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Ray Perman, Director

Ray-PermanAs Director, Ray is responsible for commissioning research and publications and identifying speakers for seminars. Since the Institute is entirely independent of government, he also raises money from sponsors and patrons to fund its activities.

Ray is also Chair of the James Hutton Institute, a scientific research organisation working in the fields of environmental sustainability and food security. From 2005-2013 he was chair of the Access to Finance Expert Group, which advised the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on policy relating to SME finance. He was a member of the board of Scottish Enterprise from 2004-2009 and chair of Social Investment Scotland, which makes loans to the social economy, from 2001-2009. He is a former member of the court of Heriot Watt University. He co-founded the business magazine company Insider Publications Ltd in 1983 and was an executive director of Caledonian Publishing plc.

Telephone: 0131 550 3746
Email: director@davidhumeinstitute.com