Norman Drummond is often described as ‘one of the most inspiring and talented Scots of this generation’ on account of his unparalleled breadth of interest, knowledge and experience. From the gangland areas of Glasgow and Edinburgh as a young Minister, to the Parachute Regiment and The Black Watch, to Fettes College as Chaplain and thence, at the early age of 32, becoming Headmaster of Loretto, Norman’s life has represented a personal commitment to leadership and to developing talent in others.
Following his distinguished Headship at Loretto, Norman was appointed BBC National Governor and Chairman of the Broadcasting Council for Scotland and it was during this time that he founded Columba 1400 the pioneering and highly regarded Community and International Leadership Centre on the Isle of Skye (2009/2010 Bank of Scotland/Sunday Times UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year). The first model of social philanthropy of its kind in the world, Columba 1400, whose Patron is HRH The Princess Royal, now also operates in a second centre on the banks of Loch Lomond as well as in Australia and South Africa. Columba 1400’s aim and purpose is to help young people from tough realities to fulfil their leadership potential and so to live lives of purpose and meaning.
From 1999 to 2003 Norman successfully pioneered and Chaired the Scottish office of The Change Partnership, the blue-chip provider of one to one bespoke confidential coaching to over half of the UK FTSE 100 – at the same time he founded Drummond International, the highly regarded international leadership consultancy which specialises in inspirational executive coaching, motivational public speaking, interpersonal skills, mediation, presentation skills and media management. Norman is also a non-executive Director of his 5th generation internationally recognised family shipping company J & J Denholm Limited.
Since 1993 Norman has been honoured by his appointment as a Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, he is also Visiting Professor of Leadership in Education at the University of Edinburgh and is an Honorary Doctor of Glasgow Caledonian University.
Norman has been appointed by The Scottish Government to Chair the Scottish Commemorations Panel and is also the Special Representative for Scotland on the UK WWI Centenary Committee.
As a celebrated international speaker and author, Norman sees his role in life as eliciting the ‘inner greatness’ of others as well as ‘giving voice to those who feel they’ve never been heard or listened to’. Following the success of his previous books The Power of Three and The Spirit of Success, Norman’s latest book Step Back will be published in May 2015.
In June 2014 in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Norman was honoured to receive a CBE for public and voluntary service particularly to Young People.
Norman and his wife Elizabeth live in Edinburgh and on the Isle of Skye and they have 5 children and 5 grandchildren.