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"One of the most interesting and talented Scots of this generation"
In various introductions to speeches Norman Drummond has been described as "one of the most interesting and talented Scots of this generation". He has experienced a wide range of public leadership roles and assumed high responsibility at a comparatively early age within the Church, the Services, Secondary and Tertiary Education, Public Service within the Media and latterly within Business as an Executive Coach and Social Entrepreneur.
Following Degrees in Law at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and in Divinity at New College, Edinburgh he was appointed Chaplain to Depot The Parachute Regiment and thence to The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment). Then, after a School Chaplaincy at Fettes College in Edinburgh he was, at the age of 32, appointed Headmaster of Loretto School, Scotland's oldest independent boarding School.
Ten years later, in 1994, Norman was appointed BBC National Governor and Chairman of the Broadcasting Council for Scotland. Simultaneously he served as Parish Minister of Kilmuir & Stenscholl, Isle of Skye and also was Chairman of BBC Children in Need, one of the UK's largest Charities distributing over £20 million each year.
Areas of Expertise
As first Chair of the Community Action Network in Scotland, Norman has raised the funding and secured the appointments of 2 new CAN Directors enabling a further partnership in Social Entrepreneurship between Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.
Upon completion of his duties as BBC National Governor for Scotland he set up his own company, specialising in Facilitation and Mediation, Presentational Skills and Media Management as well as one to one Senior Executive Coaching. Since August 1999 he has successfully pioneered the Scottish office of The Change Partnership, the blue chip provider of one to one bespoke confidential coaching throughout almost half of the UK 100 FTSE
Norman has recently been elected Chairman of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland - Scotland's largest charitable grant giving body - and has since 1999 been Chairman of Governors at Aiglon College, Switzerland.
Growing up in Greenock Norman Drummond learned from the tough (yet at times tender) heavy engineering and ship-building culture about the importance of being able to engage with people from all backgrounds.
Since his early experiences in Parish Ministries in the gangland areas of Easterhouse, Glasgow and West Pilton, Edinburgh he always endeavoured to "give voice to those who don't have it" and to develop self-worth and potential in others. As a life-long educator he has shaped his philosophy along the lines of John Buchan "Our task is not to put the greatness back into humanity but to elicit it for the greatness is there already".
Norman Drummond retains his status as a Minister of the Church of Scotland and since 1993 has been honoured by his appointment as a Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland.
Throughout his career Norman Drummond has been invited to Lecture widely across the UK on diverse topics. In December 2001 Norman was honoured by an invitation to give the TCU Commencement Address at Fort Worth, Texas and in April 2002 he addressed the Social Entrepreneurs Network Conference of Australia and New Zealand in Melbourne. As a result of Norman's keynote speech at this Conference both Australia and New Zealand are setting up Columba 1400 in their respective countries. Project Directors have already been appointed in Australia and New Zealand and Leadership Academies are due to begin there during 2003.
In July 2002 Norman returned to Fort Worth, Texas as a keynote speaker to the Sister Cities Peace Conference.
Forthcoming invitations include visits to New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia as well as to St Columba's Charter School in Oakland, California.
Norman Drummond's message of Leadership enhancement at all levels of society, within the UK and increasingly overseas, continues to elicit greatness and potential in most remarkable ways.