Sir Sandy is an actuary and had a lengthy career with Standard Life, from which he retired as Group Chief Executive in 2009. He recently stepped down from the Board of the RBS Group. Outside of business, Sandy’s interests span arts, education and heritage. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Edinburgh Business School, Board Member of the Ross Development Trust, and President of the Cockburn Association. His previous roles included Chairman of Edinburgh World City of Literature Trust, Chairman of Creative Scotland and Vice-Chairman of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.