Sir Michael Nairn is chairman of Rautomead Limited, Dundee, Scotland. He co-founded the company in 1978 to market equipment for the continuous casting of nonferrous metals, with special emphasis on processing copper, brasses, bronzes, and precious metals. He previously was director of Ralli International Ltd., London, and later Bowater Overseas Holdings, London. He holds an MBA qualification from INSEAD, France. He was a governor of the University of Abertay, Dundee, for 12 years and for 10 years a governor of the New School Butterstone.