Academia

Space pioneer Whitehorn joins Napier as chancellor

Space industry pioneer and business executive Will Whitehorn has been appointed as the next chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University. The Edinburgh-born president of industry group UKspace takes up his post at the University on 1 August, taking over from current chancellor Dr David Eustace.

A former executive at the Virgin Group, and chairman of Edinburgh software company Craneware, Mr Whitehorn (pictured) also holds boardroom roles at The Scottish Gallery Employee Ownership Trust, Scottish Event Campus, Good Energy and ÅAC Clyde Space AB.

His business interests include travel, technology and communication as well as leadership, marketing and product design.

He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and the University of Aberdeen.

After stints at Thomas Cook, TSB Group and Lombard Communications, he was recruited to Virgin to boost the group’s image in the city as the brand development and corporate affairs director.

Mr Whitehorn worked on a series of major Virgin projects, including the Pendolino train, and later took up the post of President at Virgin Galactic, which saw him play a central role in developing the concept of commercial space travel.

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