Sir Angus is one of the UK’s best known and most successful business people. He’s Chairman of Noble Grossart Limited, the Scottish merchant bank which he jointly founded in 1969. He has acted as financial or strategic adviser to many public and private companies and other bodies.
Sir Angus has served as a director of nearly 20 listed public companies in the UK, the USA and Canada. He is a former vice chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group and a former chairman of the Scottish Investment Trust PLC and of Edinburgh Fund Managers PLC. He served as chairman of the National Museums of Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, and as deputy chairman of National Heritage Memorial Fund. He is currently Chairman of Edinburgh Partners, Lyon & Turnbull, Scotland International, The Burrell Renaissance and Edinburgh International Culture Summit.
A Queen’s Counsel, Sir Angus graduated from the University of Glasgow with degrees in both Law and the Arts before becoming an advocate and serving at the bar until 1969. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, was awarded a CBE in 1990 and then knighted by the Queen in 1997. In 2014, Sir Angus – a one-time scratch golfer – told The Sunday Times that he practises by hitting balls over the 16th century castle he spent 25 years restoring in Fife. “It costs you in windows if you don’t get it right”, he said.