Advisory Council member

Rt Hon Brian Wilson CBE

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson has had three careers – as a journalist, a politician and in business.

He served as a Labour MP for 18 years and held five Ministerial posts under Tony Blair including UK Trade Minister and UK Energy Minister. He has continued to take an interest in trade issues, is a member of the UK Board of Trade and wrote an influential report on Scottish exporting for the Scotland Office.

He was founding editor of the West Highland Free Press, based on the Isle of Skye and had a 40 year association with the paper. Currently, he contributes to several publications including the Scotsman, Press & Journal (on energy) and Guardian. Since leaving politics in 2005, he has been a director of Celtic Football Club and wrote the club’s official history, with occasional updates!

Brian, who grew up in Argyll, now lives on Isle of Lewis in his wife Joni’s native village of Mangersta.  Their move to the island coincided with a crisis in the Harris Tweed industry and Brian was asked to help. The result was the formation of Harris Tweed Hebrides Ltd which has been credited with leading the industry’s revival. In 2012, Brian was named UK Global Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors.  He was made a CBE in the New Year honours list for services to business and charity in Scotland.

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
  • 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