Meet the Chairman


The current Chairman of the Club is Mr J. Melvin (Mel) Keenan.

Mel has been a Member of the Club since 1999, was a Committee Member from 2007-2010 and Vice Chairman from November 2014. He is also a Burgess of the City of Aberdeen.

Mel is a founder member and Director of Keenan (Recycling) Ltd, a local enterprise employing close to 70 staff and recycling 60,000 tonnes of organic material annually. Mel previously held the position as Chairman of RGIT Montrose, one of the world's leading providers of sea survival, fire fighting and general safety training to the offshore oil and gas industry. Following an approach from an AIM listed company Mel stood down as Chairman to mount a successful Management Buy Out alternative to the proposed trade sale. Mel became Executive Chairman, expanded the Global Footprint of the Company and later negotiated a successful sale of the Company to Petrofac.

Previously Mel was a member of the ELF management team for the operated assets of Piper Bravo, Claymore, Scapa and the Flotta Terminal. Public appointments included Aberdeen Harbour Board, The Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Board, the Oil Industry Advisory Committee to the Health and Safety Commission, The Sea Fish Industry Authority, and the The Scottish Qualifications Authority Advisory Committee for the Process Industries. Mel was also a founder member and Chairman of The Sea Fisheries Training Council and currently sits on the Employment Appeals Tribunal in Edinburgh.

Mel is a keen Sailor, skippering his Fisher 37 motor sailer "Mallard" on the West Coast waters. (Nothing to do with ducks, he says, but named after Mallard the fastest steam train in the world).

Mel's other passion is "fine machines" motor cycles and cars.

Mel is married to Nancy and has two sons - Grant who is MD of Keenan Recycling and Gregor who is Technical Director


Membership of The Royal Northern and University Club is by nomination


Those interested in becoming Members should contact the Club Secretary, who will be pleased to provide further information. Current Members of the Club will also be able to answer the enquiries of potential candidates for admission.

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.


The Weighing Machine, gifted to the Club in 1903 by the Officers of the 1st Gordon Highlanders.

Membership Lunches are held regularly for prospective new members to view the Club, take a tour of the facilities and meet the Club Chairman.