Starting in 2019, four Old Aloysians were inducted into the OA Hall of Fame, as a result of their contributions to business, philanthropy, law and health.  You can read about our 'fantastic four' below.

Would you like to make a nomination for the 2020 OA Hall of Fame?  If so, here's how:

This award will be made to Old Aloysians who have made a significant impact by their services to the community, achievements in their chosen field, such as: the arts, business, sciences, sport, academic, public or religious life.  

Inductees will be expected to take part in publicity, including photographs, and attendance at an Assembly for their presentation when they will have the chance to address the Senior School.

To nominate an OA, send an email to: or write to us at the Development Office of the College, telling us who you would like to nominate and why.  Closing date for 2020 nominations is 31 October 2019.

OA HALL OF FAME 2018 - 2019

Recognised for his services to Broadcasting and Public Life

James Stuart, Lord Gordon of Strathblane (Class of 1953)

James Gordon left his position as Political Editor of STV in 1973 to set up Radio Clyde which commenced broadcasting on 31st December that year. He remained as Managing Director until 1996 when he became Chairman of what had grown into Scottish Radio Holdings until 2005. He was also a non-executive director of several listed companies, and a member of BP’s Scottish Advisory Board 1990-2003.

He Chaired the Scottish Tourist Board/Visit Scotland from 1998-2001 and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre from 1983-89 and was a Member of Court at University of Glasgow 1983-97, a Board Member of the Scottish Development Agency 1981-90 and a Trustee of the National Galleries 1998-2001.  He was awarded the CBE in 1984, became a Life Peer in 1997, and holds Honorary degrees from Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian Universities, the Lord Provosts Award for public service in 1994 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Glasgow Chamber of Commerce in 2015.

He is married with a daughter and two sons, and 4 grandchildren. 

Recognised for his services to the Improvement of Health and Wellbeing in Scotland   

Professor Sir Harry Burns (Class of 1969)

Sir Harry Burns graduated in medicine in 1974 from Glasgow University and in 1984, was appointed Consultant Surgeon, University Department of Surgery, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow.  In 1990, following completion of an MSc Public Health, he was appointed Medical Director of the Royal Infirmary.  Many of his patients lived in the east end of Glasgow and it was this insight to the complex inter-relationships between social and economic status, illness and recovery that began his lifelong focus: to reduce health inequalities.

In 1994, he was appointed Director of Public Health for Greater Glasgow Health Board and in 2005 he became Chief Medical Officer for Scotland.  He was Knighted in 2011 and in 2014, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, presented him with a lifetime achievement award for public service from the Scottish Government.

In April 2014 he became Professor of Global Public Health at Strathclyde University.  In addition to research publication and supervision of doctoral students, Sir Harry leads on a number of major, multi-agency projects and is Chair of the University’s Centre for Health Policy.  He is a regular invited keynote speaker to local, national and international events and to academic programmes. 

Among many appointments, he is a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; a member of Diabetes UK Board; Chair of the Wheatley Foundation; a member of Johnson & Johnson’s Impact Investment Advisory Committee and a member of the Health Foundation’s Sciana Programme for international health leaders.

In November 2017, the Scottish Government published Sir Harry’s report on an independent review of targets and indicators in Scotland's NHS.

Recognised for his services to Business and Philanthropy

Maurice Taylor CBE, DBA, KJSJ, FBIM, FIH, KOHS (Class of 1958)

Maurice V Taylor is Founder and Chairman of The Chardon Group. Renowned and respected both nationally and internationally, Maurice is recognised for dedication to entrepreneurship and innovation, and distinguished by strategic vision.

Maurice owns a number of Scotland’s most successful hotels and restaurants, including Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland and Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport. Back in 1975, he also launched Glasgow’s original French Mediterranean Brasserie, the award winning La Bonne Auberge, and today diners can still enjoy the delights of its tantalizing, ‘in-vogue’ menus at Maurice’s Glasgow Holiday Inn Theatreland.

In addition he created, developed and ran the prestigious Parklands Country Club in the Newton Mearns area of Glasgow – another first in its class at the time.  He also founded and operated Chardon Management the UK’s largest independent hotel management company which was subsequently sold after 15 years to Interstate Hotels and Resorts the largest US-based global management company.

Throughout his years in the industry Maurice has been the proud recipient of a plethora of awards including Lifetime Achievement and Entrepreneur of the Year from a number of august bodies. He is currently visiting Professor at the Scottish Hotel School and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Strathclyde where they also elevated him to their “Strathclyde Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs".

Maurice’s most recent achievements are Lifetime Achievement Award from Inspiring City Awards, The Lifetime Excellence Award from CIS Excellence Awards and his appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to business and charity.

Recognised for her services to Scots Law and for being the first woman to be elected as Dean of The Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow

Nicola Irvine (Class of 1993) 

Nicola attended St Aloysius’ College from 1988-1993. She went on to study law at the University of Strathclyde then commenced her legal career at Hughes Dowdall solicitors. She subsequently joined the firm of Russells Gibson McCaffrey in 2002 and is now the managing partner of that firm.

Aside from her work as a solicitor, Nicola was appointed as a legal member of the First Tier Tribunal for Scotland in 2017.

Nicola has always taken a keen interest in supporting the legal profession and in 2017, she was the first woman to be appointed as Dean of The Royal Faculty of Procurators in its 349 year history.