Simon Pepper
DiedSeptember 18, 2018(2018-09-18) (aged 69–70)
OfficeDirector of WWF (Scotland)
Termin office 1985–2005
Spouse(s)Morag Mackenzie
  • Richard Pepper (father)
  • Patricia Pepper née Mackenzie (mother)

Simon Pepper OBE FRSGS (1947–2018) was Director of the World Wildlife Fund (Scotland) from 1985 to 2005. He was also Lord Rector of the University of St Andrews between 2005 and 2008, having been inaugurated on 10 March, and was succeeded by Kevin Dunion.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Pepper was a board member of the Deer and Forestry Commissions in Scotland, as well as acting as an advisor to Scottish Ministers on Sustainable Development as a member of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Sustainable Scotland.[7]

He was awarded the OBE in the Millennium Honours List for his services to Sustainable Development, having served as a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Group on Sustainable Development from 1994 to 1998.

Before joining WWF, Simon Pepper ran his own business in Scotland, providing holiday courses about cultural and natural heritage. In 1971 he worked for one year as United Nations Volunteer for the Food and Agriculture Organization in Chad.[8]

In 2011, Simon Pepper was appointed a member of the Heritage Lottery Fund's Committee for Scotland.

Simon Pepper died suddenly on 18 September 2018.[9]


  1. ^ "New Rector to be installed". University of St Andrews News. University of St Andrews. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  2. ^ Raven, Hugh (2018-11-21). "Simon Pepper obituary". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media Limited. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Simon Pepper OBE (1947-2018)". The Andrew Raven Trust. The Andrew Raven Trust, Scottish Charity Number SCO39488. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Simon Pepper OBE". Scottish Environment LINK. Scottish Environment LINK. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  5. ^ Edwards, Rob. "Simon Pepper 1947 - 2018". Environmental News and Comment. Rob Edwards (Freelance journalist). Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Obituary - Simon Pepper, environmental campaigner and leading figure in WWF Scotland". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Deer Working Group". Scottish Government. Scottish Government. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  8. ^ Raven, Hugh (2018-11-21). "Simon Pepper obituary". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media Limited. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Death of Simon Pepper". 19 September 2018.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Clement Freud
Rector of the University of St Andrews
Succeeded by
Kevin Dunion