Kevin Dunion

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Kevin Dunion OBE

Kevin Dunion OBE (born 1955) was the first Scottish Information Commissioner between 2003 and 2012, as well as former Lord Rector of the University of St Andrews.

Early life[edit]

Dunion was born 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 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. In 2012 Dunion was appointed Honorary Professor in the University of Dundee School of Law, with special interest in its Freedom of Information Centre.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Dunion is married to Linda Malloch, who was formerly married to Iain Gray, the former leader of the Labour Group in the Scottish Parliament.[2]


  1. ^ The Scottish Information Commissioner's website; accessed 29 July 2014.
  2. ^ Bowditch, Gillian (3 January 2010). "Ecosse interview: Kevin Dunion". Sunday Times Scotland (London, UK). Retrieved 3 January 2010. 

External links[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Scottish Information Commissioner
2003 — 2012
Succeeded by
Rosemary Agnew
Academic offices
Preceded by
Simon Pepper
Rector of the University of St Andrews
2008 — 2011
Succeeded by
Alistair Moffat