Sir Gavin Harry Laird CBE (14 March 1933 – 26 October 2017) was a Scottish trade unionist, who became General Secretary of the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU) and a Member of the Court of the Bank of England.
Three years after taking up a full-time position with the union, he was elected to the AEU executive and later elected AEU general secretary, remaining in that position after the merger which created the AEEU. He addressed the Confederation of British Industry annual conference in 1986 – an unusual move for a trade unionist at the time.
He appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 25 October 1992, received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 1994, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) under Margaret Thatcher's government and knighted in 1995 at the behest of Tony Blair.
- Rogers, Roy (28 June 1995). "An era ends with the going of Sir Gavin". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
- "Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Gavin Laird". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
- "Honorary Graduates". Heriot-Watt University. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- Sir Gavin Laird C.B.E. 1933-2017
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