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Dr Eve Poole | Photo credit: Ian Knox

The RSE is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Eve Poole as Interim Chief Executive with effect from 21 March 2022. Dr Poole has a BA from Durham, an MBA from Edinburgh, a PhD in theology and capitalism from Cambridge, and is the author of several books, including Leadersmithing. She was Third Church Estates Commissioner (2018-2021) and the first female Chairman of the Board of Governors at Gordonstoun (2015-2021). She taught leadership at Ashridge Business School for 15 years, having previously worked for the Church Commissioners and Deloitte Consulting, where she specialised in change management.

Reflecting on her appointment, Dr Poole said she was “delighted” to join the RSE as Interim Chief Executive, adding:

It’s been wonderful to meet Fellows and staff, and our funders, partners and awardees. I’m excited about the RSE’s emerging strategic plan, and have been really struck by the RSE’s unique contribution to the life of Scotland. In my first few weeks, I was particularly thrilled to meet our Young Academy, our Enterprise Awards recipients, and those who have benefitted from the Covid re-boot research grants. I’m also in touch with our partners in the other National Academies globally, as we all strive together to work across the disciplines to solve societal problems and to fight fake news. The public need trusted voices in the public square, and I’m enormously proud of our vibrant community of 1,800 Fellows and all that they do to serve the public good.

Dr Eve Poole