AN Oxford graduate has been appointed secretary and registrar of St Andrews University

Mark Butler, currently programme director in the Scottish Executive's Performance and Innovation Unit, will take up post on September 4.

He has extensive experience of public sector leadership in front-line organisations in both Scotland and England and was director of human resources for the NHS in Scotland from 2001 until 2005.

His current role as a senior civil servant involves establishing and directing a national programme to support the long term transformation of public services in Scotland.

A graduate of Oxford University, he has held a number of board positions including the Scottish Executive Health Department Board and the Scottish Leadership Foundation, and as chairman of the National Workforce Committee for Health and the charity Art for All.

His executive positions in England included NHS Trusts in Derby, Birmingham and Worcester where, as chief executive, he developed one of the first new hospital schemes delivered under the private finance initiative.

As a member of the principal's senior team, Mr Butler's responsibilities at St Andrews will include strategic planning, human resources, student services, IT services and the registry .

He will also be closely involved in the institutional planning process at a time of change, challenge and opportunity for Scotland's oldest university.