Elected: 2005
Discipline: Professional, Educational and Public Sector Leadership
Professor Jeremy Alastair Peat OBE FRSE

Chair of Trustees, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

eremy Peat is an economist with experience of working in the private, public and charitable sectors.

In the 1970s and 1980s, he spent a number of years working in Thailand and Botswana. After 8 years at the Scottish Office, he moved to the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1993 as Group Chief Economist, a position he held for 12 years. From 2005 his roles included BBC Governor for Scotland; Director of the David Hume Institute; Member of the Competition Commission/Competition and Markets Authority; and Board member of Scottish Enterprise. Until late 2020 he was Chair of Trustees at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. He is a member of the economics committee of South of Scotland Enterprise.

He has maintained close links with academia, as (at different times) Honorary Professor at Heriot-Watt University and Visiting Professor at Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities. He has also written regularly on economic matters, including a monthly column for the Herald since 2005.