Gill Aitken

Gill Aitken was appointed as Registrar to the University of Oxford in September 2018 following a career in Whitehall where she led the legal teams of several large Ministries, latterly as General Counsel to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. In Whitehall she also ran professional services teams for a number of Ministries and at HMRC was the Social Mobility Champion. Gill returned to Oxford after many years away, having studied Philosophy and Theology at St Hugh’s College, where she is currently a Fellow.  

She is Founder Chair of Governors of the London Academy of Excellence, Tottenham, an academy aiming to provide a rounded 6th form education to talented students from the area with the aspiration of transforming admissions to good Universities. 

In the 2019 New Year Honours, she was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB), "for services to taxpayers and to social mobility".

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