Andrea became Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University in July 2013. Her institutional leadership career began with appointment as Head of Division of Veterinary Pharmacology at the University of Glasgow, becoming Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, Vice Principal for Learning & Teaching in 2004 and Senior Vice-Principal & Deputy Vice Chancellor in 2009. Andrea graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Trinity College Dublin and after a short time in veterinary practice, embarked on an academic career which took her to the Universities of Cambridge, Bristol and the Technical University of Munich. During the 1990s she established herself as a research leader in the field of animal pain, and was appointed Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology in 1998. She is a Board member of the Higher Education Statistics Agency, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, and the Universities and Colleges Employers Association, and a member of the QAA Scotland Committee and the UUK International and Europe Unit Board. Andrea is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Royal Agricultural Societies and is an honorary life member of the Association for Veterinary Teachers & Research Workers.