Graham Little

        Head photo of a smiling Graham Little taken outside with plants in the background

Head of Financial Services

As a member of the Executive Group, I play a key role in ensuring the financial sustainability of SAMS as well as driving forward the growth of our research, commercial and teaching work and developing our professional services.

In my role at SAMS I head up the Financial Support Services team of professionals who provide financial reporting, contract, research and transactional support to the organisation.

I am passionate about the potential for finance to enable the organisation to succeed, flourish and expand into new work streams and projects.

Contact details:
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I started my professional career in the NHS where I qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1998. Since then I have held senior accounting and financial management roles at the Scottish Funding Councils, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Dundee. Prior to joining SAMS I was the Head of Finance at both Perth and Orkney UHI colleges.

I am a strategic finance professional and chartered manager, with over twenty years experience of financial reporting, managing commercial and research contracts, change management, corporate planning, cost control and customer focused business partnering in Further and Higher Education institutions across Scotland.



1989 HNC Accounting, Edinburgh Napier University

1998 CIMA, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants


Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA)

Qualified member of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (CGMA)

Qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CPFA)

Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr FCMI)


Employment History

Since 2021: Head of Financial Services, SAMS UHI

2020-2021: Head of Finance & Business Services, Orkney College UHI

2019-2020 : Head of Finance, Perth College UHI

2018-2019 : Senior Financial Accountant, University of Dundee

2004-2017 : Head of Management Accounting, Edinburgh Napier University

2001-2004 : Head of Accounting, University of Edinburgh Accommodation Services Limited

1999-2001 : Senior Management Accountant, Scottish Funding Councils for Further & Higher Education

1989-1999 : Management Accountant, NHS Scotland