Andrew Jefferson

Andrew Jefferson has been announced as Heriot-Watt University’s new Global Chief Financial Officer.

Andrew will deliver globally connected, consistent and high performing finance support to all our locations providing commercial direction and purpose. He will be central to the University’s strategic planning process, driving financial and operating performance through our financial planning and budgeting processes.

Professor Richard A. Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said: “We are delighted to appoint Andrew to this position. This is a key strategic appointment to support me, the Governors and the University Executive with the delivery of Strategy 2025. We have set ambitious goals for our University and Andrew will provide the global financial leadership necessary to drive, deliver and support our strategy and operations, including our ambitions for sustainable growth and development in a rapidly changing and competitive environment.”

Andrew has had a distinguished career holding senior positions in Scottish Water, Morrison Construction and Bank of Scotland Group. Since 2014 he has worked within the higher education sector at Dundee, Northumbria, Edinburgh Napier, and currently at Royal Holloway. He has also worked on a consultancy basis with the University of Aberdeen. 

He is a Heriot-Watt alum having studied for a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He subsequently qualified as a chartered accountant and he also holds an MBA from the University of Edinburgh.

Andrew said on accepting his new role: “I am looking forward to reacquainting myself with my former University and helping Heriot-Watt steer through the various challenges faced by our sector both home and abroad. I share the University’s commitment to delivering a fantastic student experience and ground-breaking research.”