Professor Heather J. McGregor is the Executive Dean of the Edinburgh Business School, the School of Business of Heriot Watt University.

 Professor McGregor is also the principal shareholder and non-executive chairman of the executive search firm Taylor Bennett. She is also the founder of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which works to promote diversity in the communications industry. In addition, Professor McGregor is a non-executive director of two public companies.

Professor McGregor has a Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong in Structured Finance and is an experienced writer and broadcaster, including writing for the Financial Times for 17 years. She is also the founder of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which works to promote diversity in the communications industry, and a founding member of the steering committee of the 30% Club, which is working to raise the representation of women at senior levels within the U.K.’s publicly listed companies.

In June 2015, Professor McGregor was made a Commander of the British Empire for her services to diversity and employment. In February 2017, she was appointed by the UK Government to be a member of the Honours Committee for the Economy.

Qualifications

PhD, University of Hong Kong
MBA, London Business School
BSc (Hons), Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Publications

McGregor, H., Sarabi, Y., & Christopoulos, D. (2018). The Brokerage Profile of Director Interlocks, Comparing Women and Men Directors in the FTSE 100. Presented at the British Academy of Management Conference in Bristol.

McGregor, H., House, T., & Christopoulos, D.(2018). Is an Undergraduate Degree Enough to Deliver Social Mobility? Delivering Social Capital to Support Ethnic Minorities as a Source of Career Advantage. Presented at the British Academy of Management Conference in Bristol.

McGregor, H., Christopoulos, D., & Sarabi, Y. (2018). Gender in Corporate Interlocks: Dynamic Analysis of UK FTSE100. Presented at the INSNA SUNBELT Conference in Utrecht.

McGregor, H., Christopoulos, D., & House, T. (2018). Delivering social capital in management education. Presented at the INSNA SUBELT Conference in Utrecht.

McGregor, H., Sitko, R., Killen, S., Christopoulos, D. (2017). The weakness of strong ties: Ethnic minority success in jobs with high social capital. Presented at the British Academy of Management in Warwick. 

McGregor, H., Killen, S., & Christopoulos, D. (2017). Breaking the glass ceiling: the social capital of senior female executives. Presented at the British Academy of Management in Warwick and the ISNA SUNBELT Conference in Beijing.

McGregor, H. Championing workplace diversity starts at business school. Management Today. 6th Nov 2017.

Heather McGregor. Championing diversity in the workplace starts at (business) school. Chartered Associations of Business Schools. 5th December 2017.

Edinburgh Business School was established to do the thing it continues to do brilliantly – to provide access to management education to people all around the world, regardless of where they are, the hours that they work or their family circumstances

Professor Heather McGregor