Prof Pat Monaghan - President
Pat Monaghan studied at the Universities of Glasgow and Durham, and is currently Regius Professor of Zoology at the University of Glasgow. She is internationally recognised for her research work on how animals respond to environmental change, for which she has received a number of honours. Her work ranges from the study of animal ecology to molecular biology, and most recently has focussed on how early life conditions influence the rate of ageing. She is interested in conservation biology and has been involved with a number of government and non-governmental conservation bodies. She is also interested in links between the arts and sciences; for example, she produced an exhibition at the Hunterian Museum on the life and work of Alexander Wilson, a late eighteenth century Scottish radical, and poet who is considered the founding father of American ornithology.
Dr Geraint Bevan - Previous President
Geraint was raised in Letchworth Garden City and educated at Salford (BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering, 1996) and Glasgow (PhD, 2008; PGCAP, 2010) where he was employed as a Research Associate, Analyst/Programmer and University Teacher. Since 2009, Geraint has worked at Glasgow Caledonian University, where he is a Senior Lecturer, focused on teaching and research in Control Engineering and Instrumentation, with published research on bond-graph modelling for control system design; design of automotive control systems; monitoring for nuclear safeguards; machine condition monitoring; and renewable energy, including optimisation of smart grids with distributed generation and modelling of anaerobic digestion reactors. He is a Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Member of the Institute of Measurement and Control, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Before his academic career, Geraint worked as a Flight Test Engineer, Flight Systems Engineer, then Senior Flight Systems Engineer at British Aerospace (1996-2003), including…
Dr Colin Miller - Vice-President
Colin was born and educated in Glasgow and qualified as a doctor in 1976. His postgraduate training was in anaesthetics and has mostly been in the central belt of Scotland. He spent a year in Hong Kong doing cardia-thoracic anaesthesia and was appointed as a consultant anaesthetist to Stobhill Hospital in 1990. His special interests are Intensive Care, dental anaesthesia for people with learning difficulties and anaesthesia for major gynaecoclogical cancer surgery. He was clinician in charge of the ICU at Stobhill for three years and also the President of the West of Scotland Society of Anaesthetists. Currently he is working as a theatre anaesthetist three days a week. He is happily married, has two children and two grandchildren I is fortunate to live in Glasgow which offers so many opportunities for exercising the mind and body… and tastebuds. Regrets, few, but wishes he had taken up sailing in my…
Tricia Fort – Vice-President
Tricia is a retired Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, originally from the Yorkshire edge of Lancashire in north-west England, who worked in a variety of posts for British Rail, perhaps the most notable being Permanent Way Maintenance Engineer, West Highland, responsible for the maintenance and safety of the railway track from Hyndland to Helensburgh, Oban and Mallaig from 1990 until1994. She decided to study civil engineering while attending a direct grant girls grammar school and after working for a year with a major firm of consultants in London, gained a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton. Worked for the Department of Transport in the north-east and north-west of England on motorway and bypass bridge and road design and construction, becoming a Chartered Civil Engineer in 1978. In 1979 joined British Rail, gave birth to sons in 1981 and 1983, and…
Tony Burton OBE - Honorary Secretary
Tony graduated from the University of Keele in Philosophy and English literature and was a teacher in Malaysia before taking up a post as a writer and researcher for Which? magazine. In 1975 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Planning Exchange in Glasgow, which focused on promoting Innovative practice in economic, social and environmental development throughout the UK. Now retired, Tony is secretary of a successor body, The Planning Exchange Foundation, for which he has produced a documentary on Glasgow's Victorian and Edwardian architecture and town planning. He was recently a member of the Board of Scottish Opera and a Vice President of Which? He enjoys sailing on the West Coast of Scotland and reading for a degree in Opera Studies at the Rose Bruford College in Kent and visiting his three granddaughters: Sigga living in Reykjavik, Erica, and Remi, London. Tony has been on the council since 2017.
Richard Service CA CTA - Honorary Treasurer
Having graduated from the University of St Andrews and qualifying as a chartered accountant, Richard specialised in taxation. He worked in both the profession and commerce mostly in the area of corporate tax. He advised businesses ranging from small family owned companies to FTSE listed multi-nationals. For 10 years he was a part-time lecturer in the department of taxation at the University of Glasgow. Richard has been the honorary treasurer of a number of charities.
Dr Leonard Esakowitz FRCOphth FRCS(Ed) DO
Leonard was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and was until recent retirement a consultant ophthalmologist in the Glasgow area. He has long been curious about how things work – or don’t. Enjoys the arts, photography, his allotment and sociable times.
Mr Campbell Forrest
Campbell was born and educated in Glasgow. Most of career was spent in management of heavy industry in Scotland – aluminium smelting in the Highlands and a rolling mill in Falkirk. He was Divisional Director of British Alcan and was also managing director of a retail company with high marketing exposure, and Board member of Associated Independent Stores. Now retired, Cambell is also on the Council of the Geological Society of Glasgow and leading a project to attempt to rescue the Fossil Grove in Victoria Park. Interests include mountaineering, particularly rock climbing (Scottish Mountaineering Club for 45 years), skiing, fishing (a recent discovery), art, and a wide variety of music. No content with all that, he also taught for a full year at a Glasgow comprehensive in the old “uncertificated” years; and played in a Glasgow based folk group in the revival years of the '60's and early '70's.
Prof Felicity Huntingford
Felicity took her Batchelor and Doctoral degrees at Oxford University, before moving to the University of Glasgow in 1974 to take up a lectureship in Zoology. She was promoted to Titular Professor in 1994, retired in 2011 and now holds an honorary research position, still in Glasgow. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Acadamia Europea, has served as President of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour and of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles and has received a number of other honours. She is a behavioural biologist with a special interest in consistent individual differences in behavioural and physiological responses to challenges (sometimes referred to as animal personalities). Her work has focussed on fishes, with the aim of using fundamental behavioural knowledge to promote health, welfare and production in cultured fish, and thus to support sustainable aquaculture. Felicity has been…
Prof. Adrian Bowman
Adrian Bowman is Emeritus Professor of Statistics in the University of Glasgow. He grew up in the seaside town of Prestwick in Scotland, followed by university education in Glasgow and Cambridge, in Mathematics and then Statistics. Adrian's first academic job was in the University of Manchester but he subsequently moved to Glasgow, where most of his career has developed and where, prior to his retiral, he was Head of the School of Mathematics & Statistics. His research interests have focused on building statistical models which have sufficient flexibility to deal with complex patterns which occur, for example, in data from environmental monitoring. He is also involved in developing models for shape, for example of the human face, which has multiple scientific and medical applications. Data visualisation and the graphical communication of uncertainty has also been a continual theme. Adrian is a keen amateur musician. This expresses itself through playing viola…
Prof Graham C M Watt CBE
Graham, having graduated in Medicine from Aberdeen University, is now Emeritus Professor, General Practice and Primary Care at the University of Glasgow. He held the post of Norie Miller Professor of General Practice, University of Glasgow between 1994 and 2016 and was elected Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in 2000. He was also elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2014. He is the founder of “General Practitioners at the Deep End” serving the 100 most deprived communities in Scotland, which has now been followed by “Deep End Projects” in Ireland, Yorkshire/Humber and Greater Manchester. He is a trustee of Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and is chair of the Steering Group, Lancet Palestinian Health Alliance. His football interests include being a trustee and Vice-Chair of the Scottish Professional Football League Trust. He was awarded the Saltire Society Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun Award for Science…