Highlights from Carnegie Vacation Scholars’ Poster Competition…
At the Trust’s AGM in May 2022 we welcomed a new Chair, Ronnie Bowie.
To take on the Chair of an Endowment given by one of Scotland`s most famous sons and which has already transformed the lives of over 100.00 young people is daunting. But it is also a privilege to tackle the ever more complex environment of today whilst fulfilling Carnegie`s original wishes. Those challenges facing young people today are different from those of Carnegie`s time but they are nonetheless very real. In concert with my highly dedicated Trustee Board we will continue to address those challenges and to fulfil Carnegie`s twin ambitions of making University life accessible to all those who have the will but not the means and to supporting the Universities themselves as they seek to advance excellence and innovation.
Ronnie Bowie spent most of his career as a partner, including a period as Senior Partner from 2002 to 2017, at Hymans Robertson, an actuarial consultancy. During his time there the firm grew from around 40 people to its current complement of over 1000, becoming one of the UK`s leading consultancies.
Having served on Council and a number of Committees in 2011 he drove the merger of the two UK actuarial bodies creating the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries of which he was the first President. He has recently been awarded the Finlaison Medal by the actuarial profession for his service.
Subsequently he has held a number of non executive positions including chairing the Prudential Assurance Company, the University of Dundee, the Natwest Group Pension Scheme and the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice. He is also currently involved in the work to bring the Eden Project to Dundee. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Outside work he enjoys time with his 4 daughters, occasional golf and holidays.