Advisory Council member

Alasdair Houston MBE

Alasdair Houston is a well-known pedigree cattle breeder, farmer and businessman from Gretna Green.

Born in Dumfries, schooled in Perthshire, with MA(Hons) from the University of Cambridge, he then spent a year in Edinburgh at the School of Agriculture before returning home to commit to life in South Scotland and take over the family business Gretna Green Ltd, active in tourism, hospitality and agriculture.

Passionate about the role of family business to provide opportunity in fragile rural communities, under his leadership the company has grown successfully and achieved national and international recognition whilst creating around 250 jobs for the local community. He was awarded an MBE for Services to Tourism in Dumfriesshire in 2011 which he dedicated to his family and the community where he lives and works.

Outside his own business, Alasdair has held multiple advisory roles in the tourism and enterprise network, as well as Non-Executive Director, Chairman and Trustee roles for a number of commercial and charitable organisations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society Scotland and a Deputy Lieutenant for Dumfries.

Alasdair is a family man, married with two children: a proud Scot, keen sportsman and countryman.

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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