CELTIC Director Ian Livingston joined the House of Lords today (Monday), choosing the name Lord Livingston of Parkhead.
Mr Livingston was accompanied to his introduction into the House by former Celtic Chairman Lord Reid and outgoing Trade Minister Lord Greene, who Mr Livingston will replace.
Appointed to the Celtic Board as an independent non-executive director in October 2007, the 48-year-old chairs the Audit Committee.
Prior to joining the House of Lords he had served as Chief Executive of BT Group plc for five years, having also spent time as Chief Executive of BT Retail and as Group Finance Director.
Mr Livingston has also previously been Group Finance Director of Dixons Group plc and a non-executive director of Ladbrokes plc (formerly Hilton Group plc). He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987.
Speaking to the official website, Mr Livingston said: "It´s an honour and something that was very unexpected. It was a complete surprise and I didn’t expect it until I was asked by the Prime Minister.
"My role will be to help Britain export more, get more investment in the UK and help the UK grow. It will be very different but it´s an important thing to do.
In these difficult times, if I can help with growth in the UK, then that will be a good thing, and I am looking forward to it."
A lifelong Celtic supporter, Mr Livingston used to stand in The Jungle and he explained why he selected Parkhead as his title.
"One, is the obvious reason, but my Dad was also the local GP here for 30-odd years, so it´s a combination of being the home of Celtic and for my Dad, who was the first person in our family to go to university. These seemed two good reasons to choose Parkhead."