Advisory Council Members

Brian Monteith

Brian Monteith is a former member of the Scottish Parliament, where he was convenor of the Audit Committee for four years, and the European Parliament, when as the British MEP with the highest vote share in the European elections he became Chief Whip for the Brexit Party group and served as a member of the Fisheries Committee.

Previously a public relations consultant for over thirty-five years – Brian has worked in Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean as well as Scotland and the City of London. He has written and contributed to many books on Scottish and UK politics and currently edits the websites thinkscotland.org and Brexit-watch.org. He has considerable experience in referendum campaigns, starting in 1979 when he ran the Student Campaign Against the Devolution Act, then in 1997 founded and was Campaign Manager for Think Twice, the campaign for a No No vote in the devolution referendum. In 2016 he was seconded by the think-tank Global Britain to be director of Communications for Leave.EU.

Brian has been a weekly columnist in The Scotsman for eleven years and also writes fortnightly for CityAM.

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Views from the board

  • Having heard investors that I know well, actively stepping back from investing in the Scottish economy, I fear for the future and am urging business leaders to share their support for Scotland to remain in the Union of the United Kingdom. It will only be by strength of voice and an evidenced based case that we will be able to defend the will of Scottish businesses of all sizes to remain in the Union.
    — Robert D. Kilgour
  • We must make the compelling case for the unique benefits of being within and trading as part of the Union. Scotland’s genuine majority voice must be heard and the majority do not want another referendum or to divide our Country at a time when we need to pull together!
    — Ivor Tiefenbrun MBE
  • Patriotism is a love for your country and as a proud Scot I have spent my career helping to build economic opportunities and in attracting investment. I am also proud to be British and passionately want the United Kingdom to endure.  To succeed in that aim, we must acknowledge that remaining part of the Union is a key lynchpin in growing Scotland’s wealth.
    — Jack Perry CBE