Lorne joined the Board of HIE in April 2008 and was appointed as Chair in March 2012.
Lorne is a founding partner and Chairman of leading Scottish law firm Harper Macleod LLP, which has offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Lerwick and Thurso. From its very small beginnings, Lorne has built a practice which is one of the largest in Scotland and comprises over 60 partners with a total complement of over 360. The firm became a Living Wage employer in 2015 and has previously won the CSR award (Corporate Social Responsibility) at the Scottish Business Awards.
Lorne held the Chair of Banking Law at Glasgow University from 1997 until his retirement in August 2015. He is now Emeritus Professor of Banking Law. He was formerly Deputy Chairman of Scottish Enterprise Glasgow and one of three Chairmen of the Housing Improvement Task Force, with his group completing their work in 2002. Lorne is generally credited as the architect of the Home Report System in Scotland. He was appointed as Convener of the Standards Commission in June 2003 (under the Ethical Standards in Public Life (Scotland Act 2000). Lorne resigned from this office in September 2006 to take up the Chair of the 'Independent Review of Regulation, Audit, Inspection and Complaints Handling of Public Services in Scotland' which reported in September 2007. He was a non-Executive Director of the Scottish Government Justice Programme Board until November 2010.
In 2017, Lorne was appointed Co-Chair of the National Council of Rural Advisers. He completed his Governance Review for the Scottish Government in relation to Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council which resulted in the creation of Scotland's Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board. He currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Review of Legal Services in Scotland.
Lorne was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2019.
Lorne lives much of his time in Wester Ross, helping to cement a family connection with the area which stretches back to the beginning of the 20th century. He is interested in most sports and, until recently, was the Chairman of Discipline for the Scottish Rugby Union, 6 Nations and European Professional Club Rugby. He is a Judicial Officer for World Rugby having fulfilled that function at four World Cups and officiated at the 2016 Rio Olympic games.
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