Professor Heather McGregor is the Provost and Vice Principal of Heriot-Watt University Dubai. Professor McGregor was previously the Executive Dean of the Edinburgh Business School, having held the post since 2016. Her earlier career was in investment banking, and she has spent 17 years as an entrepreneur leading her own executive search firm prior to her move into higher education. Professor McGregor has a PhD from the University of Hong Kong in Structured Finance and an MBA from London Business School. She is a qualified chartered management accountant (CGMA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Her undergraduate degree was a BSc in Agricultural Economics & Marketing from Newcastle University. She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Sunderland.
Professor McGregor is an experienced writer and broadcaster in the UK and Australia. She wrote under the pseudonym Mrs Moneypenny for the Financial Times for 17 years, has been a columnist in the Times, the Sunday Times, Financial News, and the Australian Women’s Weekly, and has written features for the Daily Mail and the Observer, the Spectator and the Field among other periodicals. She presented her own TV series on personal finance, Superscrimpers on the UK’s Channel 4 from 2011-2014. She took her own sell-out one-woman comedy show to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010 and 2013. She is the author of nine non-fiction books; her best-selling book, Careers Advice for Ambitious Women has been translated into multiple languages.
She was the founder of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which works to promote diversity in the communications industry, and a founding member of the steering committee of the 30% Club, which works to raise the representation of women at senior levels within publicly listed companies. Professor McGregor was awarded a CBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List in the UK for her services to business, especially diversity in the workplace.