The power of Scotland

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Merchant banker

Angus Grossart has a reputation for being Scottish businesses’ primary fixer, with a finger in almost every meaningful pie in the Scottish economy. He is chairman and executive director of Noble Grossart, the merchant bank he founded in 1969. Educated at Glasgow Academy and Glasgow University, he currently sits on the boards of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh Fund Managers, Trinity Mirror, Hewden Stuart and the Scottish Investment Trust. He is also deputy chairman of the National Galleries of Scotland and an influential figure in the Scottish art world. Previously he has served on the boards of Scottish Opera and the Edinburgh Film Festival. Last year he was criticised both for delivering a trenchant attack on current economic policies, arguing they “barely engage with the most vibrant parts of the economy”, and for approving lavish bonuses for Royal Bank directors following the successful takeover of NatWest. However, he shrugged off and survived both events and his influence remains enormous. Now 65, he rules out retirement, arguing he would like “to die of exhaustion not of boredom”.


Special advisor

The 51-year old academic has been close to Jack McConnell since McConnell was a student at Stirling University. Donnelly was a key part of the fresh-faced politician’s first electoral campaign – when McConnell campaigned for a local council seat in the city. The two later served together as councillors in the 1980s and also steered the Scottish Labour campaign in 1997, which saw the party wipe out the Conservatives north of the Border. Donnelly now serves as the First Minister’s chief special advisor.


Chief executive, Royal Bank of Scotland

Goodwin is a former chief executive of the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks and is now at the helm of NatWest since its takeover by the Royal Bank. Both are potential funders of the government’s housing transfer schemes. A Paisley Grammar School and Glasgow University boy, he trained as an accountant. While an auditor of Touche Ross, he became chief operating officer in charge of the liquidation of Bank of Credit and Commerce International. With cost savings of 653m achieved in the first year of the NatWest merger, against a target of 550m, he has established himself as the nation’s shrewdest businessman. Not for nothing is he nicknamed ‘Fred the Shred’.


Television presenter

Kirsty Wark and Alan Clements are the undisputed First Couple of the Scottish media scene. Wark is one of the most respected broadcasters in the country. As well as her work on BBC2’s Newsnight, she presents Upfront, Axiom and Edinburgh Nights, BBC 2’s coverage of the Edinburgh International Festival. Together with her husband, she established Wark Clements, one of Scotland’s most prolific independent production companies. Initially, Wark Clements focused its energy on documentaries, but in recent years it has diversified into children’s television, comedy and drama, and is now worth an estimated 10m. Wark recently signed a new 750,000 contract to present Newsnight, Omnibus and Late Review, while the company negotiated a deal with the BBC worth 3m over two years.



Scotland’s richest man, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, with a fortune worth 661m, Sir Ian controls the largest private company in Scotland. The Wood Group employs more than 10,000 people across 30 countries and has become a world-class energy services company. The company is expected to announce later this month record sales of 1.05bn last year. Sir Ian joined the family firm in 1964 when it was still a fishing company. A former chairman of Scottish Enterprise, he likes to compare the firm to an octopus, with its tentacles stretching across the globe. Turnover has doubled in the past two years as the company embarked on an ambitious expansion programme. The Wood family owns 63% of the company while another 23% is held by institutions such as Standard Life, Noble Grossart, Bank of Scotland and the Scottish Investment Trust – illustrating the tightly-knit community that wields enormous influence at the top end of Scottish business.


Executive deputy chairman, HBOS

He may have had to settle for the number two job following the Bank of Scotland’s merger with the Halifax, but he remains a key player in the Scottish business community after making BoS into arguably the most efficient bank in the UK. Having joined BoS in 1975, he is now responsible for overseeing the integration of the two companies so that the merged company can credibly challenge the ‘Big Four’ high street clearing banks.


Permanent secretary, Scottish Executive

The top mandarin at the helm of government in Scotland’s administrative machine is the man modernising ministers most love to hate. But while ministers baying for his blood have come and gone, his position remains strong. The intelligence and determination of the Glasgow University physics graduate took him to the Scottish Office in 1970, where he quickly rose through the ranks. Frequently portrayed as a Sir Humphrey figure, resistant to change, he has nonetheless been shortlisted as a possible replacement for Sir Richard Wilson who retires as UK cabinet secretary in July. Russell presided over the creation of the Scottish Parliament and the structure in which Executive civil servants and special advisers now work.


Chief executive, Scottish Enterprise

Crawford left school with little or no qualifications and followed his father

to work on the IBM assembly line in Greenock. He attended night school to make up for his educational shortfall, however, and after years of involvement in the business of boosting Scotland’s economic performance, took up his current post in January 2000. Between 1996-98, he worked in the Private Sector Development Department with the World Bank in Washington DC. He has an excellent working relationship with Enterprise Minister Wendy Alexander as the pair have orchestrated a major overhaul of the enterprise network, streamlining it to make it more responsive to the needs of customers.



Credited by anxious parents across the world with single-handedly taking the eyes of their children away from screens and back to the printed page, Rowling’s cultural impact is immense. She has shown her power by forcing the giant Coca-Cola corporation into sponsoring a children’s literacy campaign in exchange for a tie-in deal at the launch of the first Harry Potter film. With a personal fortune of around 220m, and percentage deals for all Harry Potter box office takings and merchandise, she is Scotland’s richest woman, whose fortune is destined to rise further.


Principal, Edinburgh University

Born and educated in Aberdeen, Stewart Sutherland graduated with a degree in philosophy from Aberdeen University. He took up his current position in 1994. His time at Edinburgh has seen the university rapidly expand. Sutherland also chaired the controversial Royal Commission on the Long Term Care of the Elderly. The Executive has committed itself to funding free personal care for the elderly as a result of his recommendations. Sutherland was also one of the first 15 “people’s peers” appointed to the House of Lords last year, the only Scot to be so honoured.

11 Bridget McConnell

Director of culture and leisure services, Glasgow

Dignified, elegant and powerful in her own right: Scotland’s first lady is every bit as formidable as her all-conquering husband. She may have sat solemn-faced beside Jack McConnell as he publicly confessed to an extramarital affair, but it will do her a discredit if Bridget McConnell is forever remembered as the woman who stood by her man. Like Hilary Clinton, there is far more to her than that. McConnell overcame the potential setback of becoming a single mother at 20 and completed a degree in the history of art at St Andrews University. Following a high-flying career in local government, in 1999 her intelligence and drive saw her appointed to one of the toughest big city jobs in Britain, as director of Glasgow City Council's culture and leisure services department, where she inherited a staff of 1,750 and a budget of almost 74 million. McConnell is a strong-willed character and made the newspapers recently when it emerged that while holidaying on Arran with her family she had faced down a drunken yob who was attacking his girlfriend. Her job would probably guarantee her inclusion on this list anyway, but her proximity to the most powerful politician in the whole of Scotland ensures her high ranking. According to friends of both, she is often consulted on matters of state by her husband, who values her sharp intellect and pragmatic mind. The comparison with Hilary Clinton persists: there are those who whisper that Bridget may even have made a better first minister than Jack. She is widely expected to become one of the most senior local government figures in Scotland at some future point. By finding the strength to face the cameras while her hus-band confessed to infidelity she allowed him to achieve his ambition of becoming first minister.


Editor, Daily Record

Cox controls Scotland’s most influential media organisation. For decades, the newspaper has exploited its large readership and close links to the Labour establishment to ensure its journalists have unparalleled access to – and wield influence over – the nation’s movers and shakers.

He took the helm in 2000, but while the Record potentially remains a potent force, declining circulation and Cox’s lack of interest in politics mean it is now regarded as less influential than under his predecessors. Its position has been further undermined by signs that Jack McConnell’s Labour Party is becoming less willing to dance to the paper’s tune.

Cox, 52, is a garrulous cockney from the old school of tabloid journalism. A former executive editor on the Mirror and deputy editor on the New York Post, he was charged with turning around the Record’s plummeting circulation. There is no indication yet that he will succeed.



Appointed in 2000, Goudie, Cambridge-educated chief economist to the Scottish Executive, is a softly spoken but extremely focused facts and figures man. He has worked in academia, Whitehall, the OECD and the World Bank. Having no overwhelming political allegiance, his detailed reports on the state of the Scottish economy nevertheless frequently provide top-grade ‘Nat-bashing’ material for Labour ministers.


Public relations consultant

‘Black Jack’ Irvine is the head of PR company Media House and has recently been drafted in to help bring about an improvement in the image of the Scottish Parliament.

The former editor of the Scottish Sun had a formidable track record in upsetting politicians when he was a journalist: now they are his masters. He has previously relished taking on controversial causes including the Keep the Clause and pro-fox-hunting campaigns – in the process angering many of the politicians at Holyrood. Whenever there is a stooshie north of the Border, Irvine, who has an undoubted flair for publicity, is unlikely to be far away. Neither his admirers nor his detractors dispute his abilities.


Controller, BBC Scotland

Being in the hot seat at BBC Scotland for almost 10 years, he is a key player in Scottish life. He led the campaign for a move from Queen Margaret Drive to new 40m headquarters at Pacific Quay and is still embroiled in the long-running controversy over whether or not Scotland will ever get a Scottish six o’clock news bulletin. However, some question whether BBC Scotland’s relentlessly populist approach – focusing largely on football, comedy and light entertainment – satisfies the corporation’s public service duty.



One of Scotland’s most successful and prolific entrepreneurs, Hunter founded Sports Division which was sold to JJB Sports for 290m in 1998. He still has a stake worth 76m in JJB Sports, as well as lucrative stakes in BHS and Rangers football club. He co-founded the investment fund West Coast Capital, which has recently pulled off a number of multi-million pounds deals across the UK. Just as importantly he is a well-known business angel offering advice and encouragement to those who would follow in his footsteps. Hunter wields his influence publicly – in articles in the press – and privately, urging Scots to take more risks in business.


Chief executive, Lloyds TSB Scotland

Although born in the United States, Rice is one of Scotland’s highest profile businesswomen. When she became chief exec she was the first woman to head a British clearing bank. Previously she had been Managing Director of the Bank of Scotland’s personal banking division. She also chairs the board of the Edinburgh International Book Festival and is a member of the Scottish Advisory Task Force on the New Deal. She lives in Aberdeen.


Civil servant

Oxford educated Elvidge joined the Scottish Office in 1973. He is currently head of the Scottish Executive’s Finance and Central Services Department and is trusted by Jack McConnell from the days when the pair worked together in the Education department (where Elvidge was head). He has a reputation as a committed moderniser and his ability to work in harmony with the First Minister gives him enormous influence at the heart of government.



The brother and sister partnership famously built their Stagecoach empire into a worldwide company from humble beginnings in Perth. However, their influence on Scottish life is not confined to their business activities. Gloag’s tireless championing of mercy nurses to Africa has won her much respect while Soutar famously played a leading role in the campaign to preserve Section 28. If nothing else, that campaign graphically illustrated the ability of wealthy businessmen to influence public debate.


ChIef executive, Scottish Media Group

A sober-minded accountant from Glasgow, he does not seek out the spotlight. He could not escape publicity, however, when in 2000 he signed the cheque that bought Ginger Media Group, in which Chris Evans had a 55% stake. Flanagan’s appointment was seen by many as evidence that SMG’s priorities had changed from programme-making to maximising shareholder value. SMG, which also owns the Herald, Sunday Herald and Glasgow Evening Times, has been the subject of much takeover speculation amid rumours that the company will be broken up. For the time being, however, it remains Scotland’s biggest media player, largely thanks to Flanagan’s expansionist policy.



Although the single biggest shareholder in Hibernian football club, Farmer’s influence is not restricted to his native Leith. A powerful figure within the Scottish Catholic establishment, he also wields considerable clout thanks to his record as an entrepreneurial businessman. He sold his Kwik-Fit company to Ford in 1999 for 1bn. He is also chairman of Scottish Business in the Community and chairman of the Scotland Against Drugs Campaign.


Events organiser

Born and raised in Jedburgh, Peter Irvine has become the leading events organiser in the country. His company, Unique Events, are largely behind the success of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival. They also played a key role in this month’s Tartan Day celebrations in New York and are promoting a new annual Burns festival in Ayrshire. More than that, however, Irvine, who studied geography at Edinburgh University, is a tireless propagandist for the best that Scotland has to offer. His guidebook, Scotland the Best, is comfortably the best available to tourists and natives alike who wish to discover the finest Scotland has to offer. An enthusiast for Scotland with uncompromisingly high standards, his influence is felt in the gradual improvement of the tourist industry and, just as importantly, in the way in which he reminds Scots that it is possible to celebrate Scotland without unseemly boasting.


Controller, nations and regions, Channel 4

A diehard St Johnstone fan, Cosgrove’s fortunes have soared as his team’s have plummeted. His power stems from his ability to marry high and low culture and his influential say in commissioning Channel 4 programming. Based in Glasgow, his remit is to cover Scotland, Wales and Ireland, ensuring that programme makers outside London are not discriminated against in the commissioning process.



A self-made multi-millionaire, his business empire, centred around Murray International Metals, makes him a significant player. He is most famous, however, for being the majority shareholder at Rangers, ensuring that when he speaks newspapers and television stations listen. But the key question is whether or not Murray can, after a decade of success, overtake Celtic and finally be successful in Europe.


Novelist and television producer

Gray made her name as an iconoclastic presenter on The Tube nearly 20 years ago. Though time has not withered her capacity for righteous indignation, she has branched out into writing novels, books on hill-walking and, most importantly, television production. Ideal World, the company she runs with her husband, Hamish, is the largest independent TV production company in Scotland. It has more recently branched out into feature films, producing the critically acclaimed Late Night Shopping last year.


Chairman, VisitScotland

The urbane chief executive of the five-star Gleneagles resort, Lederer has risen smoothly to the top of the Scottish tourist trade. Appointed to the chairmanship of VisitScotland two years ago, he has earned praise from ministers for steadying a creaking ship, holed by a severe decline in overseas visitors. He won the Ryder Cup for his Perthshire business stronghold in 2014 against stiff competition.


Chief executive, Scottish Radio Holdings

With seven stations under his control, including Radio Clyde and Radio Forth, Findlay has taken the broadcasting group to its next stage of development, acquiring stations in England and local weekly newspapers in Ireland. On the back of local revenues, Findlay has kept the group out of the national advertising slump and is keen to expand the SRH empire still further.

28 Ian Robinson

Chairman, Scottish Enterprise

Sir Ian was until last year chief executive of ScottishPower. He led the company on an ambitious programme of overseas expansion, entering the American utility market. He remains a powerful and immensely well-connected figure at the centre of the Scottish business world.



Founder and honorary life president of listed plastics and packaging firm the Macfarlane Group. Having founded the company in 1949, he oversaw the firm’s growth and flotation in 1973, stepping aside to become chairman in 1998. Macfarlane, who has held chairmanships at Guinness and the Clydesdale Bank, is a keen patron of the arts in Scotland. He was knighted in 1982 and made life peer in 1991. His connections within the Scottish business establishment are legendary and he has a well-earned reputation as a fixer and facilitator, enabling other projects to get off the ground.


Controller, BBC Radio Scotland

Cunningham’s reign at Queen Margaret Drive has not been without controversy. She has overseen a thorough review of Radio Scotland’s output but denies wanting to move the station’s identity away from Radio 4 towards Radio 5 Live. Nonetheless her critics argue that the station remains unfocused and unsure of itself.


Professor of law and ethics in medicine, Glasgow university

McLean has previously acted as a consultant to the World Health Organisation and the Council of Europe, but it is her work advising the government on such complex and morally difficult matters as human cloning, human fertilisation, embryology and most recently organ retention that makes her such a powerful player. If the government has a problem with the rapidly changing and advancing medical world, they call McLean to chair a working group to recommend the best way forward. She led the criminal review commission until recently.


Archbishop of Glasgow

Leader of Scotland’s largest Catholic community, the new Archbishop of Glasgow has to fill the space left by the late Cardinal Thomas Winning. Conti, formerly Bishop of Aberdeen, is more diplomatic than his predecessor. Trained in Rome, he does not deviate from the agenda that gave Winning such unyielding and controversial moral views. The sectarian west will be a hard proving ground for him.


Editor, The Scotsman

Martin became, at 30, the youngest ever editor of The Scotsman at the beginning of the year. Prior to that he had cut his teeth on the Sunday Times before becoming first political and then deputy editor of Scotland on Sunday. A fiscal conservative but social liberal, he has a notably good relationship with Jack McConnell.


Chairman, Scottish Arts Council

Fresh from his controversial period as Controller of Radio 4, Boyle agreed to tackle the no less stressful task of heading the Arts Council. Chief amongst his problems have been the ongoing difficulties and divisions at Scottish Ballet as well as continued arguments over the viability of a national theatre. Thus far, however, Boyle has sailed a sensible course between confrontation with and capitulation to vested interests.


Editor, the Herald

Scion of a high-achieving family – his uncle Alec was Prime Minister, and cousin Robin, a lover of Princess Margaret – Douglas Home has held the top job at Glasgow’s broadsheet since 2000. Eton-educated Douglas Home was a surprise choice because of his links to the Edinburgh establishment. Since taking over, he has concentrated mainly on reforming the Herald’s dated working practices.


General secretary, the Scottish Labour Party

Labour’s peroxide blonde fixer in Scotland has worked for the party all her adult life. She has a reputation for being as hard as nails, which is a prerequisite for the job. She plays a key role in shaping the policies Labour will use to fight the next election and in determining which candidates – which may or may not include Henry McLeish – will fight it.


Professor of microbiology, Aberdeen University

BSE expert Professor Pennington has built a reputation for being an outspoken critic of food safety standards in Scotland and the rest of the UK. In 1996-97 he chaired an inquiry for the Scottish Office into the E.coli 0157 food poisoning outbreak in Lanarkshire and he is currently a member of the Scottish Food Advisory Committee. His warnings on food safety infuriated farmers and butchers alike but tapped into and helped fuel public concern over the safety of our meat.


Editor, Scottish Sun

Amiable, perma-stubbled and low-key, Waddell has been with the Scottish edition of the Sun since its launch in 1988, becoming editor in 1998. He upped the paper’s political coverage when the Scottish Parliament was set up in 1999, and it now enjoys a healthy influence. He boasts the Sun’s circulation will overtake that of the Record while he is still editor.


Dean, Faculty of Advocates

He was elected Dean last year when his predecessor Nigel Emslie was made a judge. Campbell first came to prominence when Anton Gecas sued STV over allegations that he was responsible for massacres in his native Lithuania. Campbell acted for STV and became one of the first lawyers to fight a case in a Scottish court convened outside the country. At the end of the case, held in Lithuania, Lord Milligan branded Gecas a war criminal. Campbell’s position at the head of the faculty guarantees him power and influence inside and outside Parliament House.



Byng left Edinburgh University in 1992 to work for the publishers Canongate. Two years later he led a management buy-out that saved the company from bankruptcy. Since then it has gained a reputation for being almost painfully trendy, as well as expanding its unrivalled list of Scottish classics. A tie-up with American publishers Grove Atlantic unravelled somewhat, but Byng remains both the most colourful and influential figure in Scottish publishing.


Chairman, Highland and Islands Enterprise

Dr Hunter is a self-employed writer, historian, broadcaster and commentator with a long-standing interest in rural development.

He is a member of the board of directors of UHI Ltd, a former chairman of Skye and Lochalsh Enterprise and was a founding member of the Scottish Crofters’ Union.



Once the enfant terrible of Scottish fiction, Welsh exploded on to the literary scene in 1993 with Trainspotting. He has now returned to his native city after a period in exile, and has arguably influenced Scottish literature – and the perception of it – more than anyone else in the past decade.


Director, Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency

Orr was appointed to the SDEA in February 2000, taking on one of the toughest tasks in UK policing. He is internationally known in the intelligence community, with exemplary diplomatic skills. Much of his role revolves around co-ordinating local, national and international intelligence and translating it into direct action on the ground across Scotland using every available resource.


Trade union leader

As Scottish secretary of the GMB union, Parker has championed the cause of thousands of Scottish workers, including the cleaners, roadsweepers and dinner ladies in Edinburgh who last week broke through the 5-an-hour barrier for the first time. For the past few years, however, he has had a more personal battle on his hands, defending himself against ongoing allegations of harassment by former employees, including his personal assistant. Nonetheless, he is regarded by many as being the most thoughtful union leader

in Scotland.


Clerk and chief executive, Scottish Parliament

Grice joined the Department of Transport in 1985 and moved to the then Scottish Office in 1992. As a senior civil servant post-1997, he played a key role in drawing up plans for Scottish devolution and the procedures of the new parliament. Since becoming chief executive of the parliament in 1999, his role has attracted more publicity and controversy as the bill for the new Holyrood building has soared to almost 300m.


Head of corporate banking, Bank of Scotland

Bank of Scotland has at least 125m of debt tied up in Scottish football, making it the most influential bank in the game. Mitchell is the man with ultimate responsibility for telling clubs whether they can buy players or must sell them to reduce debts. That gives him more influence on the game than many club chairmen and managers.


Solicitor General

Angiolini, 41, became Scotland’s first female Solicitor General in November of last year. She is also the first non-Advocate to hold the post and so represents a double break with the past. Her background, again uniquely for the post, is in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal service, where she oversaw the introduction of the European Convention on Human Rights. Her principle task is to modernise and reform the prosecution service so it functions more smoothly.


General secretary, STUC

Spiers has steered the organisation through some of the most unsettling eras in its history. Despite a Labour government, the unions have found themselves living with policies they detested in the past. In addition, the STUC is attempting to carve a role for itself in post-devolution Scotland and

create new links with employers.


Think-tank director

The astute director of Scottish Council Foundation, Leicester’s calls for joined-up thinking on education, health and the economy played a key role in shaping the Executive’s social inclusion strategy. Close to Enterprise Minister Wendy Alexander, he is also a board member of the International Centre for E-Governance.


Director, National Galleries of Scotland

Rarely far from controversy, the flamboyant art expert has as many enemies as supporters. Nonetheless, his tenure has generally been judged a

success since he took over in 1984.


Director, National Museums of Scotland

He was appointed director of the National Museums after Mark Jones left to run the Victoria and Albert Museum. Born and raised in Glasgow, his style is expected to be in stark contrast to Jones, an Old Etonian. Rintoul has a track record of opening popular museums, and spent the last three years at the helm of the Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust.


Director of the Institute for Irish-Scottish Studies, Aberdeen University

Devine’s best-selling Scottish Nation: A History 1700-2000 earns him his place on this list. It tapped in to a latent hunger for history and introduced thousands to their country’s past.


Scotland football manager

Traditionalists may have resigned themselves to the all but inevitable fact that a foreign coach would succeed Craig Brown as the Scotland manager, but Berti Vogts’s appointment was still an indication that few credible Scots were prepared to take on the job.

That in itself illustrates both the comparative eclipse of international football in general and the sorry decline of the Scotland national side in particular. Craig Brown’s long reign ended in a miserable whimper as Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup, and from that moment on change was both inevitable and necessary.

Vogts, who led Germany to victory at Euro 96, was nicknamed ‘der Terrier’ as a player for his fiercely combative style of play and his management style retains the bristling passion he showed as a player. His experience in the game meant that few could fault the SFA for picking him. However, the scale of the task facing Vogts was immediately apparent at half-time in his first match in charge. Playing the world and European champions, France, in Paris would stretch most sides – for Scotland it provided a harsh lesson in the realities of Scottish football.

Vogts’s commitment to youth and determination to build a new team as well as his willingness to confront club managers over the release of players for international games bodes well for the future. His first task is simply to restore hope and let Scottish fans dream again.

Vogts will be given time to succeed, but he knows results must start to come when the next series of qualifiers begins in the autumn. However, if he wanted any further inspiration for the job he need only look over the Border. Sven Goran Eriksson’s success highlights just how influential Berti Vogts could be in Scotland. If, that is, he can produce a winning team.


Transport advisor

Previously in charge of Edinburgh’s transport infrastructure, he currently chairs the government’s commission for integrated transport. Most recently he has championed the introduction of congestion charges on roads. A key government advisor on transport.


Director, Edinburgh International Festival

McMaster’s position at the head of Edinburgh’s annual arts extravaganza gives him great influence in terms of deciding which works of international standard Scottish audiences see,

shaping and framing our awareness of the cultural world beyond these shores. His decade in charge of the festival has seen him draw plaudits for his music and dance programming, average marks for theatre and opera and much criticism for the absence of the visual arts from his programmes.


Playwright and poet

Arguably Scotland’s most influential playwright, Lochhead’s adaptation of Euripides’ Medea was a triumphant success that built upon an already strong reputation founded on plays such as Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off and Perfect Days.



Lane has made Dundee University one of the world’s leading centres of cancer research after discovering the P53 ‘guardian angel’ gene, which protects against the spread of tumours by destroying cancerous cells. He has been tipped as a future Nobel prize winner.


Celtic manager

Life at Parkhead without the diminutive Irishman is the stuff of nightmares for Celtic supporters. The contrasting fortunes between Celtic under O’Neill and the ill-fated John Barnes is as complete as it is remarkable.


Lord Justice General

Lord Cullen, Scotland’s Lord Justice General, recently presided over the bench of five senior judges who heard and ruled on the Lockerbie appeal. Although he had a distinguished legal career in his own right, he is better known for the reports he produced following the 1987 Piper Alpha disaster, the 1996 Dunblane massacre and the 1999 Paddington rail crash. As such he is one of the most highly respected legal figures in the country.



The creator of Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult cell, Wilmut is now a scientific superstar. He remains a studious researcher at his laboratory powerbase at Roslin, south of Edinburgh, but is more than willing to take up the cudgels against other scientists aiming to unethically exploit cloning technology. He is strictly against cloning humans.


Principal, Napier University

Stringer, 53, became the first woman to head up a Scottish university when she was made principal earlier this month.

She is a former member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Equal Opportunities Commission, but her real influence is symbolic in that she has set a precedent others will doubtless follow.



The phenomenal success of Chewin’ The Fat has catapulted Hemphill and Kiernan to the forefront of Scottish light entertainment. Their brand of observational, mildly surreal west of Scotland humour struck such a chord with audiences across the country that the show’s catchphrases – “gonnae no dae that” and others – could be heard endlessly repeated in school playgrounds and pubs across Scotland.


Film producer

Rae founded Ecosse films in 1988 after attending a course at the National Film School. Prior to that he had enjoyed a successful career in journalism. Ecosse’s most recent picture was

Charlotte Gray, starring Cate Blanchett, but the company’s biggest success was the Oscar nominated Mrs Brown, starring Judi Dench and Billy Connolly. Ecosse also produce Monarch of the Glen for BBC Scotland. Rae is currently developing a film about the 1745 Jacobite Rising.



With his reputation as an enlightened, well-informed senior High Court judge, Lord Bonomy is unafraid to take on the government of the day. An outspoken critic of recurring mistakes and delays in Scotland’s court rooms, he is currently heading an inquiry into the problems facing the High Court system.


Head of news and current affairs, BBC Scotland

At the helm of BBC Scotland’s current affairs output for the past two years, Jenkins is responsible for BBC’s Reporting Scotland and Newsnight Scotland as well as being chairman of BAFTA Scotland.


Civil servant

Feeley holds a key position as Jack McConnell’s private secretary, he acts as the First Minister’s gatekeeper. No one gets to see McConnell without going through him, and his control of McConnell’s diary gives him influence.


Special adviserto Deputy First Minister and Scottish Lib Dem leader Jim Wallace

A sharp, self-effacing vegetarian, Ghibaldan played a pivotal role in keeping the coalition together when the battle over student tuition fees looked set to break it. Wallace relies on him heavily to drive though policy.


Chief Constable, Strathclyde police

Rae fulfilled an ambition when he took up his position in January last year. Crime figures have been encouraging during his tenure at the head of the country’s largest force, with a 12% drop last year. Rae is also president of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland.


Moderator of the General Assembly of the Churchof Scotland

Miller, whose tenure as Moderator finishes at the end of next month, has been minister at the Kirk’s Castlemilk East parish in Glasgow since 1971.


Chief executive, Scottish Enterprise Glasgow

A former Labour candidate, social worker and boss of the Govan Initiative which aimed to regenerate one of the poorest areas of Glasgow, Culley has a reputation for plain talking and is an ally of Wendy Alexander.


Principal and vice-chancellor, Dundee University

Until 2000 he was chief executive of the NHS in England before taking up his current post. He is currently spearheading Dundee’s academic transformation, turning their university into a world class research centre – particularly in the medical and technological fields. He is also chairman of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise.



Scotland’s leading anti-racism campaigner is best known for his role in the Chhokar family support campaign, which pursued Scotland’s prosecution service over its botched handling of the Surjit Singh murder case.



Scotland’s singer-songwriter of the age, the frontman of hit band Travis was born in Stafford in 1973 but raised in his mother’s native Glasgow after his parents’ marriage broke up. He attended Holyrood Secondary and Glasgow School of Art before forming Travis, and practised in a room above the city’s famous Horseshoe Bar.


Rangers Manager

Following impressive spells at Motherwell and Hibs, McLeish took over at Ibrox part way through this season. Celtic’s back-to-back titles, however, mean he has next to no margin for error since Rangers fans demand instant and constant success. A win over the traditional rivals in the CIS Cup semi-final will be meaningless without victory in the Scottish Cup Final next month.


Arts impresario

An irrepressible figure, Demarco’s commitment to bringing radical artists to Scotland remains undiminished. An Edinburgh

festival without his presence is inconceivable. Demarco’s enthusiasm and optimism is inspirational. His many supporters cannot understand why he has not been knighted.


Land ownership campaigner

Despite being crippled by a riding accident at an early age, the 77-year-old Duke of Buccleuch has been a vigorous campaigner for land-owning

traditions from his stronghold in the south of Scotland. He owns four homes and more than 270,000 acres, making him Scotland’s largest land-owner and worth around 45m on paper. Regarded as enlightened by his tenants, he is more than capable at aiming damaging pot-shots at the Scottish Executive.


Head of news, Scottish Television,

McKinney, a former spin doctor for the Labour party and enthusiastic supporter of the party’s modernising drive, is head of news and current affairs at Cowcaddens. He has helped give Scotland Today a fresher, sharper edge


Director, Citizen’s Theatre

Havergal was awarded the CBE in the New Year honours list for his services to Scottish theatre. He has been director of the Citizens since 1969.


Research scientist

Smith is director of the Centre for Genome Research at the University of Edinburgh and head of the Embryo Stem Cell Biology Group where he is a pioneer in stem cell biology and manipulation.



Jandoo was picked by the Lord Advocate to head an inquiry into the murder of Surjit

Singh Chhokar. His report accused prosecutors and police in Scotland of institutional racism.


Director of rugby, Scottish Rugby Union

Telfer’s control over Scottish rugby is all but total. Though critics rail against his determination to press ahead with a professional tier between club and international rugby, no-one doubts the power Telfer wields. Having successfully coached and captained Scotland in the past he is, ultimately, Mr Rugby in this country. The game without him is scarcely imaginable.


Land reform campaigner

Wightman has been the most prominent, vocal and influential critic of existing patterns of land ownership in Scotland. As the author of Who Owns Scotland?, published in 1996, he has had considerable influence over the Scottish Executive’s Land Reform Bill


Novelist and artist

Lanark was first published 20 years ago, but the passing of time has not diminished its status as one of the most influential and significant Scottish novels of the past 50 years. Gray has since been an inspiration for an entire generation of writers, as well as continuing to produce important works of his own. His most recent publication, The Book of Prefaces, was an epic labour of love.


Underwear entrepreneur

The astonishing success of Michelle Mone’s underwear business is often held up as an example to young would-be entrepreneurs. After being made redundant in 1998, she founded her company MJM International and invented the Ultimo bra. she was

named a World Young Business Achiever in 2000.


Agony aunt and columnist

The Daily Record’s fearsome agony aunt has been terrifying Scotland’s male population for the last 23 years. Also a vitriolic columnist, Burnie has been a confidante of various editors and is one of the sharpest practitioners of tabloid journalism around. Despite her reputation, Burnie is well-liked by colleagues, and has been known to take her pet Jack Russell in to the office.



The Army’s top man in Scotland and commanding officer of the Second division, covering Scotland and northern England, Gordon has seen recruitment recover in the aftermath of September 11 and has overseen a restructuring of the army’s organisation north of the Border.



The Herald’s chief economic commentator and policy editor is arguably the country’s most influential economic columnist, read and listened to even by those who do not agree with his prescription for boosting the country’s economic performance.


Recently retired director, Institute for Environmental History at the University of St Andrews

He is Historiographer Royal in Scotland and a former member of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, and widely regarded as one of the country’s leading and most influential historians.


Sports administrator

Scotland’s highest-placed sports administrator, Reedie has been chairman of the British Olympic Association since 1993, is a member of the International Olympic Committee and also treasurer of the World Anti-Doping Agency. A 60-year-old financial services broker from Glasgow, the former Scottish badminton champion rose to become president of the International Badminton Federation. He opposes Olympic ‘devolution’ for Scotland.


Literary agent

The Edinburgh Academy-educated agent caused a stir in London publishing when he announced in 1995 that he was returning to Scotland. Since then, however, the flamboyant Gordon has managed to retain his existing list – which includes Peter Ackroyd, Fay Weldon and Allan Massie – while snapping up a new generation of Scottish authors. He caused controversy last year when he celebrated Weldon’s agreement to accept sponsorship from the jewellers Bulgari in return for featuring their products prominently in her new novel.


Radio and television presenter

Cowan’s self-deprecating style of humour – as an overweight Motherwell fan, there can be no other – has made him a national figure. His double-act with Stuart Cosgrove on Radio Scotland is arguably the best thing to have hit Scottish sports broadcasting in years. His television shows, Taxi for Cowan and Offside may not have had quite the same impact, but he remains the option of first resort for

commissioning editors.


Television presenter

Though many may loathe the presence of Changing Rooms on the TV schedules, few can dispute the impact it has had on Britain’s DIY boom. Much of that is down to the former Wheel of Fortune presenter’s style. Smillie’s success on Changing Rooms and a host of other programmes gives her formidable bargaining power within the television industry.


Retired bishop

By the time he retired in 2000, Holloway was regarded as Britain’s most outspoken and controversial bishop. As Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, he championed a range of liberal causes, including the rights of gay Christians and the legalisation of cannabis. He made his biggest impact by claiming the resurrection was symbolic rather than literal.


Club owner

Known as the ‘King of Clubs’, this tee-total non-smoking, non-gambling multi-millionaire has defined Glasgow’s nightlife for years. He owns a string of clubs and pubs, including his flagship establishment The Corinthian on George Square. Son of a former bookmaker, King’s biggest business gamble was opening a gay nightclub in Glasgow – it thrived and he has never looked back.


Chief executive, sportscotland

An Australian recruited from rugby league’s Super League to become chief executive of the government’s sports quango in 2000. An accountant with a background in Australian Rules football, Robson, 40, is presiding over a long-term shake-up of Scottish sport, starting with his own organisation – some senior staff have already left.


Chair of Scots Law, Edinburgh University

Though he was the general editor of the massive 25-volume Stair Memorial Encyclopedia of the laws of Scotland before assuming his chair, Black is most famous for devising the innovative formula of a Scottish court sitting in a neutral country that finally allowed the trial of the Lockerbie bomber to go ahead.


Farmer and trade unionist

Walker has been president of the National Farming Union of Scotland since 1999. He farms a total of 3,000 acres on two units at Drumbuie, Sanquhar, and he lobbied hard in favour of the government’s controversial slaughter policy during last year’s foot and mouth outbreak.


Executive director of the European Tour

Schofield was the principle mover behind the decision to award the 2010 Ryder Cup to Wales rather than his native land. His battle for control of the competition with the PGA left the Scottish Executive, which had strongly backed the Scottish bid, looking foolish. Schofield has held the European Tour together at a time when many of its best players could have defected to America.


Owner, Ashoka curry houses

Now said to be worth 20m, Gill is one of Scotland’s leading ethnic minority businessmen. He emigrated to Scotland from the Punjab with his parents at the age of nine and, trading on Glasgow’s love affair with Indian food, built up his empire after a spell in the shipyards. Recently he expanded his business by opening the first of his Ashoka Shaks, a fast food alternative to his established restaurants.


Folk singer

Wellington’s most memorable public performance came at the opening of the Scottish Parliament when she sang ‘A Man’s A Man For a’ That’. She has since been a tireless campaigner for traditional song and music, lobbying for them to receive greater support and assistance from public funds.