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Heather McGregor

Provost and Vice Principal of Heriot-Watt University in Dubai, Heriot-Watt University

Professor Dame Heather J. McGregor is the Provost and Vice Principal of Heriot-Watt University Dubai.

Professor McGregor has a PhD from the University of Hong Kong in Structured Finance and is an experienced writer and broadcaster, including writing for the Financial Times for 17 years under the pseudonym 'Mrs Moneypenny'. She is also 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 is working to raise the representation of women at senior levels within the U.K.’s publicly listed companies. Professor McGregor is a non-executive director of two public companies, and the author of eight books, including Careers Advice for Ambitious Women (Penguin, 2012).

In 2009 Professor McGregor received an Honorary Degree from the University of East London for her work to support diversity in employment. Professor McGregor was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire for her services to diversity and employment in the New Year Honours List 2023. In 2021 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


  • –present
    Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University