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Board members are senior figures from business, academia, finance and policy-making and have the collective responsibility for the governance and strategy of The David Hume Institute.



HectorMacQueen Professor Hector MacQueen FBA FRSE is a Scottish Law Commissioner and Professor of Private Law at the University of Edinburgh.He was Director of the Institute from 1991-1998 and was appointed Chair of Trustees on 8 December 2011



Ray Perman is 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.


Professor Alan Alexander OBE FRSE is General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  Emeritus Professor of Public Sector Management, Strathclyde Business School. Founding Director, Scottish Local Authorities Management Centre, University of Strathclyde. Chair, Waterwise. Former Chair, Scottish Water and West of Scotland Water. Former Chair, Postwatch Scotland. Former Chair, DistanceLab Ltd. Former member, Commission on Local Government and the Scottish Parliament; Accounts Commission; Economic and Social Research Council.

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Stephen Boyle is Head of Group Economics and a director of RBS Pension Trustees Ltd, the Group’s main pension scheme. He first worked at RBS from 1996-2001 as Head of Business Economics. He returned to RBS in 2006, having established Futureskills Scotland. He has also worked in universities and was director of an economic consulting business.

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Ms Kyla Brand is the Office of Fair Trading Representative for Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland. Based in Edinburgh since 1999, Kyla has drawn on private sector experience in corporate social responsibility, market research in the Gulf states and a varied civil service career in the then DTI.

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Professor Alice Brown, CBE, FRSE, FRSA, AcSS: Emeritus Professor of Politics, and formerly Vice Principal, University of Edinburgh. Also Co-Director of the University's Institute of Governance.  Scottish Public Services Ombudsman from 2002-2009.  Currently member of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council; Sunningdale Fellow; and Chair of the Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. 

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Laura Dunlop QC has practised at the Scots Bar for 24 years. She has been involved in a number of Public Inquiries, including Dunblane and the Fraser Inquiry into the cost of building the Scottish Parliament. Since 2005, she has held office as Procurator to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. At the beginning of 2009, Laura was instructed as Senior Counsel to the Penrose Inquiry into HIV and Hepatitis C from blood and blood products. Since November 2009, she has served as a part-time Law Commissioner, with responsibility for a project on adults with incapacity.

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Mr Jo Elliot was chief executive of the independent merchant bankers, Quayle Munro up to 2007, building up its specialisation in project finance. Among various non-executive board appointments he is now chairman of Hub Southeast Scotland, a public/private joint venture developing social infrastructure, and director or trustee of Dundee University, J W Galloway Ltd, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Dunedin Consort, the Social Care Council of the Church of Scotland (Crossreach) and the Grassmarket Community Project.

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Charlie Jeffery is the Director of the Academy of Government and has been Professor of Politics at the University of Edinburgh since 2004. He is also Head of the School of Social and Political Science (since 2009) and a Vice-Principal of the University, responsible for Public Policy (since 2011). Previously he was Professor of German Politics and Deputy Director of the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham.

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Owen Kelly was appointed as Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) in January 2008. SFE is the representative body for Scotland’s financial services industry.Before joining SFE in January 2008, Owen worked for 20 years as a civil servant in London and Edinburgh. His key policy specialisms in government were EU and international relations; and communications. He spent 2 years in Tokyo in the 1990s, promoting Scotland as an investment location. Owen joined the government service in 1988, shortly after graduating from Edinburgh University with an honours degree in Mandarin Chinese, a language he continues to study.

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