Alastair has worked with Advance HE (previously via LFHE) since its
inception, is an alumnus of its Top Management Programme (TMP), has
significant experience of higher education leadership and management
at all levels, and has a very strong reputation as an engaging facilitator.
Alastair has worked on several of our open programmes (TMP, Senior
Strategic Leadership, Heads of Department, Heads (Scotland)). He has
also designed and delivered in-house programmes for over 50 institutions in all mission groups in
Prior to joining Advance HE, Alastair was Vice-Principal and University Secretary at the University
of St Andrews, during a period of very high profile for the institution.
He has also held HR roles in various organisations and sectors and has been an Academic Registrar
in two universities. In these roles, Alastair gained direct experience of leading and managing
institutional processes, people, culture, strategy and reputation and has drawn upon those
experiences over the past 14 years as a consultant and leadership developer.
Alastair has a particular interest in organisational development (design, leadership, cultures and
sustainable change) and system dynamics (groups, teams, complexity and process review). He
has designed and delivered programmes on performance management, academic and professional
services leadership, organisational culture and diversity. He also coaches individuals and teams
(including senior teams) from the perspective of a critical friend.
Alastair is a trained language teacher and has worked in private industry as a remuneration
specialist; managing performance pay systems, job evaluation, recruitment and employee terms
and conditions. As a consultant, his clients beyond Higher and Further Education include the
Scottish Government, NHS and Social Care organisations and a range of public and not for profit
Alastair is a trained and experienced coach who has worked with individuals and small groups
from across the Higher Education sector and beyond. He is a certified Analytic-NetworkTM coach
and an active member of its community of practice.