Sir Gavin Laird CBE

Pro­gres­sive voice in the trade union move­ment

The Scotsman - - Business -

Sir Gavin Laird, trade union leader. Born: March 14, 1933. Died: Oc­to­ber 26, 2017, aged 84.

Sir Gavin Laird, who was an out­stand­ing leader and pro­gres­sive voice in the trade union and Labour move­ment, has died at the age of 84.

Sir Gavin was proud to be the gen­eral sec­re­tary of the AEU and the AEEU (a fore­run­ner of the union Unite) from 1982 to1995, and was an in­flu­en­tial fig­ure in both the TUC and the Labour Party through­out the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

Sir Gavin held many pub­lic sec­tor posts, no­tably as a nonex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Court of the Bank of Eng­land from 1986 to 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; 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 CBE in 1987 and a knight­hood in 1997. He died peace­fully at home in the pres­ence of his wife and daugh­ter.

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