Board of Governors

Chairman, Dr Eve Poole


Dr Eve Poole BA MBA PhD FRSA

Eve Poole joined the Gordonstoun Board in 2015 as Chairman.

Eve is Associate Faculty at Ashridge Business School, where she teaches leadership and ethics. She has a degree in Theology from Durham University, an MBA from Edinburgh, and a PhD in Capitalism and Theology from Cambridge. 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 management consultant at Deloitte, where she specialised in change management in financial services, following an earlier career working for the Church Commissioners. 

Eve attended Madras College, St Andrews, and Westminster School in Connecticut, and lives in Edinburgh with her husband and their twin girls.

Governor, Mr Richard Marsham


Richard Marsham BCom

Richard Marsham joined the Gordonstoun Board in 2008 and has responsibility for marketing matters. He is Acting Chair of the Development Committee.

Richard has worked at The Leith Agency, Scotland’s leading marketing communications agency, since 2002. In 2004 he was promoted to the Managing Partner position and currently has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the agency and its 95 staff. He has spent his entire career working in marketing communications on both the client (Scottish & Newcastle) and agency side. In terms of client experience Richard currently works on the Scottish Government account across a number of campaigns, plus Golden Wonder and Standard Life. 

Originally from the Lake District, Richard followed his father’s footsteps to Gordonstoun (1982-87) and then he went on to Edinburgh University (Bachelor of Commerce). He still lives in Edinburgh.


Governor, Ms Victoria Ayre

Ms Victoria Ayre

Victoria joined the Board in June 2017.

Victoria read Classics with Archaeology at Liverpool University and went on to study law, specialising in litigation.  She is currently a principal solicitor to the Scottish Executive.  In that capacity, she has been a member of the Adoption Bill team drafting secondary legislation under the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007; head of a legal team in the Scottish Prison Service; representing the Scottish Ministers in forensic cases in the Mental Health Tribunal system; and acted for the Secretary of State for the Home Department, working on Judicial Review and Appeal cases brought by asylum, migrants and foreign nationals.

In addition, Victoria sat on a steering committee to help establish a Children Act in Bulgaria and was a reporter to and member of Law Society Complaints Committee. Her previous experience was with the Islington Local Authority in Child Abuse, Fostering and Adoption cases and Falkirk Council, where she advised the Social Work Services on litigation including child care and adoption and fostering and Education Law.  

Victoria lectures on a variety of topics in law to various audiences - both academic and professional.

Governor, Mr Robert Bacon

Mr Robert Bacon BA (Hons)

Robert joined the Board in February 2016 and is Acting Chair of the Education Committee.

Robert has a degree in History and a PGCE, both from Durham University. He taught at Stamford School in Lincolnshire for 13 years, where he worked in senior boarding before becoming a boarding Housemaster in the Junior School. From 1996 until his retirement in 2015 Robert was Head of the Junior School at St Edmund’s School Canterbury, which incorporates the choristers of Canterbury Cathedral. Throughout his career, Robert was actively involved in outdoor education and he retains a special interest in its wider educational value.

In retirement Robert is a museum curator and a volunteer caseworker for the Armed Forces charity SSAFA, and he also helps to run a family farm business. He and his wife live in Suffolk and they have two grown up children.

Mr Gregg Davies

Mr Gregg Davies BSc (St Andrews) Cert Mgmt

Gregg joined the Board in March 2017 and is Chair of the Education Committee.

Following five years at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s School in Elstree Gregg, moved to Fettes College in Edinburgh as an assistant teacher of biology. Over the next fifteen years, in the Athens of the North, he became sequentially Master i/c Rugby and Athletics, Head of Careers, Head of Department, Housemaster, Deputy Head and Acting Head of the Preparatory School.

This varied list of responsibilities led Gregg to a Headship at Shiplake College.

During his time in Scotland he was an examiner for SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority), a moderator for Edexcel and a tutor for BSA.

Gregg was an IRB panel referee and has officiated in the Six Nations, U21 World Cup and the European Cup. He is currently a member of the HMC Sports' Sub-Committee (with specific responsibility for rugby) and Chairman of The Society of Heads' Education Committee.

Governor, Mrs Joanna Grant-Peterkin

Mrs Joanna Grant Peterkin BA DL

Joanna joined the Board of Governors in 2013 and is a member of the Education Committee.

Joanna has a degree in History from Durham and a PGCE from Oxford. She taught at Heathfield in Ascot and St Paul’s Girls’ School in London before becoming Headmistress of St George’s School, Ascot until 2005. Since then she has helped schools, including Gordonstoun, with recruitment for leadership appointments and has advised staff on professional development.

In 2017 Joanna was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Moray.

She was a trustee of the North Foreland Lodge Trust, set up by Gordonstoun in 2005, and lives in Forres and London.

Governor, Mr George Grunebaum

Mr George Grunebaum BA

George joined the Board in 2003 and has been on the Board of the Gordonstoun American Foundation since 1990 and its President since 2000. He has responsibility for American matters and is a member of the Development Committee.

George attended Gordonstoun from 1976 to 1981 and was a member of Round Square prior to graduating from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He began his career in finance at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York in 1986 and retired from JPMorganChase in 2005 after spending 19 years in the Emerging Markets division of the bank and the last few as head of client and proprietary trading.

In 2005 he co-founded Dolomite Capital Management, an emerging market asset management multi manager and advisory firm. He is now CEO of Ashmore Investment Management US Corporation and President of Ashmore Funds, a series of US registered mutual funds.

Mr Russell Kew

Mr Russell Kew

Russell joined the Gordonstoun Board in June 2017 and is Chair of the Finance Committee.

He has held various Board positions in both private and public organisations over the last 20 years, currently as Chairman of Condor Ferries Limited since 2014 and Chairman of Governors at Fareham College since 2010. Previous roles include CEO of Wightlink Ferries Limited a position he held from 2009 until 2015. He was a director of the Solent LEP from 2010 until 2017.

He has led organisational cultural change projects while implementing new IT systems and major capital improvement projects, as well as business acquisitions and sales in both private equity and infrastructure funds.

He lives on the south coast of England between Portsmouth and Southampton. 


Ms Sophie Kueffer-Upton

Sophie Kueffer-Upton BA

Sophie joined the Board in 2007 and has responsibility for alumni matters. She is also a member of the Development Committee.

She attended Gordonstoun from 1977 to 1982 (Windmill Lodge) and went on to study Business Organisation at Heriot-Watt University before moving to Switzerland, where she studied Economics for a further year at Neuchatel University. Sophie worked in business translating and property development before taking time out to follow her love of writing and write a novel. After completing her book she returned to property development and established her own interior design company.
She has also been involved in children’s charity work and voluntary after-school sports teaching since 1999.

Sophie lives in Switzerland with her husband and three children.


Mr Clive Meikle

Mr Clive Meikle BSC (Hons) FRICS

Clive Meikle joined the Board in 2013 and is a member of the Finance and Estates Committee.

Clive has worked as a Chartered Surveyor in the north of Scotland for over 20 years.  Following a degree in Geography at St Andrews University, Clive trained as a surveyor in the public sector and since then has worked both in private practice and in the development industry. Clive is a partner of Bidwells where he runs the firm's Inverness office.

Clive has four children and lives in Aviemore.

Sir Dusty Miller

Sir Dusty Miller KBE

Sir Dusty Miller joined the Board in 2007 and is a member of the Finance and Estates Committee.

Sir Dusty joined the Royal Air Force in 1967 and served in a range of home and overseas appointments, most recently as the Deputy Commander in the NATO Headquarters in Naples. He commanded RAF Lossiemouth during the period 1995-1997, during which time his daughter and son attended Gordonstoun School, his son remaining for a further two years to complete his A-Levels.

Sir Dusty retired from the Royal Air Force in January 2008 and now fills his time with voluntary work connected with either the Royal Air Force or Youth, or both.

Governor, Mrs Anne Pollock

Mrs Anne Pollock ASCT C Text ATI

Anne joined the Board in 2005 and has been a member of the Education Committee and currently the Finance and Estates Committee.

After graduating with a degree in Textile Design from the Scottish College of Textiles, Anne worked in design and marketing with International Wool and Hoechst AG, the fibre marketing organisations, before establishing her own design consultancy company working with clients internationally. She has taught and lectured in design and served as an external assessor at universities around the UK.

Anne has two sons, both of whom are OGs.

Mr Dermot Shortt 

Mr Dermot Shortt BSc, FCA

Dermot joined the Board in June 2018 and is a member of the Finance & Estates Committee.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants whose career has seen him work for many multi-national organisations particularly in the media sector where he grew such esteemed brands as CNBC, Discovery, Animal Planet and CBS. He has deep business experience including in strategy, restructure, revenue growth and digital. Dermot is a founding trustee of Chello Foundation, an Aids education charity in Africa.

He lives in Buckinghamshire and is married with three children and has two girls at Gordonstoun.


Mr Alastair Stewart

Mr Alastair Stewart

Alastair Stewart joined the Gordonstoun Board in June 2018 as Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Alastair is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland with eight years in public practice with Price Waterhouse, specialising in audit in their Edinburgh, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea offices, before moving to industry. After leaving public practice he worked in the wine industry in New Zealand, Australia, USA and Europe before joining the Baxters Food Group as their Group Finance Director. For the last eight years Alastair has held the role of Group Chief Financial Officer of Continental Farmers Group, floating the business on the London Stock Exchange before selling it to the Saudi Arabia Government. Alastair has held several senior positions on Audit and Risk Committees and has extensive experience in the development and implementation of risk management frameworks.

Alastair attended The High School of Dundee, then attained a degree in Accountancy in Finance from Heriot-Watt University. He lives in Elgin with his wife and their three children, all of whom currently attend Gordonstoun.


Mr Ruaraidh Thomas 

Mr Ruaraidh Thomas

Ruaraidh Thomas joined the Board in June 2017.

Professionally Ruaraidh has spent nearly 25 years working in the print, direct and database marketing world. In that time he has been a founding director of a Database & Digital Marketing business and part of an executive team that launched a related Marketing Services business, all of which he was involved in helping to build, grow and exit. He is a member of various related industry associations, judges awards and speaks on data and related subjects.

He lives in South-West London and is married with two young children. Interests outside of work include cricket (he has fond memories of playing on the North Lawn both as a Gordonstoun pupil and old boy), country sports and skiing.

He very much enjoyed his time at both Aberlour House (1978-82) and Gordonstoun (Cumming House 1982-87), making the most of the music, sport and many activities available throughout.


Mr David White MBA

Mr David White MBA

David White joined the Board in June 2008 and is a member of the Development Committee. He was a pupil at Gordonstoun from 1965 to 1970 and was the Helper of Altyre House. His daughter attended the School from 2004 to 2006. He is a member of the Campaign Leadership Board and has been active in developing support for the Campaign. He is also a member of the Board of the Gordonstoun Foundation.

David has spent most of his career since leaving School as an investment banker, with Baring Brothers, JP Morgan, and Citigroup. He is currently Vice Chairman of Hines Associates Ltd, a corporate finance company specializing in advising companies in the financial sector. David is a graduate in Economics and has an MBA from the Scottish Business School at Strathclyde University. He has a particular interest in developing small companies and is regularly an investor in, and director of, early stage businesses.

Originally from Greenock, Scotland, David now lives in Chiswick, West London, and Devon.


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