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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.

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.

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.

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 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. .

Stephanie Fraser

Stephanie Fraser is Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Scotland. She is also 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.