Douglas was born in Dunfermline in 1955 and educated at Queen Anne High School in the town. On leaving school he became a civil servant in The Scottish Office, rising through various grades to latterly head up the Arts, Film and Broadcasting Policy Branch in what was then the Scottish Office Education and Industry Department.
In 1996 he took the opportunity of a secondment to work in the private sector and decided not to return to the civil service, instead taking up post as Deputy Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and subsequently Chief Executive of Lanarkshire Chamber of Commerce.
He has vast experience of operating at boardroom level having served on the Board of Scottish TV (Regional) Ltd for some 6 years and on the Boards of a number of Scottish based charities. While at STV, he became a Trustee of their staff’s pension scheme and a Trustee of the Caledonian Publishing Pension Scheme. In 2001 he helped to set up Chamber Pensions Ltd for the British Chambers of Commerce and served as a director, and latterly Chairperson, of that company until it was taken over by Prudential in 2006. He was appointed as a Church of Scotland Pension Trustee by the General Assembly in 2014 and is now vice chair of the Trustees. He is also a member of the Investment Group.
Douglas is currently a Director of Fife’s local radio station, Kingdom FM and a Fellow of the RSA .
He is an Elder in Dunfermline Abbey and until March 2017 was Joint Session Clerk. He enjoys travelling abroad with Austria, Switzerland and Germany being among his favourite holiday destinations.