Derek Watson

About Derek Watson


Derek is Chief Executive of SOI Group Ltd, a group of wholly owned spin out companies from the University of St Andrews. Operating within the UK and internationally, these companies provide expert advice and advanced instrumentation to assist regulators and developers with development in the marine environment.

Additionally, he is the lead employer nominated Trustee of the St Andrews Superannuation & Life Assurance Scheme; the main Pension Scheme for the University’s non-academic staff.

He joined the University in December 2002 as Financial Controller coming from NHS Scotland where he was Deputy Director of Finance & Property Development Manager of an NHS Trust.

Derek was appointed Quaestor & Factor in 2003; on appointment he carried the ‘traditional’ portfolio for this title which would normally be described as the Director of Finance and Resources. He was promoted in March 2011 to his current position of Chief Operating Officer.