Dr Brian Lang

Chair of Dovecot Studios

Dr Brian Lang

Dr Brian Lang was born and educated in Edinburgh. He began his career as a social anthropologist, carrying out field research in Kenya and then lecturing for some years at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Returning to the UK, he held a number of senior posts in conservation and heritage, including Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of the British Library from 1991 to 2000. In 1997 he commissioned Dovecot to create the R B Kitaj tapestry, If Not, Not for the British Library.

Dr Lang was appointed Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of St Andrews in 2001 and served for eight years. He was Deputy Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Chair of its committee for Scotland, from 2005 to 2011. He was Chair of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra from 2008 to 2015. He is currently Chair of Edinburgh World Heritage, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Trustee of National Museums Scotland.

Dr Lang was awarded a CBE in the 2016 Birthday Honours List for services to the Arts, Heritage and Education.

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