Sheena joined UHI in March 2022 to provide strategic advice and guidance to the university Court - the university’s governing body.
She organises the work of the Court and its associated committees and acts as a trusted advisor to Court members around protocols and compliance with legal and statutory obligations; and is responsible for leading on business continuity planning, risk management and health and safety.
Sheena has over thirty years’ experience in higher education administration, and worked previously at Abertay University where she held several roles including deputy secretary for three years followed by university secretary for ten years.
Sheena has been convenor of Universities Scotland Secretaries’ Group; member of the Executive Committee of the UK Association of Heads of University Administration; non-executive director of Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges Ltd; and member of the Advance HE Governance Development Forum. Sheena was also a Trustee of the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association for six years prior to taking up her role at UHI.
Previous experience also includes being a role model in the Aurora programme, Advance HE's leadership development initiative for women, and developing an award-winning equality and diversity initiative within a university, called Lead Voices.
Sheena holds a degree in archaeology and geography from the University of Glasgow and she worked for three years as an archaeologist at the Museum of London before moving into higher education administration.