Charles Bruce (Lord Bruce) is a partner in a family business based in West Fife which was has its origins in the 1570s and is one of the longest-running family businesses in Scotland. Current activities include tourism, hospitality, farming, forestry, property management, sustainable development, and curating an internationally important collection of fine art.
He is active in the not-for-profit sector in Scotland and overseas. His interests include conservation of the built heritage, the fine arts, multiculturalism, education and the Scottish diaspora. He is chairman of the Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust which is running an urban regeneration project in Kolkata, India; and a trustee of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust. He is president of The Democracy Forum, a leading policy forum for Asia.
He is a governor of the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland. He is also patron of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies, the Japan Society of Scotland and the Association of Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada. He is on the executive board of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. He is President, Dunfermline United Burns Club, the world’s third oldest Burns club. He is on the advisory board of the RAF Benevolent Fund, and also of the International Academic Forum (IAFOR). He was awarded the Paolozzi Gold Medal by The National Galleries of Scotland in 2012 for fundraising.
He was educated at Eton College and the universities of St Andrews (MA Hons, 1984) and Dundee (MSc , 2013). He has been HM Deputy Lieutenant for Fife since 1997, and a member of the Royal Company of Archers, HM Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland, Hon. Maj. 31 Combat Engineer Regiment (The Elgins), Canadian Forces and Hon. Keeper, Keepers of the Quaich.