Gail Boag

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Mrs Gail Boag

Dean of The Business School


Gail studied for her undergraduate degree in Business Management at University of Stirling, Scotland followed by a year at Texas A&M University, USA studying Sales Strategy and Leadership.

She was then selected to join the graduate programme at BT PLC where her career began. Over the next few years she progressed through the organisation, based in London, in a variety of roles from sales, client management, business development, marketing, customer service and sales management.

Gail then moved back to Scotland and decided to take a break from corporate life while bringing up two small children. However keen to keep engaged with the commercial world she agreed to take on a home based role as Sales Director for a small IT hardware business, before taking on a leadership role with the same organisation to move into software sales nationwide.

Talking to teacher friends in high schools and being a parent herself Gail then spotted an opportunity to develop effective sexual health education materials. Following a period of extensive research and collaboration with experts from Greater Glasgow Health Board she developed and published a three part programme on Sex, Drugs and Alcohol Awareness to be taught in schools for 14-18 year olds. This was very successful in the UK and Australia before the licence was sold to the Scouts Association where 30,000 boy and girls scouts throughout the UK can access the materials online.

Gail then joined Ghekko - a 'Sunday Times Fast Track 100' IT and communications reseller, to set up a corporate sales division before finally returning to BT PLC in 2011 where she embarked on a BT Global Leaders development programme.

For the next 7 years Gail had a variety of commercial roles within the company, most recently as Director for BT Business and Public Sector in Scotland where she was responsible for the direction, engagement and strategic management of BT's activity across their client base, leveraging the brand opportunity and investment at regional level. She was also a member of the BT Scotland Board whose primary objective is to support the delivery and exploitation of communication technologies to enhance innovation and business growth in Scotland.

Gail joined Edinburgh Napier University in February 2018 as Dean of The Business School which prides itself on the quality of its programmes and applied research, the employability of its graduates and for adding value to the social, cultural and economic capital of the communities it serves.