Graham Forbes

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Graham Forbes

Provost of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh
ChurchScottish Episcopal Church
DioceseDiocese of Edinburgh
In office1990 to present
Other postsProvost of St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth (1982–1990)
Personal details
Birth nameGraham John Thomson Forbes
Born(1951-06-10)10 June 1951

Graham John Thomson Forbes, CBE is a priest of the Scottish Episcopal Church. He was Provost of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh from 1990 until June 2017.[1]

He was born on 10 June 1951 and educated at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh and the University of Aberdeen.[2] and the University of Edinburgh. Ordained in 1976, he was a Curate at Old Saint Paul's, Edinburgh[3] after which he was appointed Provost of St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth in 1982.[4]

Current appointments[edit]

Forbes is currently Chair of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, Chair of OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) and Chair of Court, Edinburgh Napier University. He also serves on the Armed Forces Pay Review Body and the Security Vetting Appeals Panel. In addition he is the Honorary Consul of Portugal in Edinburgh.[5]

Previous appointments[edit]

Forbes' previous appointments include HM (lay) Inspector of Constabulary; the General Medical Council; the Scottish Consumer Council; the Parole Board of Scotland; the Scottish Board of the Royal College of Anaesthetists; the Scottish Community Education Council and the Edinburgh Board of Manpower Services Commission. He is an Honorary Doctor of Napier University. He chaired the Scottish Executive's Expert Group on MMR. In January 2002, he became Chairman of the Board of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC), having been a board member since its inception in 1999. He ceased to be a member on 31 December 2008, having served the maximum period permitted by statute.[6]

He was appointed a CBE in 2003 for public service in Scotland.


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  2. ^ Who's Who2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  3. ^ ”Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689-2000” Bertie, D.M: Edinburgh T & T Clark ISBN 0-567-08746-8
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
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  6. ^ Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995, Schedule 9A, paragraph 2(5)

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Alfred Ian Watt
Provost of St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth
1982 –1990
Succeeded by
Kevin Gerhard Franz
Preceded by
George Philip Chorley Crosfield
Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh
1990 –
Succeeded by
Current Incumbent