Dana MacLeod

Executive Director of Arts, Communities and Inclusion

Telephone: 0131 523 0090

Email: [email protected]

Areas of responsibility

Dana MacLeod leads Creative Scotland’s artistic and creative development, helping to build a more diverse, equitable and sustainable sector and providing strategic leadership and direction to the Arts team; Place, Partnerships and Communities team; and the EDI team.

Working with the executive leadership team, she is responsible for ensuring strategic coherence and alignment, fostering collaborative working, co-ordinated planning and resource management; policy development; and knowledge sharing across Creative Scotland and Screen Scotland.

Background and experience

Dana has worked in arts and culture throughout her career including, most recently, as Director of Arts for the British Council in South Asia, where she had overall leadership for British Council’s arts and culture work in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Afghanistan facilitating opportunities and exchange between the UK and South Asia.

Prior to this, Dana was Director of Arts for British Council Scotland, building extensive international opportunities for Scottish artists and organisations, in partnership with the culture sector, other cultural organisations and with Government, including Creative Scotland.

A respected arts professional in Scotland, Dana has worked across art forms and has a track record in championing diversity. Dana worked with Festivals Edinburgh to evolve cultural diplomacy, international strategy, and partnerships.

She has also worked as a producer and programme director with many festivals including: the Edinburgh Mela, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival.