Heriot-Watt University has announced that Ann Marie Dalton is appointed as University Secretary. Ms Dalton will take up her post in December 2010 but will work as Secretary Designate at the University from 4th May.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman said, "I am delighted that Heriot-Watt University has appointed Ann Marie Dalton as its new University Secretary. Ms Dalton brings with her great experience in university governance and management at a senior level.
"As Secretary Designate for the first few months of her appointment, Ann Marie will conduct a review of the professional services provided to our staff and students, while Peter Wilson will remain in his current role and be responsible for all operational matters. On completion of the review, and, until Peter Wilson's retirement in December, a seamless transfer of responsibilities will take place."
Ms Dalton is currently University Secretary and Registrar at Thames Valley University where she has been since 2001. Previously she also had responsibility for Planning and Management Information Services, Student Services, Academic Development and has led a number of projects including reviewing the University's governance arrangements.
In welcoming Ann Marie, University Secretary Peter Wilson said, "Ann Marie is joining Heriot-Watt at a very exciting time. I am sure that under her leadership the professional services of the University will continue to thrive and provide a high quality support service to our staff and students in the UK and further afield. I look forward to working with Ann Marie over the coming months and to seeing her established in her new role."
Prior to working at Thames Valley Ms Dalton was Assistant Company Secretary at Capital and Regional Properties plc.
Ms Dalton said, "I very much look forward to being part of one of the UK's most successful institutions and working with colleagues to deliver the University's strategy. Heriot-Watt University has a clear vision for the future, and I am delighted to be joining as Secretary at such an interesting time in Scottish higher education."