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Article published 19/03/2024

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, is to step down this summer after 20 years at the forefront of Scotland’s events industry. Throughout his leadership, Paul has played an instrumental role in bringing some of the world’s biggest event properties to the country, including:

  • 2014 The Ryder Cup
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • 2015 World Gymnastics Championships
  • 2015 World Orienteering Championships
  • MTV Europe Music Awards on two occasions
  • 2018 European Championships





  • 2019 Solheim Cup
  • UEFA EURO 2020
  • five golf ‘majors’ in 2022 including the 150th Open Championship
  • 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships
  • 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships

"It has been a privilege to work with so many great people and fantastic events over so many years.

"Scotland’s events sector has grown and flourished, clearly establishing itself as a preeminent, world class events destination, and the forthcoming Scotland the Perfect Stage strategy refresh, set to lead the industry to 2035, will play a critical role in driving forward the sectors future collective ambitions.

"Our cultural, sporting and business events ecosystem is fundamental to our nation’s DNA and contributes significantly to our economic, social and community prosperity.

"Few industries make the impact events do, playing an important role in our communities, enabling us all to connect, enjoy and share memorable experiences."

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, VisitScotland

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, VisitScotland

"Paul is a true champion of the events industry, and his work has put Scotland on the international map as the perfect stage for events. 

"Events are a core part of our purpose to drive the value of the visitor economy, and through the forthcoming refreshed National Events Strategy, we’ll continue to work with the industry to attract and develop world class events that will create sustainable, inclusive and memorable experiences."

Malcolm Roughead OBE, Chief Executive, VisitScotland

Before joining EventScotland in 2003 from his role as Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming, Paul became involved with Commonwealth Games Scotland as General Team Manager then Chef de Mission for the Scottish team at two successive Games. 

He was awarded an OBE in the 2007 Queen’s New Year honours list for services to Commonwealth sport and went on to be Chair of Commonwealth Games Scotland from 2015-2023.  Paul also held the position as Chair of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.

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