Brian Gilchrist

I can be contacted by email at and I'm also happy to chat via LinkedIn at , or Twitter, where I can be found as @Aldochlay


Research title: Wellbeing and the Post Pandemic Employment Relationship

Research Summary

My current research interests are focused on Wellbeing and the Post-Pandemic employment relationship, and for my PhD I am investigating whether current models and approaches to employee wellbeing are being adapted to the growth of remote and hybrid working, or whether the pandemic is being considered as a brief anomalous disruption to previous ways of working.

As an experienced HR professional and senior leader, I also maintain my interests in:

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Leadership
  • Human Resource Management
  • Employment Relations

I'm also interested in how organisations communicate and brand their message, internally and externally.



Additional Information

After a very brief foray into the world of Maths and Computer Science, followed by several years full-time employment in the retail sector, I returned to academia and completed my undergraduate degree in 1999.

Joining one of Scotland's largest charities working with young people in crisis as their HR Manager, I set up and developed their HR function, and worked with them on several key HR and OD projects as the organisation pursued a significant period of strategic growth and innovation in its service delivery.  I remained with them for 10 years until I joined the Further Education sector in a senior Head of Service role.

Following a three way college merger, in 2014 I was appointed to the challenging role of Assistant Principal, responsible for Organisational Development, Health and Safety, Customer Service, and Brand, Marketing and Communications.

After seven years, further organisational change provided the opportunity to seek fresh challenges and I embarked on a full-time PhD in Management at the University of Glasgow in January 2022.

I hold the following academic qualifications:

  • BA (Hons) in Business and Management (specialising in HR and Employment Relations) from the University of Paisley (now UWS);
  • MBA (with distinction) from Glasgow Caledonian University

I am also a Chartered Member of the CIPD and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Aside from my PhD studies, my main interests are local and social history.