The panel

About the scottish commemorations panel

The Scottish Commemorations Panel has been appointed by the Scottish Government to recommend a programme of events to commemorate the centenary of World War One.

The Panel were tasked with creating a programme of events that would honour the sacrifice of Scottish servicemen and women, reflect on the global impact of WWI and on the domestic impact of the war during 1914-18. It is the Panel’s responsibility to ensure that these commemorations achieve a balance of remembrance as well as encouraging a spirit of research and inquiry in educational and genealogical terms, thus leaving a lasting legacy.

The 12-strong panel consists of experts from the military and veterans communities, community leaders, clergy, media, historians and education specialists.

Professor Norman Drummond CBE FRSE – Panel Chair

The Chair of the Commemorations Panel is distinguished former Army Chaplain Professor Norman Drummond.

Professor Drummond has served as a Chaplain in The Parachute Regiment and The Black Watch. Former Headmaster of Loretto and BBC National Governor for Scotland, Professor Drummond is a Visiting Professor of Leadership in Education at the University of Edinburgh. A Church of Scotland Minister, he has been a Chaplain to The Queen in Scotland since 1993.

Brigadier David Allfrey MBE

Brigadier David Allfrey is Producer and Chief Executive of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Events and Festivals Champion for the Scottish Tourism Alliance.

The Duke of Buccleuch

Richard, 10th Duke of Buccleuch and 12th Duke of Queensberry, KBE, FRSE, DL is the Captain General of The Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland and the Royal Company of Archers and the Honorary Colonel, 52nd Lowland 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Maggie Cunningham

Ms Cunningham is the current Chair of BBC Alba and a Director of Sabhal Mor Ostaig. Formerly Ms Cunningham was the Deputy Controller of BBC Scotland, Head of Radio Scotland and Secretary to the Broadcasting Council for Scotland.

Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE

Sir Alistair is closely involved with veterans affairs in Scotland. He is President both of the Royal British Legion Scotland and Poppy Scotland and was formerly Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Dr Bill Maxwell FRSA

Dr Maxwell is the Chief Executive of Education Scotland. Previously he held the post of Senior Chief Inspector of Education in Scotland and, prior to that, Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales.

Group Captain Bob Kemp CBE QVRM AE DL

Group Captain Kemp is a former Royal Air Force aviator and was inspector of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. He has recently retired as Director Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Magnus Linklater CBE

Mr Linklater is a journalist who has worked for the Evening Standard, Sunday Times, Observer and London Daily News. He has been Editor of The Scotsman, and columnist and Scotland Editor of The Times. A former Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council, he is the author of several books on current affairs and Scottish history.

Trevor Royle FRSE

Mr Royle is the author of more than 30 books on the subject of war and empire including “Flowers of the Forest: Scotland and the First World War (2006)”. Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Honorary Fellow in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.

Commodore Charles Stevenson CBE

Commodore Stevenson served in the Royal Navy and is a former Director of Naval Surveying, Oceanography and Meteorology at the Ministry of Defence. He now runs his own Company as well as being an Ambassador for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Professor Sir Hew Strachan LL FRSE FRHistS

Professor Strachan is formerly Chichele Professor of the History of War at Oxford University and has been recently appointed as Professor of International Relations at St Andrews University. He is a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner, a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum, a member of the UK National First World War Committee and also serves as Lord-Lieutenant for Tweeddale.

Gurjit Singh Lalli

Gurjit Singh Lalli is the curator of TedxGlasgow and the founder of several companies.  He was recently nominated Business Man of the Year at the Scottish Asian Business Awards.  He has a particular interest in the application of philanthrocapitalism and developing social venture capital funds.

Professor Mona Siddiqui OBE FRSE FRSA

Professor Siddiqui is Professor of Islamic and Inter-religious Studies and Assistant Principal of Religion and Society at the University of Edinburgh.

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The Scottish Government would like to thank the following people and organisations for their contribution to this website:

  • Members of the Scottish Commemorations Panel
  • National Library of Scotland
  • National Museums of Scotland
  • National Records Scotland

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