Bruce has held a wide range of senior leadership roles across government (UK and Scottish) and the third and private sectors.  He is currently Director of an incorporated legal practice, Board adviser to a rural business in the north of Scotland and a public interest member on the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland’s regulatory functions.

Until the end of 2019, he was the Chief Executive of Stòras Uibhist in the Outer Hebrides, which is the community owned landlord for 93,000 acres of crofting and sporting estate across the islands of South Uist, Eriskay and Benbecula. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of the British Society of Animal Science which, works to improve the understanding of animal science and the ways it can help ensure food is produced ethically and economically.

He has also served as the Chairman of a digital technology company and held board roles on a range of organisations.

Bruce served as President of the Law Society of Scotland in 2013-14 and as an office bearer in the Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet, the world’s oldest professional body and the birthplace of the solicitors’ profession, from 2011-19.

Amongst his roles during an extensive previous civil service career he served as Deputy Keeper (GC and Deputy CEO) at Registers of Scotland, Legal Secretary to the Lord President of the Court of Session (the head of Scotland’s judiciary) and Head of Rural Communities at the Scottish Government, dealing with tenant farming, crofting, land reform and EU grant funding programmes.