Court of Regents

The Court of Regents exists to provide informed but informal advice to the College on key areas of strategic importance, critical challenges and arising opportunities. In addition, the Court of Regents serves to extend the College's external influence and visibility within local, national and international networks. 

Regents are appointed for a period of five years. It is a voluntary body, and since its inception, its membership has included senior, influential, and experienced individuals from a wide range of professional backgrounds who bring expertise in their respective areas.


Mr Robert Carr is a Consultant and Solicitor Advocate with Anderson Strathern, who won ‘Specialist of the Year’ at the Scottish Legal Awards for his work in healthcare and medical negligence litigation. Robert was Chair of Anderson Strathern for 12 years. He acts for a number of public bodies and regulators, such as the GMC and GDC.

In addition to being a Regent of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), where he chairs the Remuneration Committee, Robert is also a Fellow of Strathclyde Business School and a former Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for Corporate Social Responsibility in Scotland. Robert is a Past President of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and the Society of Solicitors in the Supreme Court and is a member of the Fair Work Convention and the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal Regional Enterprise Council. Robert chairs the Edinburgh Airport Consultative Committee and the East Lothian Advice Consortium, while also serving as a Part-time Sherif



Mrs Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is a pioneering biotech entrepreneur, a visionary in healthcare, a global influencer and a passionate philanthropist. She is a pioneer of India’s biotech industry and founder of Biocon. She is the proud recipient of two of India's highest civilian honours, the Padma Shri (1989) and the Padma Bhushan (2005). Additionally, she has been honoured with the Order of Australia (2020), Australia’s highest civilian honour, and Knight of the Legion of Honour (2016), the highest French civilian distinction. She has been conferred with the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2020 Award, which is a testimony to her entrepreneurial journey of over four decades.




Dr C. H. Leong is currently a private practicing surgeon in Hong Kong, specialising in general surgery and urology. He has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) since 1964 and is also a Fellow of the Dental Faculty ad hominem. Dr. Leong was the Founding President of the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong (CSHK) and President of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (HKAM). Additionally, Dr. Leong is a Fellow and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS England), and a Hunterian Professor. Furthermore, he is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP London). Dr. Leong served as Chairman of the Council of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and currently holds the title of Honorary Clinical Professor of Surgery.




Mrs Tari Lang has had an international career advising blue-chip corporations and government leaders. She was CEO of Edelman Public Relations Worldwide and Founding Partner of Reputation Inc. Her expertise lies in reputation risk, scenario planning and capacity development. She has a non-executive portfolio on the boards of several major arts and culture organisations, these have included the Edinburgh International Festival, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The National Galleries of Scotland and the National Theatre of Scotland. She currently chairs the board of The Royal Lyceum Theatre and is on the boards of Creative UK, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 





Mr Bruce Minto OBE FRSE co-founded Dickson Minto WS in 1985, specialising solely in corporate law and is now its Chair. Previously, Chairman of the Campaign Board to refurbish the Royal Museum, Edinburgh and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland. He is currently the Convenor of the Investigation Committee of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), chairs the Patrons Board of National Galleries Scotland and a Trustee of the Royal Botanical Gardens of Edinburgh Foundation Board. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), a Regent of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). He was awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to culture in Scotland.




Rt Hon Lord Ajay Kakkar KG KBE PC is President of The Thrombosis Research Institute London and Chairman of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. He is emeritus Professor of Surgery, University College London (UCL), having served as Professor from 2011-2021 and Chairman of University College London Partners Academic Health Science Partnership from 2013-2021, and Consultant Surgeon at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 2011-2021. Lord Kakkar completed his medical degree at King’s College Hospital Medical School and received his PhD from Imperial College London. He has been a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) since 1992. His research interests include the prevention and treatment of venous and arterial thromboembolic disease and cancer associated thrombosis. Lord Kakkar was created a Life Peer in 2010 and sits on the cross benches of the House of Lords. He was Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission from 2013-2018 and the Judicial Appointments Commission from 2016- 2022. He is Chairman of The King’s Fund, Chairman of UK Biobank, and Chairman of UK Office for the Strategic Coordination of Health Research. He is also Chancellor of the University of Lincoln. He was appointed a member of His Majesty’s Most Honorable Privy Council in December 2014 and a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2022.


Mr Eric Young is a commercial Chartered Surveyor (Eric Young and Co, 1983-2019, and Orinsen, from 2000), a non-Executive Director of West Town Limited (a residential development by Edinburgh Airport), Rutterford Holdings, and M2 Group/Miller Developments. Eric was a Director of Archangels (an investor in early-stage science and technology spin-outs) from 2000 to 2023, including eight years as Chair. The Young family supports various charities involved in sport, education, health, and culture.





Rt Hon Lord Jack McConnell was the First Minister of Scotland 2001-2007, UK Special Representative for Peacebuilding 2008-2010, and joined the UK House of Lords in 2010. Lord McConnell currently holds positions as Chancellor of the University of Stirling, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the UN Global Goals, and Chair of the McConnell International Foundation. He is an adviser to the Bangsamoro peace process in the Philippines, a mediator with the World Bank, Chair of SSE Sustainable Development Fund, and a global adviser to PwC. Additionally, Jack is Vice President of UNICEF UK, Chair of Reform Scotland, and an Ambassador for Action for Children. He also holds the positions of Honorary President of Scottish Athletics and Chair of Commonwealth Games Scotland’s Endowment Fund. Lord McConnell has received honorary degrees from Stirling and Edinburgh Universities. Lord McConnell was a Member of the Scottish Parliament from 1999 to 2011, Minister for Finance from 1999 to 2000, and Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs from 2000 to 2001. Jack graduated in Mathematics from the University of Stirling before teaching Mathematics in high school.


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