Gordonstoun’s new chair of governors Dr Eve Poole lives in Edinburgh and has a degree in theology from Durham University, an MBA from Edinburgh and a PhD in capitalism and theology from Cambridge. She is associate faculty at Ashridge Business School, where she teaches leadership and ethics. She has published extensively and has a particular interest in the neurobiology of learning. She is an associate lecturer at Edinburgh University and a visiting lecturer at the business schools of the Universities of Bath and Surrey. She was formerly a consultant at Deloitte.
Gordonstoun’s principal Simon Reid said: “I am really looking forward to working with Eve to steer Gordonstoun through the next phase of its development. I am especially excited that she shares our belief in a broad curriculum, combining academic ambition for every child with a broad range of experiences to develop life skills. Her commitment to education, experience in business and leadership, deep-rooted moral values and her dynamic personality make her highly qualified to fulfil this important role.”
Dr Poole said: “I am delighted to be Gordonstoun’s first female chair. My work in leadership development through the business community has shown that it is character more than anything else that wins through, and we badly need more of it in both our current and future leaders. Gordonstoun has pioneered character-based education since its foundation, and I firmly believe the school must continue to set the agenda for those who are genuinely interested in a broader educational experience. I look forward very much to working with my fellow governors, the principal, and the staff to nurture this fantastic school.”
Dr Poole will take over from Professor Bryan Williams OBE. in June. Professor Williams said: “Eve Poole has exactly the right experience, enthusiasm and commitment to the ethos of Gordonstoun to be a successful chair. After 11 years, it is very pleasing to be handing over to such a suitable successor.” Professor Williams is stepping down after 11 years as chairman and 21 years as a governor.