SRUC Board Chair
Sandy Cumming, CBE
I now live in Inverness, but grew up on an upland farm in Strathconon, Ross and Cromarty.
I graduated from Edinburgh University in June 1973 with a BSc Hons in Agricultural Economics. I joined the Highlands and Islands Development Board (HIDB) as a research student in August 1973 and then spent a year as a Fisheries Economist in Edinburgh before rejoining HIDB in 1976.
Following the establishment of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in 1991, I worked as a strategic planner, helping to create HIE’s first set of strategy papers. I was appointed Chief Executive of Ross and Cromarty Enterprise in 1993 before returning to HIE in 1998. I was appointed HIE Chief Executive in 2000, a post I held until 2010 when I was seconded to the Scottish Government as Partnership Director for Offshore Energy. My secondment ended in 2011 when I left HIE and joined several organisations in a non-executive capacity.
I am a former Member of the Accounts Commission, former Board Member and past Chairman of the Cromarty Firth Port Authority, former Member of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry's (SCDI) Highlands and Islands Committee, and a former Trustee of the Robertson Trust.
I was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2003 for my services to economic development, and in 2010 I was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of the Highlands and Islands. I was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland, serving as a Vice President for 2021/2022.
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