Robert MacIntosh FCMI FAcSS FIET CEng trained as an engineer and now specialises in strategy and change related work. As a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and of the Academy of Social Sciences he has an interest in multidisciplinary research and has published on research methods, relevance and impact over the last two decades.
He has held leadership roles in three business schools and is currently the Head of School for Social Sciences at Heriot-Watt University where he oversees 15,000 students and 300 staff at the university’s campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia and online. He is also Strategy 2025 Advisor, supporting the Principal & Vice-Chancellor and the Vice-Principal & Provost in the planning and delivery of Heriot-Watt’s strategy.
He is Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and sits on the Council of the British Academy of Management. He has extensive experience working with, facilitating and researching strategy in a range of publicly traded firms, large public organisations and third sector organisations and has supervised a number of senior leaders from the US, Canada, Europe and the UK to doctoral completion.
Outside academia, he Chairs the charity Turning Point Scotland which provides services to over 8,000 of society’s most vulnerable citizens. He publishes regularly on academic life in the Times Higher Education and on doctoral study through thePhDBlog.com. His status as a shareholder in Aberdeen Football Club demonstrates his innate optimism.