Meet the Chairman
The current chairman of the club is Mr Robert A J Smith.
Robert was born and brought up in Shetland; returning there after graduating in law at Aberdeen University in 1978; he founded the legal practice of Dowle Smith and Rutherford in Lerwick, in 1982; which prospers still; and which was assumed into the larger Glasgow based legal practice of Harper Mcleod in 2015. During his time as founding partner, he was also an honorary depute sheriff clerk at Lerwick Sheriff Court, secretary to the Shetland Fishermens Trust, a director of the local enterprise trust; and chairman of Shetland Islands Tourism. He continues to be a qualified solicitor, but left the practice in 2000 to concentrate on his business interests.
He founded Brudolff Hotels group in 1985; which currently owns and operates 4 hotels in north east Scotland, ( including the Craighaar Hotel here in Aberdeen), and is currently chairman , as well as a director of 3 other companies trading in the north east, with a total of 225 staff between them.
He has been a member since 2003; is married to June and they live in Bieldside, and have 2 children, Katie, who is a trainee solicitor with A C Morrison and Richards in the city, and who married David ( also a member of the club) in July this year; and Robyn, who is also following in her dads footsteps and is in 1st year at Aberdeen University, studying law.
Roberts outside interests revolve around his family; but both he and June are season ticket holders at Pittodrie and have been members of the “ 50 club” there since 2003.
Membership of The Royal Northern and University Club is by nomination
The Club has two main categories of Membership: Ordinary and Country. Eligibility for Country Membership which has a lower subscription rate, is available for Members when their residential and business address are outwith a 30 mile radius of Aberdeen. A further category, Junior Membership, is available for those between the ages of 21 and 30.
Many of today's Members are actively involved in local, national and international affairs. Although they are businessmen, they know they are Members of a Club, where briefcases are left closed and business talk is confined to private rooms. Members are encouraged to use the Club as a home away from home where they can meet like-minded friends in a pleasant and comfortable envirionment.
The ambience of the Club has to be experienced to be appreciated. It is about good companionship and a sense of belonging in a dignified atmosphere, where old traditions have meaning and value, because they have been tested and retained.