Buccleuch Group: Benny Higgins
Benny Higgins
Executive Chairman

Benny has extensive experience within the financial services industry. During a career which started in 1983 at Standard Life, he has held senior positions within the worlds of investment management, retail and business banking.

From being a Member of the Group Executive at Standard Life, Benny moved to RBS (in 1997) as Chief Executive of Retail Banking. He was with RBS until 2005. During this time he led the successful integration of NatWest Retail Banking – the largest single merger in UK banking for some time.

Before joining Tesco Bank, Benny served as Chief Executive Officer of the Retail Business of HBOS plc.

He achieved a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Glasgow. He qualified as a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries in 1986 and is currently a member of its Council. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and a member of the Treasury Task force on Financial Inclusion and the Scottish Government’s Financial Services Advisory Board (FiSAB).

As a member of the Glasgow Economic Leadership Board and the Commonwealth Games Legacy Board, Benny maintains close ties to his home town. He is also a Director of Scottish Financial Enterprise and a Princes Trust Ambassador.

 

The Earl of Dalkeith MA
Vice Chairman

Walter Dalkeith was born in 1984 and educated at Eton College and at Edinburgh University, where he graduated with a degree in Geography and Social History. He studied for a further degree in Commercial Property Chartered Surveying and worked at Native Land, a London based residential developer with which Buccleuch is closely involved. Walter has a keen interest in photography and lives in the borders with his family.

The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, KT, KBE

Our chairman, the 10th Duke of Buccleuch and 12th Duke of Queensberry, has made his family home in Nithsdale in Dumfriesshire. Married with four children he is involved in management of the historic family estate businesses, heritage properties and art collections. He was made a KBE in 2000 and has held many notable public appointments over the years including President of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and Director of Border Television.

The Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry BSc

Elizabeth Buccleuch’s family, the Kerrs, are part of the history of the Scottish Borders where she grew up. Educated at the London School of Economics, with a BSc in Sociology, she worked for a number of years for the BBC, for Radio 4 in London, and after her marriage in 1981, for her local radio station in Dumfriesshire. She has been extensively involved in cultural organisations as a former Chairman of Scottish Ballet, a Trustee of the National Museums Scotland and a Trustee of the British Museum.

Lord John Scott BA

John Scott was educated at the Courtauld Institute. He is the editor and publisher, with his wife Berrin Torolsan, of Cornucopia, which they founded in 1992. The highly regarded fine art publication is focused on Turkish culture and style, and the arts of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. He and his wife live partly in Istanbul and partly in the UK. They have published a number of books and oversee the production of guides to the Buccleuch properties.

Buccleuch Group: Lord Damian Scott
Lord Damian Scott

Damian Scott is a director and owner of Heming, the London jewellers founded in 1745. His career began with spells at De Beers and Christies before he established his own jewellery business. He is a graduate of Durham University, a Fellow of the British Gemmological Association and holds an MBA from Imperial College Business School. Damian takes a particular interest in Buccleuch’s energy, investment and sporting divisions.

Buccleuch Group: Pauline Walsh
Pauline Walsh

Pauline has significant achievements in developing businesses, driving growth and profitability and improving operational performance in multiple industry sectors ranging from Start-ups, through SMEs to major Global Corporations.

Pauline graduated from the University College Dublin in 1988 with a BEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering.  She then went on to complete an MBA at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland in 1998.

She received the honorary title ‘Fellow of Institute of Engineers of Ireland’ for significant achievements in engineering and contribution to the profession.

Pauline started her career in the energy industry with ESSO in 1988 as a Mechanical Engineer and has built up a substantial current knowledge of the sustainable energy field.

More recently she has been working at Fred Olsen where she was taken on in 2010 as the Commercial Director and within six months was promoted to CEO.  She was charged with taking a firm control of the business setting governance and growth strategy in place.  Although recently departing Fred Olsen, she is remaining on the Board for a period of time.

During her time with them she acted as the Interim Managing Director for Natural Power Consultants and SeaRoc during management changes and continued to work closely alongside them – which was of significant value given her own background.

Prior to joining Fred Olsen she had set up her own consultancy business with a small team in place to assess and purchase businesses in administration.

She was appointed to the Board and is an Audit Committee member of Granger Rolf ASA and Bonheur ASA; she was invited to join these boards by Fred Olsen in 2010.

James Galbraith RICS

James Galbraith was Chairman of Galbraith (formerly CKD Galbraith) the highly respected land management company, from its inception in 2003 until 2014, during which time it developed to be one of the most successful businesses in its field in Scotland. He was brought up near the Buccleuch family home at Bowhill where his father was the senior estate factor. Having spent most of his career working in Edinburgh, James has now returned to live in the Borders on his family’s farm at Ancrum.

James has broad experience across all aspects of rural and commercial estate management and investment with a particular interest in forestry. He is a partner in a family farming business in the Scottish Borders.