Ian McLauchlan was born in Tarbolton, Ayrshire and educated at Ayr Academy and Jordanhill College where he studied Physical Education. He was a teacher for 14 years before setting up his own marketing and sponsorship business. He is also a successful journalist and BBC commentator.
Ian played his rugby with Jordanhill, Glasgow and Natal and was capped for Scotland 43 times, 19 as Captain. He also captained the Barbarians and the Wolfhounds and played in all the tests in the two successful British Lions Tours of New Zealand in 1971 and South Africa in 1974. He is Chairman of the British and Irish Lions Trust and a Director of the Hearts and Balls Charitable Trust. He was elected Scottish Rugby President in June 2010 and served in this role in 2010/11 and 2011/12.
Ian was appointed as a non Executive Director on the Scottish Rugby Board with effect from 1 July 2012.