Sir David Edward, distinguished former UK judge at the European Court of Justice (Luxembourg), has announced his intention after ten years in the role to retire next year as Chairman of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. The Trust, founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1901, currently disburses £2.4m per year to Scottish students and researchers in universities across Scotland.
The search for a successor is being led by Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, former Chairman of the Court of Imperial College, London – assisted by Lady Janet Balfour, Professor Louise Richardson and Lord Wilson of Tillyorn. The position will be advertised shortly.
Professor Sir David Edward, KCMG, PC, QC, FRSE was born in 1934 in Perth and educated at Clifton Hall School and Sedbergh School. He studied Classics at University College, Oxford, and Law at the University of Edinburgh. He served as an Officer in the RNVR for National Service.
Sir David was called to the Bar in 1962 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1974. He subsequently served as Clerk and then Treasurer of the Faculty, and represented the Faculty at the Consultative Committee of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Community, of which he served as President from 1978 to 1980.
He was Salvesen Professor of European Institutions and Director of the Europa Institute at the University of Edinburgh from 1985 to 1989, during which time he served on three occasions as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities.
From 1989 to 2004 he served as the British Judge, first of the European Court of First Instance, and then of the European Court of Justice. From 2004 to 2009 he sat as a Temporary Judge in the Inner House of the Court of Session.
Sir David was appointed Chairman of The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland in 2003, having served as a Trustee since 1995. He is Professor Emeritus of the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, from which he received its Royal Gold Medal in 2005. He is also an Honorary Fellow of University College, Oxford and an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn.