Before becoming Dean of The Business School at Edinburgh Napier University in February 2018, Gail spent the majority of her career working with a diverse mix of organisations; from large global corporations and national public sector bodies, to small, innovative start-up companies. Through a variety of leadership roles in commercial management, business development, strategic contract delivery and business transformation, she gained a wealth of industry insight and experience to draw on, and now leads the Business School towards achieving its ambitions for success.
As Director for BT Business and Public Sector in Scotland until January 2018, Gail 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 was to support the delivery and utilisation of communication technologies to enhance innovation and business growth in Scotland.
Today, as Dean of a Business School that has built its reputation on programmes that are closely connected to industry and graduates that are highly employable, Gail believes it is the external engagement that sets us apart. Ensuring our students receive not only, the knowledge required but the skills; the soft skills, confidence, self-awareness and networks, to be successful, renowned leaders in their field, ultimately filling the skills gap to drive productivity and economic growth in Scotland.
Adept at strategic planning, Gail describes herself as a “visionary with a multi-functional perspective and great attention to detail”. Together with colleagues in the School, she has created a new vision “to be the business school for empowerment, enterprise and employability for all” and will work to deliver this vision, fostering collaboration and driving successful strategies for sustainable growth, in an increasingly challenging and competitive sector.
Gail studied at the University of Stirling, Scotland and Texas A&M University, USA. She is an ‘Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy’ and has a number of Board memberships and Trustee positions.