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Sir Gavin Laird C.B.E. 1933-2017


It is with regret that we report that Sir Gavin Laird C.B.E. passed away on October 26th after a long illness. He died peacefully at home in the presence of his wife and daughter.

Sir Gavin was an outstanding leader and progressive voice in the trade union and labour movement for most of his life. He was proud to be the General Secretary of the AEU and the AEEU (a forerunner of Unite the Union) from 1982-1995, and was an influential figure at both the TUC and the Labour Party throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Sir Gavin held many public sectors posts over the course of his distinguished career. Notably his tenure as a non-executive Director of the Court of the Bank of England from 1986-1994. He served as either a non-executive Director or Chairman of other bodies including the Highlands and Islands Development Board; the British National Oil Corporation; the Scottish Council for Development and Industry; the Arts Council of Great Britain; Scottish Television (“STV”); the Forestry Commission; Greater Manchester Buses; the Armed Forces Pay Review Body; Britannia Life Ltd; and Edinburgh Investment Trust.

Sir Gavin held Doctors of Letters (honorary) from both Heriot-Watt University and Keele University. He was further honoured with a C.B.E in 1987 and a Knighthood in 1995.

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