Bruce has held a wide range of senior leadership roles across both government (UK and Scottish) and the private sector.

Until the end of 2019, he was the Chief Executive of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of BSAS. This is 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. Bruce is also the non executive chairman of a technology company.

Bruce served as President of the Law Society of Scotland in 2013-4 and is 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.

He formerly 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.