American Patrons of the National Library and Galleries of Scotland
American Patrons of the National Library and Galleries of Scotland

DIRECTORS: Sir Drummond Bone

Sir Drummond Bone Sir Drummond Bone.

Educated at Ayr Academy, University of Glasgow and Balliol College, Oxford, Sir Drummond Bone began his career as a professor of English, noted particularly for his work on Byron.

His first appointment was at the University of Warwick but in 1980 he returned to Glasgow. After 20 years at the University of Glasgow, where latterly he was Senior Vice-Principal, he became Principal at Royal Holloway University of London, Vice-Chancellor at Liverpool and Master of Balliol College from which he retired in 2018.
Sir Drummond Bone was President of Universities UK and Chair of the UK Libraries Research Reserve Project. He was Chair of the Liverpool Capital of Culture Company, Vice-Chair of the Northern Way and Chair of its Science and Innovation Committee, sat on the CBI's Technology and Innovation Committee, and has been a consultant to many organisations involved in international Higher Education. He chaired the Arts and Humanities Research Council, retiring in 2021.

He is currently Chair of the National Library of Scotland and Chair of the Wordsworth Trust. He has MA degrees from Glasgow and Oxford Universities, a D.Univ from Glasgow and a D.Ed from Edinburgh, as well as a number of honorary degrees in literature. He is an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College.