Department: Executive team
Dr Rebekah Widdowfield
Chief Executive

Rebekah has been Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy, since September 2017 and has spent much of her career focused on the application of knowledge and understanding to policy and practice.

Rebekah worked in academia for a number of years researching homelessness, rural poverty and social exclusion, before joining the Scottish Government to pursue a more applied research career. She became a senior civil servant in 2008 serving as Head of Rural and Environmental Science and Analysis and as Chief Researcher before moving to policy in 2013 as Head of Higher Education and Science.

Rebekah supported a number of strategic advances during her time in Government including: leading the development of the first carbon accounting of a financial budget; helping develop and set up the Centre of Expertise on Climate Change, ClimateXChange, and; establishing and then working with the Commission on Widening Access to support a more holistic approach to enhancing access to university to students from deprived backgrounds.

A former trustee of the Scottish Book Trust and the Centre for Homelessness Impact, Rebekah is currently a member of the Board of Management of City of Glasgow College.