The Trust Welcomes Dr Eve Poole as our Interim CEO

Professor Andy Walker FRSE, the Secretary and Treasurer of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, retired in June after an impressive decade at the helm. The Trustees are taking the opportunity to undertake a Strategic Review and have appointed Dr Eve Poole OBE as Interim CEO while they do so. Paying tribute to her predecessor, Dr Poole said: “Andy’s are big shoes to fill. He has made an enormous contribution to the whole sector, and it makes sense for the Trustees not to try to replace him immediately. I am looking forward to working with the Trustees to refresh their strategy and to help them decide what leadership they need for the next phase.”

Eve joins the Trust from the Royal Society of Edinburgh where she also served as Interim CEO, following previous roles as Chairman of Gordonstoun and Third Church Estates Commissioner for England. Her earlier career involved management consultancy at Deloitte and lecturing in leadership and business at Ashridge Business School. She has a BA from Durham, and MBA from Edinburgh, and a PhD from Cambridge. She received an OBE in the 2023 New Years Honours for services to education and gender equality, and is delighted to be back working in the university sector. She says: “I grew up in St Andrews, so Carnegie is an iconic figure to me. His contribution to education in Scotland has been extraordinary. I’m aware that the world of university education has changed a lot since 1901, which requires dexterity on the part of the Trustees to reinterpret the Trust’s Royal Charter for today’s needs. I’m delighted to be part of that journey, and to help further the Trust’s valuable interdisciplinary contribution to the life of Scotland.”