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Elected: 2017
Discipline: Private Sector Leadership
Mr Raymond John Perman FRSE

Former Director, David Hume Institute.

Ray Perman is a former journalist who worked on newspapers including The Times, Scotsman, and Financial Times and was managing director of a magazine company and director of a management buyout of the Herald newspaper group. He was chief executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise from 1999-2004, the first chair of Social Investment Scotland and a board member of Scottish Enterprise. For eight years he chaired a policy group for the Department of Business. In 2010 Ray merged two scientific research organisations to form the James Hutton Institute, which he chaired until 2017, and was Director of the David Hume Institute between 2014 – 2017.