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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.

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.

Iain Aitchison

Iain Aitchison brings to the board extensive international experience of the creative industries through his work at the forefront of design consulting, education and research. For over a decade he has consulted to multi-national companies around the world, helping to lead innovative strategic planning initiatives in over 15 countries and integrate design capabilities at the heart of complex organisations.

Previously Director at London-based strategic design consultancy Plan, Iain has recently joined the Glasgow School of Art as Programme Director at the Institute of Design Innovation where he is helping to collaboratively lead the development of a world-class research and teaching culture and foster local and global strategic partnerships. Alongside this new role, he continues to develop executive education programs for global companies, and is exploring the future of design education for a part-time PhD.

Iain has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art since 2006, is a board member of the Design Management Institute, USA and is external examiner for the MA Industrial Design programme at Central Saint Martins, London. He chairs, writes and speaks at conferences internationally on the subjects of design management and education and has lectured at Universities across Europe.

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.

Karen Forbes

Karen Forbes is an artist working across art and architecture whose work involves examining the creative possibilities which arise from this dialogue. She has a serious and long term engagement with the development of the creative arts in Scotland and is enthusiastic about exploring innovative ways of combining visual knowledge and mechanisms for artists to have the possibility to present new work. She brings an international perspective gained through her work in Japan, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Australia and the USA.

Karen has worked from micro to macro – from individual drawings and small scale artists intervention in cities, to working on a range of site specific initiatives and projects including 'Fold-Out Futures' in Chicago and Melbourne and the Temples Project in Kyoto.

She is currently contributing to the design process for a new city quarter in Amsterdam as part of Luma 3D Interactive. Karen has strong connections to education having Iectured internationally and authored several books, most recently 'Site Specific’, as well as being Professor of Art at the University of Edinburgh.

Cate Nelson-Shaw

Cate brings to the board a passion, enthusiasm and overview across a breadth of cultural and art forms as well as practical insights from her marketing career, working with colleagues in the nation’s creative industry.  She graduated from The University of Edinburgh with an MA in English Literature & English Language before beginning her career as a graduate for an international plc.

Since then Cate has created and delivered both strategic marketing and marketing communications solutions, from both a client and an agency perspective and Cate is now Marketing Director for Investors in People Scotland. She is regularly invited to speak at events and is often commissioned to write features for national and local media.

Her current non-executive portfolio also includes: Influencing Others board committee member for Changing the Chemistry and Business Mentor for Edinburgh Research & Innovation; and for 6 years Cate was a non-executive director of the Scotland Malawi Partnership.

Cate is a dancer - mainly ballet, a dedicated lifelong interest – and hugely enjoys engaging with and participating in Scotland’s vibrant cultural industries, including with her young family.

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.

Karthik Subramanya

Karthik Subramanya is currently Senior Advisor at the Boston Consulting Group, a global strategy and management consulting firm, where he advises senior executives within Utilities across Europe and the Middle East on strategic issues.

Till 2015, Karthik was Director of Strategy and Performance at SSE, and prior to that held senior management positions in Strategy, Corporate banking and Private equity in the Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group.

Karthik has been one of the key shapers of Indian arts and culture in Scotland as the President of the annual Dusherra Festival on Calton Hill, the largest independent minority arts festival in Scotland, between 2010 and May 2016. He has given a platform to a number of established and upcoming artists and nurtured Indian arts all across Scotland. He is an active promoter of diversity of thought within organisations and is a trustee of Changing the Chemistry, Scotland's leading corporate diversity body. Karthik is a qualified Electrical Engineer and has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

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.

Philip Long

Philip Long is Director of V&A Dundee, responsible for the development and now 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 British Council’s Advisory Committee for the Arts and Creative Economy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Stephanie Fraser

Stephanie Fraser is Chief Executive of Bobath Scotland Cerebral Palsy Centre. She is also Deputy Chair of the Scottish Government’s National Neurological Advisory Group 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.

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.