The University Chancellor
Whitehorn is Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University. The Chancellor is the
titular head of the institution and confers degrees and other awards of the
former executive at the Virgin Group, Will also holds boardroom roles at The
Scottish Gallery Employee Ownership Trust, Scottish Event Campus, Craneware,
Good Energy and AAC Clyde Space AB. His business interests include travel,
technology and communication as well as leadership, marketing and product
at Edinburgh Academy and the University of Aberdeen, Will enjoyed watching
aircraft at Edinburgh Airport as a youngster and spent his early career as a
crewman on North Sea search-and-rescue helicopters.
stints at Thomas Cook, TSB Group and Lombard Communications, he was recruited
to Virgin to boost the Group’s image in the City, and became a key lieutenant
to Sir Richard Branson. As Brand
Development and Corporate Affairs Director, he was at the heart of the
entertainment, media and travel giant’s relentless quest for new business
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.
moving on from Virgin Galactic as it entered a new stage of development, he
returned to brand and communications work, also holding board positions at
Purplebricks, Stagecoach and Transport Systems Catapult.