University of Aberdeen. George Heriot"s School.
He has been Provost of Street Mary"s Cathedral, Edinburgh since 1990. and the University of Edinburgh. Ordained in 1976, he was a Curate at Old Saint Paul"s, Edinburgh after which he was appointed Provost of Street Ninian"s Cathedral, Perth in 1982. In addition to his ministry at the cathedral, Forbes is currently Chair of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, Chair of OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) and Chair of Court, Edinburgh Napier University.
He also serves on the Armed Forces Pay Review Body and the Security Vetting Appeals Panel.
Forbes" previous appointments include Her Majesty (lay) Inspector of Constabulary. The General Medical Council.
The Scottish Consumer Council. The Parole Board of Scotland.
The Scottish Board of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.
The Scottish Community Education Council and the Edinburgh Board of Manpower Services Commission. He is an Honorary Doctor of Napier University. He chaired the Scottish Executive"s Expert Group on MMR. In January 2002, he became Chairman of the Board of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC), having been a board member since its inception in 1999.
He ceased to be a member on 31 December 2008, having served the maximum period permitted by statute.
He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2003 for public service in Scotland.