One of the UK’s most experienced chairs, Lord Smith has led organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors.
He was Chair of SSE until July 2015. In 2014 he chaired the Organising Committee for Glasgow 2014 (Commonwealth Games) and the Smith Commission on further powers for the Scottish Parliament. A chartered accountant by profession and former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, Lord Smith was knighted in 1999, appointed to the House of Lords as an independent cross-bench peer in 2008, appointed Knight of the Thistle in 2013, and awarded the Companion of Honour in 2016.
He is currently Chair, Alliance Trust plc, IMI plc and Forth Ports Ltd; Chancellor, University of Strathclyde.