Meet the team

An overview of the Vice Principal and Directors of the Corporate Services Team, who are responsible for key operational aspects of the University.

Dr Catherine Martin has overall management of Corporate Services Group, comprising a wide range of professional, operational, commercial, and commercialisation services provided by almost 3,000 staff.

Gary has strategic responsibility for Accommodation, Catering and Events (ACE) and the Estates Department, bringing them under one management ‘umbrella’ within the wider Corporate Services Group.

Damien joined The University of Edinburgh in January 2023, and prior to that he was Director of Estates at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Carina Svensen is Director of Accommodation, Catering & Events

Ashley oversees the delivery of strategic priorities and operational leadership across the University. 

Barry helps ensure our strategic change initiatives, programme and organisational change capability supports the University to deliver Strategy 2030.

Dave is the senior university lead for climate change, sustainability and a range of social responsibility issues including responsible investment, community engagement, social impact and social innovation.

David is the Director of Strategic Partnerships, having recently retired as a Partner at PwC where he was the Lead Partner in Scotland for Government and Public Sector.

George is CEO of Edinburgh Innovations, the University's commercialisation service.

Since 2018, James has led the University's HR team in aligning our People Strategy with Strategy 2030, in order to enhance our reputation as a world-class employer.

Jarmo Eskelinen is an urban data and smart city expert leading  the Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) initiative at the University of Edinburgh.

José is responsible for team that houses, cares and manages the animals used in biomedical research at the University, ensuring optimal animal welfare and compliance with all relevant legislation.

Mark heads up the Sport & Exercise department - one of the most respected multi-sport fitness providers in the country with over 21,000 gym members.

Nicola is Chief Executive Officer at Edinburgh University Press, Scotland's largest academic publisher.

Suzanne has been the Director of Health & Safety since 2018, helping the University conduct safe teaching and research.