Ben Thomson, once a Scottish International decathlete, has spent over 30 years in the financial sector. Previous roles include Chief Executive (1997-2007) then Chairman (2007-12) of the UK investment bank The Noble Group; Chairman of the independent think tank charity Reform Scotland (2009–15); and spent 8 years as Chairman of the National Galleries of Scotland until 2017. In 2017 he took up the position of Interim Chair of Creative Scotland. He is currently Chairman of the property fund management business Urbicus Ltd; Chairman of the Scottish-based merchant bank Inverleith LLP; and Chairman of the Scottish publishing company Barrington Stoke. Ben enjoys opera, art and most sports, especially skiing and triathlon.