Brian Souter

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1954 –

80

Who is Brian Souter?

Sir Brian Souter is a Scottish businessman and philanthropist. With his sister, Ann Gloag, he founded the Stagecoach Group of bus and rail operators. He also founded the bus and coach operator Megabus, the train operating company South West Trains, his investments company Souter Holdings Ltd and the Souter Charitable Trust.

Souter has also been politically active in Scotland, and supports the Scottish National Party financially. In 2000, when the Scottish Government proposed to repeal Section 2A of the Local Government Act, which prevented local authorities from "promoting homosexuality", Souter started the Keep the Clause campaign to oppose their plans, spending one million pounds of his own money to organise a private referendum across Scotland. This campaign and other controversial statements have led opponents to accuse him of homophobia.

In 2011 he was awarded a knighthood for services to transport and the voluntary sector. The honour was criticised by Scottish Labour Party politicians and by gay rights campaigners.

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Born
May 5, 1954
Perth
Also known as
  • Sir Brian Souter
Parents
Siblings
Nationality
  • Scotland
Profession
Education
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Perth Academy
Employment
  • Stagecoach Group
Lived in
  • Perth

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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