RSE Appoints new CEO

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) is delighted to announce that its next Chief Executive will be Dr Rebekah Widdowfield. She will take up post on 1st September 2017.

Following a geography degree at the University of Oxford and PhD at the University of Newcastle, Dr Widdowfield worked for a number of years at the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff, researching homelessness, rural poverty and social exclusion. She joined the Scottish Government in 2001, working in a number of roles before becoming a senior civil servant in 2008 in which capacity she has undertaken roles covering rural and environmental science and analysis, social research (as Chief Researcher), higher education and, most recently, housing.

President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, commented, “This is a splendid appointment for the RSE. We look forward to welcoming her on 1st September and working with her.”

Dr Widdowfield said “”I am delighted to be joining the Royal Society of Edinburgh as Chief Executive in September. The RSE fulfils an important role in civic Scotland and I look forward to working with the Council, Fellows, staff and stakeholders to further enhance the RSE’s reach and impact.”

Following the departure of the current RSE CEO Dr William Duncan on 31st May, Gordon Adam, Deputy Chief Executive, will act as CEO until Dr Widdowfield’s arrival on 1st September.