Geoff Ball was the Chief Executive of Cala from 1974 until his retirement in 2009. He led the management buyout and subsequent sale of the business. He was also Chairman of McCarthy & Stone and was for many years on the boards of Standard Life and Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust. He is a past president of the UK Homebuilders Federation.
He says: “Supporting Queen Margaret University is important to me because its work has a truly transformative effect on the lives of the people it serves. I’ve seen first-hand examples of the University’s innovative work in health, in business and in creativity and culture. It is clear to me that, through the dynamism of its staff and a commitment to ‘joined up’ approaches, the University is delivering - and building on - its mission of providing teaching, research and knowledge exchange which is immediately relevant to the social and economic needs of Scotland and beyond.”
Until her retirement in 2008, Sandie Randall was Head of Subject for Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Management at Queen Margaret University, and Academic Director for Overseas Collaborations and Partnerships within the University’s School of Business. She was also responsible for learning and teaching within the School and the Scottish representative for the former Learning and Teaching Subject Network and the Higher Education Academy subject area of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism.
She says: “As a former student and member of staff at Queen Margaret University, I have a deep appreciation of the distinctive ways in which QMU helps its students develop their expertise and potential, which in turn contributes so much to society at home and overseas. While no longer directly involved myself, I am pleased to be able to support this good work by funding a student prize. This prize is intended to encourage and support student aspiration at a time of increasing financial hardship. In addition, I hope this example will also encourage others in the QMU community to give.”
Dr Frances Dow CBE
Former Vice-Chair of the QMU Court, has recently given £4000 to the University's Vice-Chancellor Fund. This fund was set up by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Petra Wend with the aim of supporting students who wish to take part in study or research abroad.
Dr Dow, a former Dean of Arts and Vice Principal at the University of Edinburgh, served the Court of QMU for seven years. During her time on the Court, she drew on her broad range of higher education experience to provide much appreciated wisdom and counsel to fellow Court members and staff of the University.
She says: "My motivation to support QMU through a donation was very much to mark my admiration for the way in which studying at QMU broadens students' horizons and gives them a great launching pad for their future lives and careers. I know from my own career that first generation university students can benefit enormously from confidence-building experiences which raise their aspirations as well as their achievements and so it gives me great pleasure to further the aims of the Vice-Chancellor's Fund."
Thorben Grosser, a recent QMU graduate in Events Management (2012) has recently gifted a generous donation of 500 Euros towards the Student Fund in response to his time at QMU.
Shortly before his graduation, Thorben, together with six fellow students and QMU’s Professor Joe Goldblatt, attended the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) conference in San Diego. In response to this trip, Thorben was offered a job with EventMobi, a multinational company who produce mobile apps for events, conferences and tradeshows that enhance the attendee experience. Thorben is now Business Development Manager for EventMobi in Berlin, Germany.
According to Thorben “that 2012 student trip to San Diego resulted in me getting this job. Therefore, I want to make sure future students have the same opportunities I had a QMU. Coming to QMU changed my life because of all the practical experiences and training I received. As well as the valuable career contacts that I made. I am still fairly new to this job, so making this contribution means I need to cut back on some things for a few months to afford this donation. However, I am happy to do this to financially support your students who I hope will enjoy the same experiences and success that I have since graduating from QMU.”
Thorben continues to support PCMA for the second consecutive year
"As long as you keep taking students to PCMA and as long as I can support it financially, please count on me helping to deliver these valuable memories to students".
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