The 15th Earl of Home, our President and Chief, was educated at Eton and Christchurch, Oxford. He has pursued a long and successful career, principally in banking, beginning with the British merchant bank Morgan Grenfell and rising to be Chairman of Coutts & Co in 1999. He retired as Chairman at the start of 2014 but continues to play an active role at the bank. In addition, he has held a number of senior positions with other businesses and at the Ditchley Foundation and the Commonwealth Institute. He is active in British politics as an elected member of the House of Lords. In his spare time, Lord Home enjoys outdoor sports. He was created a Knight of the Thistle, Scotland’s highest Order of Chivalry, in 2014.
The Earl’s father, his predecessor as head of the Clan, was a leading figure in British politics in the middle of the last century, serving as Prime Minister from 1963 to 1964, when he was called Sir Alec Douglas-Home, and twice as Foreign Secretary. He died in 1995.