Non-Executive Director & Chief Executive of Transport for Edinburgh
George joins Transport for Edinburgh from Defence, where he served for almost 35 years, the last 14 at Director and Deputy Director level. He was commissioned into The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) in 1981, having attended George Heriot’s School. On commissioning, he studied Scots Law at Aberdeen, graduating in 1986. As a young officer he served in The Falkland Islands, Germany, the UK, Northern Ireland, Canada and the 1991 Gulf War, where he was awarded a commendation. He spent 2 years instructing at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, followed by 2 years at Staff College, where he gained a Masters degree from Cranfield University. He was then appointed Chief of Staff of a Germany based Armoured Brigade, deploying to Bosnia in 1996; awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service for this tour of duty and made MBE in 1998. As a Staff Officer in Glasgow he attended Strathclyde University, gaining qualifications in human resource management. Other staff appointments have focused on strategic planning, change management and senior liaison roles. He has commanded at every level from Platoon to Brigade, deploying on operations in UK, Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan and The Occupied Palestinian Territories. He has been awarded The US Bronze Star and nominated for The US Legion of Honour. He has completed 2 tours of duty in The Ministry of Defence, where he has led transformational change programmes. Most recently, for over 3 years, as The Director of Defence Intelligence Operations, responsible for global operations, across the enterprise, with a £450M budget. George has been married since 1989 and has 2 sons. The family home has been Edinburgh since 2001. George was an enthusiastic, but not brilliant, rugby player. He remains a competent sailor, keen skier and inconsistent golfer.