Dunion was born in December 1955 in Bridge of Allan, and brought up in Alloa and Glenrothes. He was educated at the University of St Andrews (MA (Hons) Modern History 1978) and at the University of Edinburgh (MSc (Dist) African Studies 1991).
Following periods in the civil service and university administration, Dunion joined Oxfam as Campaigns Manager and then took up the post of Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland. From 1996 to 2000 he also served as Chairman of Friends of the Earth International, heading delegations to the United Nations and European Commission. It was for this role that he was awarded an OBE in 2000.
Dunion was appointed as the first Scottish Information Commissioner in February 2003 and left office in 23 February 2012 after two terms - a total of nine years in office.
Before becoming the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kevin Dunion was for many years a notable proponent for freedom of information, and gave evidence to the Justice Committee scrutinising the passage of the Bill through the Scottish Parliament. He also wrote the book Troublemakers – The Struggle For Environmental Justice In Scotland.
He was elected Lord Rector of the University of St Andrews in October 2008; his term ran until 2011.
- Bowditch, Gillian (3 January 2010). "Ecosse interview: Kevin Dunion". Sunday Times Scotland (London). Retrieved 3 January 2010.
- The Scottish Information Commissioner's website
- Website of the Rector of the University of St Andrews
- The website of the Scottish Rectors' Group
|Scottish Information Commissioner
2003 — 2012
|Rector of the University of St Andrews
2008 — 2011