Elected: 1997
Discipline: Private Sector Leadership
Sir Mathew Alistair Grant KStJ FRSE
The death of Alistair Grant at the relatively young age of 63 was not unexpected. He had been fighting cancer and was forced to resign as governor of the Bank of Scotland in 1999 and as chairman of Scottish & Newcastle Breweries last year, due to ill-health. But he remained one of Scotland’s most influential businessmen.

Grant was born in 1937 and educated at Woodhouse Grove School in Yorkshire. He was subsequently commissioned in the Royal Signals during his National Service. In 1958 he joined Unilever as a management trainee, moving to J. Lyons & Co in 1963 and Connell May & Steavenson in 1965. His big chance came in 1968, when he became an executive director of Fine Fare at the invitation of its chief executive James Gulliver.

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