Royal Society of Edinburgh names new chief executive

Scotland’s national academy the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has promoted its director of programmes Sarah Skerratt to be its next chief executive.

She is to take up the top role in September having led on its programmes for the last two years. Across a 30 year career in the research sector she has also been a director of policy engagement at Scotland’s Rural College and is professor of rural society and policy.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh distributes research grants and promotes Scotland’s interests abroad. It also advises policy makers and runs public engagement events.

“It is a privilege to be appointed as chief executive of the RSE, said Skerratt, who replaces interim CEO Eve Poole.

“The Academy’s Fellowship is made up of some of the greatest thinkers and leaders in Scotland, and as chief executive of Scotland’s National Academy, I am determined to help mobilise the Fellowship—from Shetland to Stranraer and Stornoway to St. Abbs.

“We strive to make knowledge useful at the RSE, and I intend to deliver on that promise. It’s not just about Fellows having the opportunity to give back by sharing their knowledge, but about creating a collaborative community to make the most of the RSE’s unique status as an inter-disciplinary Fellowship.

“Personally, having access to knowledge as a young person changed my life. Without role models and influencers, we cannot hope to inspire Scotland’s future generations.”

RSE president John Ball added: “In a highly competitive field, Professor Skerratt demonstrated a compelling understanding of what the RSE needs.

“Her strong leadership track-record, and her broad experience across an impressive 30+ year career makes her the ideal candidate to step into the role of Chief Executive.

“I’d like to extend my congratulations to Sarah, and I am very much looking forward to working with her.”

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