Prof Lorne Crerar chairs H&IE

Wednesday 22nd February 2012
Highland & Island chairman Professor Lorne Crerar

Professor Crerar is a founding partner and chairman of Scottish commercial law firm Harper Macleod LLP, offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness and held the part-time Chair of Banking Law at Glasgow University since 1997.He was formerly deputy chairman of Scottish Enterprise Glasgow and one of three chairmen of the Housing Improvement Task Force which in 2002 completed its work.

Professor Crerar takes over the post from previous chairman (right)  William Roe.  who resigned as chair of consultancy Rocket Science ion an issue of contract awards.


appointed as Convener of the Standards Commission in June 2003, resigned in September 2006 to take up the chair of the 'Independent Review of Regulation, Audit, Inspection and Complaints Handling of Public Services in Scotland' which reported in September 2007. He was a non-executive Director of the Scottish Government Justice Programme Board until November 2010.

 Professor Crerar has been a member of the HIE Board since April 2008 and is also Chair of the HIE Risk and Assurance Committee.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance Employment and Sustainable Growth John Swinney (left) said, "Professor Crerar has a clear vision for the economic success of the Highlands and Islands. He has significant private sector experience, a proven track record in bringing about significant change and is keen to work closely with business and other parts of the public sector to boost the economy."

"As an existing board member of HIE, Professor Crerar, can also provide continuity in taking forward the Government Economic Strategy. I wish Lorne every success in his new role."

For Argyll notes the part-time appointment of one and a half days a week –  is paid at £38,721/pa and  is for three years to 28 February 2015. 

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