Dr Robert Black CBE
Appointed: 20 June 2012
Robert Black stepped down as Auditor General for Scotland at the end of June 2012, a post which he had held since 2000. Dr Black was the first Auditor General for Scotland, appointed by HM The Queen under the Scotland Act which brought into being the Scottish Parliament. Previously he was Chief Executive of the Accounts Commission for Scotland. He was a local authority chief executive for 10 years, first with Stirling District Council (1985-90) and then with Tayside Regional Council (1990-1995). His earlier career was in policy planning and research with Strathclyde Regional Council, Glasgow City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council. He has honorary doctorates from the University of Aberdeen and the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
Dr Black was appointed to the British Library Board for his high level of expertise in the area of public administration, accountability, and governance, and also for his 'special knowledge of Scotland' as required under the terms of the British Library Act 1972 as amended by the Scotland Act 1998. He chairs the Board's Audit Committee.