Charles Hay, 16th Earl of Kinnoull, has been elected to serve as one of the 92 hereditary peers sitting in the British House of Lords, where he joins his Chief, the 24th Earl of Erroll. Like the Chief, Lord Kinnoull will sit on the 'Cross benches,' meaning he is an independent peer with no party political allegiance. He was elected to succeed Lady Saltoun, Chief of Clan Fraser, who has decided to retire at the age of 85.
Lord Kinnoull has a broad range of experience that will make him an asset to the House of Lords. He studied chemistry at Oxford University in the 1980s before going on to qualify as a barrister. A long career in international business followed, much of it in senior management at the Hiscox insurance group, together with a number of other activities including farming in his native Perthshire.
He was elected in February 2015 and made his maiden speech in March, on the subject of international graduate recruitment in science and technology.
We wish him well in his new role.