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Our Board

Craft Scotland's board have between expertise in marketing, funding, finance, business, exhibiting, and retailing.

Catherine Holden
Mary Michel
Stephen Bottemley

Catherine Holden

Chair

Mary Michel

Vice-Chair

Stephen Bottomley
Miles Harrison
Liz Williamson
Sue Pirnie
Miles Harrison Liz Williamson
Sue Pirnie


About our Board members

Catherine Holden (Chair)

Catherine Holden joined the Board of Craft Scotland in 2015, becoming Chair in 2016. Her career to date has been with major UK cultural organisations, including Tate, the National Theatre, the Natural History Museum and, until recently, Director of External Relations for National Museums Scotland. Her strategic specialisms include marketing and branding; building profile, partnerships and audiences; revenue and capital fundraising; and organisational development. She has worked on a series of successful multi-million-pound projects, including Tate Modern, the Darwin Centre, and successive developments for National Museums Scotland raising over £60m and doubling visitor numbers. Catherine is now working as an independent consultant across culture and heritage, media and tourism. 

Catherine is also a Board Director for the Fruitmarket, one of the country's leading contemporary art galleries. Her previous non-executive roles include election to the Arts Marketing Association Board, and serving as a Trustee of the Edinburgh Art Festival, the UK's largest annual festival of visual arts. She is also a member of the Women Leaders in Museums Network, and a popular speaker, trainer and mentor. Her career began in commercial brand management, following a first class degree in English at Oxford University. 

Catherine is a keen advocate of contemporary craft, as a collector, amateur practitioner and gallery-goer. 

Mary Michel (Vice-Chair)

Mary Michel is the Director of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths and "Silver of the Stars". She has been inspired by working with Scotland's goldsmiths, silversmiths and jewellers for over ten years now. She is an aspiring writer and has three small children.

Stephen Bottomley

Stephen Bottomley is a senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and Programme Director of the Masters and BA Hons Jewellery and Silversmithing courses at Edinburgh College of Art within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. 
Stephen is a jeweller with particular studio interests in embossing precious metal and working with vitreous enamel to affect surface and colour. His work is internationally exhibited and held in collections at the British Museum, National Museums of Scotland, Royal College of Art and South East Arts Collection. 

Stephen currently leads the Adorned Afterlife research network (est 2015) The network brings together researchers from across Design, Archaeology, Forensic Anthropology, History, Philosophy and Museum Studies to examine and interpret objects of adornment.

Miles Harrison

Miles Harrison works in leadership and organisation/governance development and is an independent meeting facilitator. He has particular expertise and experience in the not-for-profit and public sectors. Since 1990 he has designed and delivered bespoke governance and leadership development programmes for a range of not-for-profit and public sector organisations in the UK and abroad. 

He previously worked for the leadership development organisation Common Purpose as Programme Director and for the Scottish Arts Council as Senior Development Officer (National Lottery), later running the Advancement Programme - a scheme to help organisations achieve lasting positive change.  He is an accredited Action Learning Set facilitator and has run training programmes in coaching and mentoring.

Liz Williamson

Liz is a qualified CA with a business career operating in external and internal advisory roles. Liz was directly involved in the financial, business and strategic development of McQueen, a Scottish-based international group, and in negotiating its acquisition by Sykes, a US quoted company. Latterly Liz has focussed on advisory and non-executive roles within developing businesses and the arts and charity sectors. Liz was a Board member and Chair of Imaginate until 2012.

Liz is a keen supporter of the craft sector as a collector and engages her own creativity through writing.

Sue Pirnie

Sue's background in the arts covers many roles, including: teacher - and advisory teacher to Tate Britain; Highland Council Arts Officer - curating and managing galleries, public art and regeneration, residencies; Visual Arts Officer at the Scottish Arts Council. As a freelance arts specialist, she works with agencies and organisations on research and development across Scotland and contributes to several boards and awards panels.

A collector of art and crafts, she also commissions work from jewellery to, most recently, a gate/entrance feature by Sam Barlow - Highland artist-blacksmith.

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