the Court of Glasgow Caledonian University (2000-2008)
  • Strathclyde alumna – LLB Law (1999)
Malcolm Roughead

Malcolm Roughead OBE (to 2023)

(appointed in 2014)

Committees: Staff, Enterprise & Investment

  • Chief Executive, VisitScotland
  • Formerly various roles at Guinness
  • Awarded an OBE in 2006 New Year Honours list
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Susan Kelly (to 2023)

(appointed in 2014)

Committees: Enterprise & Investment

  • Head of Finance, Board Member and Partner, Maclay Murray & Spens LLP
  • Strathclyde alumna – LLB (1990), Diploma in Legal Practice (1991)
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Brenda Wyllie (to 2022)

 (appointed in 2018)

 Committees: Audit & Risk

  • Area Manager (Northern North Sea and West of Shetland) for the Oil & Gas Authority
  • Former senior engineering and production roles with Oil & Gas UK, CNR International, BP and Hess
  • Director of Strategy for the Society of Petroleum Engineers
Stephen Ingledew Court Member

Stephen Ingledew (to 2024)

(appointed 2019)

 Committees: Staff

  • Chief Executive of FinTech Scotland
  • Previously held senior executive roles in financial services companies, including Standard Life and Barclays
  • Non-Executive Director, Marketing Edinburgh Ltd
  • Member of UK Department of International Trade FinTech Steering Board
  • Member of Edinburgh and South East Regional Enterprise Council
  • Member of Scottish Govt Digital Transformation Steering Board
  • Member of Scot Tech Board for Law Society of Scotland
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Peter Young (to 2024)

(appointed in 2019)

Committees: SACSOH

Neelam Bakshi (to 2022)

 (appointed in 2021)

 Committees: Estates

  • Self Employed Management Consultant (NB Associates)
  • Board Member of Judicial Appointments Board Scotland, Chair Audit & Risk Management Committee (2016-2019)
  • Tribunal Member, Social Entitlement Chamber 1st Tier
  • Tribunal Member Employment Tribunals Scotland (ETS)
  • Public Appointments Adviser, Ethical Standards Commissioner, Scotland
Melfort Campbell

Melfort Campbell  (to 2022)

 (appointed in 2021)

 Committees: Audit & Risk, Remuneration

  • Member Scottish Energy advisory board
  • Co-Chair of the Energy Transition Strategic Leadership group
  • Former board member of Scottish Enterprise
  • Former chair of CBI Scotland
  • Scottish Government Expert Commission on maximizing the value from the UKCS
  • Chair Robert Gordon University Foundation
  • Board Member of Buffalo Energy Ltd, Fast 2 Fibre and Imes Group Holdings Ltd
  • Visiting Professor,  Faculty of Engineering (non-staff)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Mary Jo Jacobi

Mary Jo Jacobi   (to 2022)

 (appointed in 2021)

  • Non-executive Director and member of Remuneration and Nominations committees: The Weir Group plc
  • Managing Director, Mary Jo Jacobi Consulting LLC
  • Senior Advisor , Boston Consulting Group
  • Council Member, GLG Research
  • Special Projects Associate , International Marketing Partners
  • Advisory Board Member, Wings for Growth Women’s Initiative for Nurturing Growth and Success
  • Board Mentor, CriticalEye, the Community of Leaders
  • Faculty Member, GLG Institute, New York
  • Advisory Board Member, IE University International
  • Advisory Board Member, Rothermere American Institute International
  • Advisory Board Member, Hudson Institute Center for Global Prosperity
  • Fellow, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce

Ex Officio members

Professor Sir Jim McDonald

Professor Sir Jim McDonald: Principal & Vice-Chancellor

(appointed Principal in 2008)

Committees: Court Business Group, Court Membership Group, Staff, Estates, Enterprise & Investment

  • Rolls-Royce Professor of Electrical Power Systems since 1994
  • Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult; Non-Executive Director, Weir Group Plc; Co-Chair, Scottish Energy Advisory Board; Chair and Trustee, Glasgow Science Centre; Chair, Glasgow Economic Leadership Board
  • Formerly Deputy Principal and Head of Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • Knighthood, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours (2012)
  • Strathclyde alumnus – undergraduate, MSc and PhD degrees in Engineering
Scott McGregor

Professor Scott MacGregor

(appointed Vice-Principal in 2014)

Committees: Court Business Group, Court Membership Group, Estates

  • Professor of High Voltage Engineering since 2001
  • Founder and co-Director of the Robertson Trust Laboratory for Electronic Sterilisation Technologies and Head of the High Voltage Technologies Group
  • Formerly Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (2010-14)
  • Strathclyde alumnus – BSc and PhD degrees in Engineering

Members elected by the Senate

Linda Brownlow Court Member

Linda Brownlow (to 2023)

(appointed in 2020)

 Committees: Court Membership Group

  • Head of School of Education 2018 - present
  • Deputy Head of School 2014-2018
  • PGDE Course Leader 2010-2015
  • C0-chair of Scottish Government Teacher Workforce Advisory Group
  • Member of GTCS Working Group for the revision of the GTCS Entry Memorandum
  • Member of Scottish Government COVID Education Recovery group Work stream 7
  • Strathclyde representative on Scottish Council of Deans of Education
  • UCET representative
  • Member of Open University Advisory group
  • Interests: Enterprise / Entrepreneurial Education, Literacy, Leadership

Professor Jan Sefcik (to 2024)

(appointed in 2021)

 Committees: Court Business Group

  • Head of Department of Chemical and Process Engineering

Members elected by Academic Professional staff

 Professor Jonathan Delafield-Butt (to 2024)

(appointed in 2021)

  • Professor of Child Development
  • Director of the Laboratory for Innovation in Autism

Members elected by Professional Services staff

Elaine Blaxter

Elaine Blaxter (to 2024)

(appointed in 2021)

  • University Librarian & Head of Library Services
  • Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP)
  • Committee Member of the Scottish Consortium of University & Research Libraries (SCURL)
  • Past national Chair of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE)

Members appointed by the University’s formally recognised Trade Unions

Andrew Eccles Court Member

Andrew Eccles (to 2023)

(appointed in 2020)

  • Social scientist in the School of Social Work & Social Policy at Strathclyde
  • Research and teaching primarily around policy implementation - policy discourses, policy instruments, and ethical tensions in decision making
  • Published work in journals with a focus on linking policy theory to practice; commissioned research and knowledge exchange for the voluntary sector, local government, and health boards
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Strathclyde alumnus

William McLachlan (to 2023)

(appointed in 2020)

  • Security Warden
  • Branch Treasurer, Unite The Union Strathclyde University Branch
  • Chair, Glasgow Provan Constituency Labour Party
  • Chair, Friends of Alexandra Park
  • Chair, Glasgow east-centre crime prevention panel

Members elected or appointed by the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association

 Benn Rapson (to 2022)

(appointed in 2021)

 Committees: Court Business Group, Court Membership Group, Estates

  • Student President, Strath Union 
Kirsty Bannatyne

Kirsty Bannatyne (to 2022)

(appointed in 2021)

  • Vice President of Sport, Strathclyde Students’ Union, and President of the Sports Union
  • 2021 graduate, BA (Hons) in Marketing
  • Sponsorship Officer for the Sports Union Executive Committee in 2020/21
  • Communications Officer for Scottish Student Sport Tennis in 2020/21


Members appointed by external organisations

Councillor Ruairi Kelly

(appointed in 2019)

  • SNP Councillor for North East Glasgow
  • Convener, Glasgow City Council Contracts and Property Committee
  • Member, City Administration Committee
  • Member, Finance and Audit Scrutiny Committee