Lord Robertson is a distinguished Parliamentarian and tenth Secretary General of NATO.
Lord Robertson was elected six times as a Labour MP between 1978 and 1999. In the years of opposition, he was a front bench spokesman on Defence and Foreign Affairs, principal opposition spokesman on Europe and, in 1992, was named Parliamentarian of the year for his role during the Maastricht Treaty ratification.

Following the 1997 election he became Secretary of State for Defence and was made a member of Her Majesty's Privy Council. He was appointed to the House of Lords in 1999 and the same year became the tenth Secretary General of NATO, and Chairman of the North Atlantic Council, roles he served in until 2003. He is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on International Affairs and Defence.

As well as being one of the sixteen Knights of the Order of the Thistle and Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George, Lord Robertson has several high international honours including America's highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Lord Robertson holds Honorary Doctorates from various universities and is Chancellor of Dundee University, where he graduated in 1968. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Lord Robertson's many roles outside parliament have included Vice-chairman of the British Council and President of Chatham House. In the private sector he has served on the board of several companies.