Gordonstoun head Lisa Kerr has been appointed to lead George Watson’s College in Edinburgh from August 2024.
Kerr, who has led Gordonstoun since 2017, will succeed Melvyn Roffe to become the fifth principal of the college.
An announcement from the college said Kerr will also bring business expertise to the leadership of the school as, before headship, she enjoyed a “distinguished career” in commercial media.
This was followed by several years working in strategic consultancy where Kerr worked with infrastructure businesses undergoing transformational change. Lisa attended the City of Edinburgh Music School, studied music at the University of York, and recently served as a vice chair of Scottish Opera.
She has been a governor of three schools and served on the boards of several regulatory bodies including at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. A deputy lieutenant of Moray, Lisa has recently been appointed as a member of the board of HMC – the Head’s Conference.
Lisa is married to John, a Royal Marines Reserves officer and skiing and mountain bike instructor, and they have three children. She is looking forward to returning to her home city to lead Watson’s whilst experiencing the cultural life of the capital, George Watson’s College said.
A statement from the college added: “Lisa and Melvyn will work closely together in the coming months to ensure a seamless handover in 2024 and maintain the positive momentum that continues to characterise the work of the school.”