Royal Society of Edinburgh appoints first Director of Development

17/04/2023
Margaret Morton (RSE Director of Development). (Photo : Ian Georgeson)

THE RSE, Scotland’s National Academy, has appointed Margaret Morton as Director of Development to support its strategic priorities and expansion of its work nationally and globally. 

Margaret is an experienced fundraising leader and will take up her post today (Monday 17 April), moving from the University of Glasgow where she was Chief of Staff at the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences. She is also a trustee with community project funder Hub Community Foundation and previously spent a decade leading on revenue generation for children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland and social venture philanthropists Inspiring Scotland. 

Throughout her career, Margaret has played a pivotal role in generating considerable income that has supported the delivery of numerous local and national projects for the public good across Scotland. Her experience has involved dealing with a diverse range of stakeholders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, in a variety of executive, non-executive and advisory roles.

Before moving into fundraising and business development, Margaret qualified in law, specialising in commercial property, and enjoyed a successful legal career, latterly as a partner of a Scottish law firm. She remains a member of the Law Society of Scotland.

Margaret now brings that experience and focus to the RSE to support its ambition as Scotland’s National Academy and bring knowledge and learning to all parts of the nation.  

The newly created role will support the RSE to establish a new fundraising, income generation and funding diversification programme to support the delivery of the RSE’s recently launched five-year strategic plan. Margaret will explore funding opportunities and identify new and innovative revenue streams to support the work of the RSE Fellows to tackle key societal challenges, focusing on climate change and sustainability; economic prosperity; and social cohesion and inclusion.

Margaret said: “It is a pleasure and a privilege to join the RSE at such an exciting time as it embarks on its new five-year strategy to tackle significant societal challenges facing all of us. The RSE’s 1800 Fellows, who bring multidisciplinary perspectives to the key issues, will be instrumental in navigating the road ahead so Scotland continues to play an influential role in shaping the future.

“I am looking forward to supporting the Fellowship in their ambitions to be a leading voice on these issues and ensuring the RSE remains at the forefront of thought leadership and critical thinking at a time when we are all seeking answers and solutions.”  

RSE chief executive, Professor Sarah Skerratt added: “We are delighted to have Margaret join the team that supports the work of the Fellowship in delivering their strategic priorities over the coming years. As we look to the future, it is essential that we deliver a strong and comprehensive strategy to diversify our funding streams, identifying new income generation opportunities complementing funding we receive from the Scottish Funding Council and other sources, enabling the RSE to generate greater leverage and impact.

“Margaret brings a wealth of business development experience to the organisation at a time when the RSE Fellowship is ambitious to grow its reach and impact across Scotland and beyond.  I know that Margaret will make a lasting impact on the RSE’s work and ensure its primary mission of Knowledge made Useful will continue to flourish through her contributions.”

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