Sir Sandy had a long career with Standard Life, from which he retired as Group Chief Executive in 2009. 

His previous external roles included being a member of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s High Level Group on Financial Services, a board member of the association of British Insurers, chairman of the Edinburgh World City of Literature Trust, chairman of Creative Scotland and vice chairman of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

In 2007 he was the Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for Corporate Social Responsibility in Scotland.

Sir Sandy received a Knighthood for services to the insurance industry in Scotland in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List.