Robert Smith, Baron Smith of Kelvin
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|The Right Honourable
The Lord Smith of Kelvin
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Robert Haldane Smith, Baron Smith of Kelvin (born 8 August 1944) is a British businessman and former Governor of the British Broadcasting Corporation before the advent of the BBC Trust. He is the present Chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland and Chair of the UK Government-backed Green Investment Bank.
He then moved to ICFC, now 3i, until 1982 and joined the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1983. From 1985 to 1989 he was Managing Director of Charterhouse Development Capital Ltd. He also held the posts of Chairman and CEO with Morgan Grenfell Private Equity, CEO of Morgan Grenfell Asset Management and was Vice Chairman of its successor, Deutsche Asset Management, between 2000 and 2002. He has held various positions as director of, MFI Furniture Group plc, Stakis plc (of which he was also Chairman from 1998 to 1999), the Bank of Scotland, Tip Europe plc and Network Rail.
Smith was a member of the Financial Services Authority from 1997 to 2000 and is a member of the Financial Reporting Council. As Chairman of the FRC Group on Audit Committees Combined Code Guidance he was responsible for The Smith Report (2003).
Sir Robert is a Past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland from 1993 until 2002. He is also President of the British Association of Friends of Museums, a position he has held since 1995, and was a member (1988–1998) and Vice Chairman (1996–1998) of the Museums and Galleries Commission.
He is currently Chairman of The Weir Group plc and Scottish and Southern Energy and a non-Executive Director of 3i Group plc, Standard Bank Group Limited, and Aegon UK plc. He is also Patron of the Scottish Community Foundation.
Smith holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Paisley, where he was invested as Chancellor in 2003. Smith's time at the University of Paisley has overseen the merger with Bell College in Hamilton, intended to create the biggest new university in Scotland. The University changed its name to the University of the West of Scotland in November 2007. In 2010 the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors awarded Smith an honorary fellowship at the Annual Scottish Conference in recognition of his long term support of the internal audit profession.
Smith married Alison Marjorie Bell in 1969. She was initially Mrs Alison Smith, becoming Lady Smith when her husband received a knighthood in 1999. The couple have two daughters.
- Mr Robert Smith (1944–1999)
- Sir Robert Smith (1999–2008)
- The Rt. Hon. The Lord Smith of Kelvin (2008-)
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- Lord Smith to chair Green Investment Bank - BBC News, 25 May 2012
- London Gazette, Number 58717 of 3 June 2008 viewed 6 July 2008, http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/ViewPDF.aspx?pdf=58717&geotype=London&type=Issue