Dr Tony Brian



Tony spent most of his childhood years in Edinburgh before studying for a law degree at Aberdeen University. A year after qualifying as a solicitor, he became a partner of a corporate legal firm in Edinburgh. In 1984 he joined Bank of Scotland, initially in Edinburgh working in a number of areas including mergers and acquisition in the UK, the Americas and Australasia. 

In 1992, the whole family moved to Italy where Tony worked in a venture in which the bank had invested. Three years later, he was appointed Managing Director of the bank’s operations in Jersey and subsequently also the Isle of Man operations. In 1999, he returned to Scotland to the risk area of the bank and (after the merger with Halifax Building Society) of HBOS plc, ultimately becoming Joint Head of Regulatory Risk for the HBOS Group. He was then appointed to the board of the Europe (excluding UK and Ireland) and North America Division with responsibility for risk management and governance before moving to take charge of operational risk in the insurance division of Lloyds Banking Group. He retired from LBG in 2011. Tony is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. 

Tony spent 12 years on the Court of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). He has always been passionate about the enormous benefits of a university education and about the great work GCU has done, and continues to do, in opening up that opportunity to people from so many different backgrounds. He served as Chair of the Audit Committee and Vice-Chair before being elected Chair of Court in 2011, a position from which he retired in 2015. During this time, the University opened its London and New York campuses, launched the British School of Fashion and started the “Heart of the Campus” redevelopment project. 

He was also a member of the sector steering group that issued a new Code of Governance for the higher education sector in Scotland in 2013. Currently, Tony is Chair of Cricket Scotland, the country’s governing body for cricket, continuing his links with a sport that has been a lifelong interest. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Freedom Bakeries, which is a social enterprise teaching baking skills to prisoners and offering them their first employment after release. 

He is married to Sally and has three children, Rebecca, Emma and Matthew.

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