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.
Mr Jeremy Peat OBE FRSE has been Director since 2005, having previously been Senior Economic Adviser at the Scottish Office from 1985 - 1993 and Group Chief Economist at RBS from 1993 - 2005. He is a regular commentator in the Scottish press. Jeremy was a member of the 'Expert Group' advising the Calman Commission on economic and financial matters and is now a member of the Church of Scotland Commission on the Purposes of Economic Activity. He is also a member of the Competition Commission and, until the end of 2010, BBC National Trustee for Scotland.
Professor Alan Alexander OBE FRSE is 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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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.
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.
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.
Mr Jo Elliot is a merchant banker. He was chief executive of his firm, Quayle Munro, up to 2007 and has specialised in projects at the public/private sector interface including privatisations and PFI/PPP, acting for the public authority or for the private sector counterparty. He has been a Governor of Edinburgh College of Art and has recently been appointed to join the Court of Dundee University. He is also a director of J W Galloway Ltd, which is one of the largest meat processors in Scotland, and of an investment trust Edinburgh New Income Trust plc.
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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