Peter West was formerly Chief Operating Officer of the Edinburgh College of Art. Previously Chief Officer of Strathclyde University, Glasgow and President of the IMHE programme of OECD in Paris. Currently Scottish Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi. He has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Malawi and Rostov-on- Don and received the OBE in 2006 for his services to Higher Education in Scotland and Malawi.
He is a Trustee of Scotland’s Africa in Motion Film Festival. In 1970, he directed a film festival which did not turn out well when the featured Polish films of Andzrej Wajda appeared without subtitles!