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Pic caption – Mrs Christina Potter.

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The Principal of one of Scotland’s most successful further education colleges has been appointed a member of the University of St Andrews Court.

Mrs Christina Potter was appointed Principal of Elmwood College in September 1997. Prior to that, she held senior posts in English colleges, including Vice-Principal at Warwickshire College in Leamington Spa. In total, she has spent 17 years in further education – five years in lecturing posts and 12 years in a variety of management posts.

An ex-pupil of Glenrothes High School, Mrs Potter had a successful 13-year career in the computing industry before moving into further education. She holds professional computing qualifications together with full membership of the British Computing Society. In 1996, she completed an MBA (with Distinction) at Warwick University. Mrs Potter is Vice- Chair of the Scottish Further Education Unit, Chair of Scotland’s Rural Colleges and also a Board Member of Scottish Enterprise Fife.

Mrs Potter said, “I am both honoured and delighted to have been appointed to the Court of Scotland’s oldest university. I believe it is essential that higher and further education institutions work together to maximise the achievement of Scotland’s young people. Over recent years, Elmwood’s links with St Andrews have grown and we have learned much from each other. The University is held in high regard both nationally and internationally and my appointment gives me an ideal opportunity to learn more of its work. At the same time, it brings further education experience and ideas to the University’s future strategic thinking and debate. I look forward to making a worthwhile contribution”.

Mrs Potter’s appointment as a member of Court, effective from 1 August 2002, coincides with that of Edward Murray and Douglas Connell.

Edward Murray, a University of St Andrews alumnus, is a founding director and shareholder of British Linen Advisers Limited, the company which acquired the corporate advisory business of British Linen Bank from the Bank of Scotland. Mr Murray has extensive transaction experience covering stock market flotations, merger and acquisition work and fundraising. He is also responsible for the human resources function within the company. Married with three sons, Mr Murray lives in Edinburgh with his wife and sons.

Meanwhile, Douglas Connell is Joint Senior Partner of Turcan Connell and, with Robert Turcan, led the de-merger in 1997 of the private client business of Dundas and Wilson into the new, independent law firm of Turcan Connell, now one of the largest law firms in Scotland. Mr Connell specialises in trusts, asset protection and heritage property. He acts as principal adviser to many individuals and families including a large number of chairmen and chief executives of Scottish-based companies. His work on charity law includes the formation and merging of charities and advice to the trustees of several major national institutions and private charitable foundations. Mr Connell lives with his wife and two teenage sons in Edinburgh.

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NOTE TO EDITORS – Photographs of Mrs Potter, Mr Murray and Mr Connell – in jpeg form – available from Claire Grainger, contact details below.

Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or email cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: court/standrews/chg/31july2002

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