Former managing director of Radio Forth in Edinburgh, ex-journalist and author, and current proprietor of a Hebridean brewery. A Trustee of the East Lothian Pipes and Drums Trust since 2009 and convener of the organising committee of the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships.
Edinburgh fund manager. Established East Lothian Pipes and Drums Trust (ELPDT) in 2007 reconstituted as the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust (SSPDT) in April 2015. He is also chairman of the Tam O’Shanter Trust (TOST), a family charity. A father of two pipers but not a piper or drummer himself.
Interim CEO of Streetwork, Edinburgh. A member of Children in Scotland’s fundraising panel. Has held senior roles wieth PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, KPMG LLP and PA Consulting Group Ltd within the disciplines of Public and Private sector Consulting, Corporate and Structured Finance and Diligence and also as Operations Director for Scotland’s largest privately owned software company. Formerly a non-executive director of the Macrobert Arts Centre, a member of the CBI Scotland’s Public Sector Forum, and commissioner for Childcare Reform in Scotland.
Played in pipe bands from a young age and spent five years as a full time musician touring and recording with the Tannahill Weavers.
Helped establish and led the James Gillespie’s High School Pipe Band in Edinburgh which was only RSPBA competing band from a state secondary school in the city at the time. Began playing in Grade One at 16 and is a current member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. A student at the University of St Andrews and the Chancellor’s Piper. Tutors the City of St Andrew’s Pipe Band and the 1st St Andrews Boys Brigade.
Formerly HM Senior Chief Inspector of Education in Scotland. Chair, Caritas Awards Assessment Board 2011-2014. President, Standing International Conference of Inspectorates 2000 – 2001. Chair, South Eastern Education & Library Board, Northern Ireland 2006- 2010. Chair, Statutory Inquiry into Child Abuse in Cabin Hill School, Belfast. Report on Higher Education in Northern Ireland. Review of Scottish Courts Service. Review of Scottish Parole Board. Interim Prisons Complaints Commissioner. Visiting Professor University of Strathclyde 2003-06. Chair, Board of the Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded 2008-14.
Joined the British Army in 2008 after graduating from Edinburgh University. Served at home and abroad and most recently commanded the Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards in Catterick, North Yorkshire where he was responsible for the recruiting, training and professional development of the band. An enthusiastic and self-confessed amateur piper.
Head teacher at Govan High School for 20 years until May 2014. Central to the development of the Govan Schools Piping Project in partnership with the Govan Weavers’ Society and Trustee of the Govan Schools’ Piping Trust. Founding principal of Newlands Junior College where Iain has piping tuition in the curriculum.
As a piper has competed in every grade apart from Grade 4. A member of the 1st Port Glasgow BB Pipe Band and a number of other bands, finally playing in the Clan Campbell Pipes and Drums and Britoil Pipes and Drums under Pipe Major Angus Lawrie. Enjoys encouraging his son who is learning the pipes, and is a regular sponsor of the Uist and Barra Piping Competition.