Elaine Acaster

OBE DipDSc Dip Dietetics


Elaine AcasterInitially qualifying as a dietician, and then after working in the NHS, Elaine joined the education sector, lecturing in Glasgow prior to Head of Department roles in Harrow and Bedfordshire. During a period of rapid expansion in Further and Higher Education, Elaine was Deputy Principal of Westminster College (London).

On joining the Royal Veterinary College in 2002 as Assistant Principal, Elaine successfully led the College's academic support and development functions.

She added the role of Secretary to Council to her responsibilities from 2005, and in 2012 was appointed as the first female Vice Principal of the Royal Veterinary College. Since retiring from that role and that of Chairman of Trustees of the RVC's Animal Care Trust, Elaine continues her relationship with the Further and Higher Education sectors.


Council Member category

  • Appointed: University of London, 2014 - 2018


Committee membership

  • Standards Committee

Declaration of interests







Appointments to other bodies

  • Member, Board of Management, Borders Regional College, Scotland
  • Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee, Borders Regional College
  • Member of Court, Queen Margaret University
  • President of the Graduates' Association, Queen Margaret University

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations



Royal Veterinary College

  • 2002 - 2005 Assistant Principal
  • 2005 - 2012 Assistant Principal and Secretary to Council
  • 2012 - 2013 Vice Principal (Strategy and Governance) and Secretary to Council
  • 2013 - 2015 Independent Adviser

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

DipDSc; DipDietetics

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends


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