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The Board

The Creative Scotland Board is accountable to, and appointed by, the Scottish Government. The Board provides leadership, direction, support and guidance to Creative Scotland as a whole.

Visit the Resources section to view and download board papers as well as related documents such as the Board Code of Conduct and Register of Interests.

Robert Wilson (Chair)

Robert Wilson brings a wide range of leadership experience in the commercial, philanthropic and charitable sectors, with particular experience of the arts, including festivals and the visual arts. Mr Wilson is co-founder of Jupiter Artland Foundation, the award winning Sculpture Park near Edinburgh.

He has served as Chair of Edinburgh Art Festival, Trustee of Little Sparta Trust, Trustee of the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh, Trustee of the Dovecot Studios and Chair of the Arts Working Group at Inverleith House. He chairs The Barcapel Foundation and Prostate Scotland. He is Chairman and co-owner of Nelsons, the UK’s largest natural medicines producer.

Mr. Wilson's appointment as Chair will be for four years and runs from 10 February 2018 to 9 February 2022. This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

Malath Abbas

Malath Abbas is a game designer, artist and creative producer working on experimental and meaningful games and experiences in Scotland. Malath is a founding member of Biome Collective, a creative studio, community and digital space for people to create, collaborate and explore new frontiers in game design, digital art and technology.

With over 10 years working in Scotland, Malath has created a diverse portfolio of work and has exhibited internationally. With a passion for the arts, he has a track record of cross-disciplinary collaborative projects with sectors outside of games. Through close collaboration, partnership and workshop facilitation Malath has worked to demystify digital and games to diverse groups and settings.

Past projects include ‘Shpeel’ an interactive installation that explores mental health, BAFTA Scotland nominated game ‘Killbox’ and ‘Arcadia Festival’ that brings people together and empowers marginalised voices to explore, share and celebrate games design, experimental process and our evolving cultural landscape.

Ewan Angus

Ewan Angus worked for the BBC for 32 years, more than half that time as commissioning editor for television at BBC Scotland. He has extensive experience of TV and Film production and co-production within the UK and internationally. He also brings a deep understanding of audiences and changing patterns of media consumption.

Ewan has an impressive track record in identifying and developing creative talent in the screen sector. During his time at BBC Scotland he consistently demonstrated support for a diverse range of activity in the arts across Scotland.

Alongside his BBC role, Ewan has sat on a number of industry committees including a three year term as chair of BAFTA Scotland.

Yahya Barry

Yahya Barry is Chair of BE United, an African/Caribbean arts and cultural charity. Drawing on his expertise in ethnic relations, cultural dialogue and social change, he has provided consultation to the BBC Religion & Ethics Board from 2016 and regularly contributes to BBC Scotland’s Sunday Morning With programme.

Yahya is currently a senior visiting researcher at the University of Copenhagen’s Centre of African Studies, former fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Alwaleed Centre and Lead Outreach and PR at Edinburgh Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre. He hopes to bring his expertise in inclusive approaches to creativity and culture in direct partnership with, and in support of, a diverse range of communities in Scotland to Creative Scotland.

David Brew

David was a senior civil servant until he retired from the Scottish Government in 2011. From 2004-2006 he advised Scottish Ministers on cultural, language and broadcasting policy and sponsored the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen. He was appointed by Ofcom to the board of MG ALBA (the Gaelic media service) in May 2012 and chairs its audit committee.

A former chief executive of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, David is a member of the Financial Reporting Council’s Disciplinary Case Management Committee. His interests include languages, music and film.

Duncan Cockburn

Duncan Cockburn is the Director of Planning and Policy at the Robert Gordon University. He is currently the Chair of Culture Aberdeen – the network of cultural organisations within the city and is responsible for the implementation of Aberdeen’s cultural strategy.

Prior to this he chaired a working group jointly established by Aberdeen City Council and the cultural sector to develop that cultural strategy.

Duncan was the Chair of the Look Again visual arts and design festival based in Aberdeen for its first four festivals between 2015 and 2018. He is also a Board member of both Aberdeen Performing Arts and Sound.

Stephanie Fraser

Stephanie Fraser is Chief Executive of Bobath Scotland Cerebral Palsy Centre. She is also Chair of the Scottish Government’s National Neurological Advisory Group, a Board member of OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Neurological Alliance of Scotland.

She has previously been a Trustee of Horsecross Arts in Perth and a Trustee of Dance House Glasgow. Having trained as a professional ballet dancer, Stephanie then read history at Trinity College, Cambridge. She became an Account Director at the advertising agency, J Walter Thompson, working on accounts such as Nestlé and De Beers.

She returned to the dance world and re-trained as a Benesh choreologist and worked as Company Choreologist for English National Ballet before moving into the administrative side of the company as Director of Development and then moving north to become Head of Development at Scottish Ballet.

In December 2020 she was created a life peer in the House of Lords and took her seat as Baroness Fraser of Craigmaddie in February 2021.

Duncan Hendry

Duncan Hendry has worked in the cultural sector in Scotland for over thirty years and brings experience of the music business and the wider performing arts as a concert promoter, festival director and programmer of some of Scotland’s largest theatres and arts venues. From 1999 until 2019 he led major arts organisations in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

Duncan helped establish and became the first Chief Executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts in 2004 and then in 2012 became Chief Executive of Festival City Theatres Trust which later became Capital Theatres. He stepped down from this role in 2019. He is a former member and Chair of Edinburgh Cultural Venues Group, a former Trustee of the Lemon Tree and is currently Chair of Lung Ha Theatre Company, a board member of both Eden Court Theatre in Inverness and Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival, and a member of the King’s Theatre Campaign Board.

Philip Long

Philip Long OBE is Chief Executive of the National Trust for Scotland, taking up the role in July 2020. Prior to that he was founding Director of V&A Dundee, responsible for the development and operation of this new international design museum.

Throughout his career he has contributed to the development of many arts, education and academic organisations.

Previously he was Senior Curator at National Galleries Scotland, with a specialisation in historical and contemporary Scottish and wider British art and design, producing numerous exhibitions and publications. He curated Scotland’s presence at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and was responsible for the UK presentation at the Milan Design Triennale in 2015.

He is an honorary Professor of the University of Dundee and Honorary Research Fellow of St Andrews University, a member of the British Council’s Advisory Committee for the Arts and Creative Economy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Carol Main

Carol Main is Director of Live Music Now Scotland and LMN International, a scheme which supports exceptionally talented emerging artists in bringing the transformative power of music to a wide range of audiences. She also works as a freelance journalist, including as classical music editor of The List magazine and music reviewer for The Scotsman. She is a Governor of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Chair of The Night With..., Vice-Chair of the Traditional Music Forum and a board member of the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras, drawing on experience as founding Director of the National Association of Youth Orchestras.

Carol has also served on the boards of the Association of British Orchestras, Voluntary Arts Scotland and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She is a past Chair of Chamber Music Scotland and Hebrides Ensemble. Carol grew up in Kirkcaldy and studied Music and English at the University of Edinburgh. She was awarded an MBE for services to music in 2015.

Sarah Munro

Sarah Munro is currently Director of the UK’s largest contemporary art institution BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.

She is an inspiring and respected cultural leader with significant skills, knowledge and experience gained over 25 years working with artists, curators, writers, producers and the public.

Previous roles include Head of Arts, Glasgow Life; Artistic Director, Tramway and Director, Collective Gallery Edinburgh. She is currently Chair of SCAN, the Scottish Contemporary Art Network, which provides a voice and advocacy for Scotland’s visual arts community.

Elizabeth Partyka

Elizabeth Partyka has had an extensive broadcasting career working with commercial radio, BBC Scotland, Granada TV, Buena Vista and most recently STV. In May 2015 she received the RTS Scotland Award for her services to television.

She joined STV as Head of Children’s Programming in 1995, later becoming MD of Network Productions and was appointed Channel controller in 2007, a role she left in 2007.

Elizabeth is currently a member of Edinburgh Napier University Court and Scotland’s Screen Academy.

David Strachan

David Strachan was founding managing director of Tern Television in 1988 and saw the growth of the company from staff of four to more than fifty in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Belfast until he stepped down from that role in June 2018. For 19 years he was Scottish representative on the board of the producers trade association and also served a term on the board of Scottish Screen.

He has been active in making the cases in London and Scotland for increased production from the Nations. As a producer, he has been part of teams which have won several BAFTAS and other awards.

He is an honorary professor in the film and media studies department of the University of Stirling.