Professor Joan Stringer was elected Convener of SCVO from 1 January 2002. She took up the post of Principal & Vice-Chancellor of Napier University in January 2003. Prior to her appointment she was Principal and Vice-Patron of Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh. Professor Stringer has been a member of, or appointed to a range of external organisations including: the Scottish Committee of the National (UK) Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education (the Dearing Committee 1996-1997); the first such enquiry into higher education since the 1960s, the Dearing Committee reported in July 1997 on the shape, structure, purpose, size and funding of higher education in the UK for the next 20 years; Consultative Steering Group on the Scottish Parliament, chaired by the Scottish Minister for Home Affairs and Devolution. The main report was issued in December 1998 and set out the rules and procedures governing the operation on the Parliament; Commissioner with the Equal Opportunities Commission for Great Britain; special responsibility as Commission for Scotland (1995 – 2001).
- Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Ex-officio trustee
- David Hume Institute Trustee
- Scottish Council for Development and Industry Executive
- for a potted biography of Professor Stringer see the Sunday Herald article of Sept. 28, 2003 'A Woman Of Principal' by Barry Didcock available at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4156/is_20030928/ai_n12584975