Sir Angus Grossart

Sir Angus Grossart


Scottish Futures Trust and Noble Grossart

His principal activity is as chairman of Noble Grossart Limited, the Scottish merchant bank which he jointly founded in 1969.  He has acted as financial or strategic adviser to many public and private companies and other bodies.

He has served as a director of nearly 20 listed public companies in the UK, the USA and Canada involving banking, investment, investment management, property, drinks, energy, construction, insurance, media, newspapers and other sectors.  He is a former vice chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland Group and a former chairman of Scottish Investment Trust PLC and of Edinburgh Fund Managers PLC.  He is a director of many other companies including chairman of The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh Partners, Lyon & Turnbull, Scotland International and Charlotte Street Partners.  He is deputy chairman of Ronson Capital Partners.

He was chairman of the National Museums of Scotland until 2012.  He is chairman of the Scottish Futures Trust, which oversees over £9bn of major public procurement activity in Scotland.  He was Chairman, and Trustee, of the National Galleries of Scotland.  He was a Trustee and deputy chairman of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland.  He is a Trustee of Glasgow Life.  He chairs the Restoration Appeal for St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh.  He is chairman of the Edinburgh International Cultural Summit.  He is a Trustee of The High Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust.  He is chairman of the Burrell Renaissance.  He has held appointments with many other public, cultural, and charitable bodies.

He graduated from Glasgow University in Arts (MA) and in Law (LLB), and is a chartered accountant. He was called to the Scottish bar and practised as an advocate until 1969.  He is a Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.).  He is a former Scottish editor of the British Tax Encyclopaedia.  He has received honorary degrees from the universities of Glasgow (LLD 1985), Strathclyde (DBA 1998) St Andrews (D.Litt 2004) and Aberdeen (LL.D 2006).  He was awarded a CBE in 1990.  He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Bankers of Scotland (FCIBS). He has received many awards, including the Captain of Industry Award, the Walpole Medal of Excellence, the Paolozzi Gold Medal, the Lord Provost of Glasgow Medal for public service and the Gold Medal of the National Museums of Scotland.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE).  He is a Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh (DL).  He was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 1997. 

He is a former scratch golfer, a runner up in the British Youths Championship and twice captain of Scotland’s under 22 team.  He has restored Pitcullo castle and several Georgian houses and has a wide interest in Scottish paintings, the applied and decorative arts, the built heritage and related traditional crafts, Ferrari cars, history and travel.