Patricia joined the Carnegie Trust in September 2012 and is currently the Trust’s Director of Programmes. Of English and Dutch descent, Patricia was born and raised in France. She studies in the Netherlands, obtaining an MA in English Studies (1995) followed by a PhD (2001) in Comparative Literature, both from the University of Leiden. She was a Fulbright Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American Studies, University of Virginia in 1999.
After her PhD, Patricia worked as a consultant in the Paris office of an American marketing consultancy firm. Moving to Scotland in 2005 in search of a cooler clime, Patricia then held a number of part-time teaching positions with the universities of Stirling, St Andrews and the Open University. Joining the ranks of university administrators, she was the first member of staff of the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, set up in 2008 by the University of Strathclyde to develop knowledge exchange activities in collaboration with other Scottish universities.
Patricia loves to bake and recently took up sewing classes. Most Saturday mornings, she can be found volunteering at her local Parkrun. She enjoys swimming and pilates when not visiting cinemas, theatres and museums or exploring Scotland with her partner, Daniel.
John started with the Trust as Grants Officer in November 2017. Originally from South Wales, John moved to Scotland with his wife Fiona after completing a PhD in Marine Biology at Swansea University in 2009. Following a brief stint in North Aberdeenshire, they relocated to Dunfermline. After a post-doc in the Langoustine Laboratory of the University of Glasgow John took up the post of Programme Manager with the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) based at the University of St Andrews.
When not racing around after his daughters, John enjoys mountain biking and tinkering with his 1972 Series 3 Land Rover.
Sarah started working with the Trust as Administrator in December 2017. Originally from Lincolnshire, England she moved to Scotland in 2005 to study at Queen Margaret University. Sarah completed a BA (Hons) in Film and Media in 2009. Since then Sarah has held a number of positions within Third Sector organisations. In her spare time Sarah enjoys reading, nature, hill walking in Scotland with her husband, Andrew and their Cocker Spaniel, Benji.
Having obtained a degree in Mathematics from Worcester College, Oxford Elizabeth qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London. After qualification Elizabeth explored a range of careers ranging from investment banking in London to plant propagation at the Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens. Eventually returning to the UK she settled into a career with the NHS working in senior finance roles and obtaining an MSc in Health Economics and Health Policy at the University of Birmingham. During her years working with the NHS Elizabeth developed an approach to demonstrating value for money in the not-for-profit environment, led the establishment of a new finance team and worked within a turnaround team.
Elizabeth took up her current role as Bursar of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland in September 2022.
Outside of work Elizabeth enjoys gardening, golf and bridge.
Dr Eve Poole OBE specialises in leadership. She has a BA from Durham, an MBA from Edinburgh, and a PhD in theology and capitalism from Cambridge. She is the author of several books. Leadersmithing was Highly Commended in the 2018 Business Book Awards, and was described by Joanna Lumley as ‘inspirational, practical and fascinating.’ For 15 years she taught leadership at Ashridge Business School, pioneering a new approach to the neurobiological development of leaders. Before Ashridge, she worked for the Church Commissioners and for Deloitte Consulting, where she specialised in change management for the Financial Services sector. She was Interim CEO of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2022, Third Church Estates Commissioner from 2018-2021, and the first female Chairman of Gordonstoun from 2015-2021. She is a regular contributor to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Scotland.
Eve started her role as Interim CEO of the Trust in May 2023.