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Board

Board

Craft Scotland has a committed and passionate Board that works diligently for the success of the organisation. Responsible for strategic review and ensuring effective management of the organisation, the Board meets a minimum of five times a year. The Board includes individuals with financial, education and management experience as well as professionals from the craft sector.

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  • Catherine Holden

    Catherine Holden

    Chair

    Catherine Holden is an independent strategic consultant, facilitator and coach, who works across the UK with people in the arts, heritage and creative industries, supporting organisational change, team building, branding, marketing and fundraising strategy.

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  • Mary Michel

    Mary Michel

    Vice-Chair

    Mary Michel is the Co-Director of Ostrero, which grows the circular economy in Scotland through design and making workshops. She is also a Trustee of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland. 

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  • Angela  Houliston

    Angela Houliston

    Angela Houliston is an accountant and is currently the Finance Director of the Edinburgh Assay Office. She also has an interest in developing business skills in young people and is an Enterprise Expert with the Princes Trust.  

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  • Dr Elizabeth Goring

    Dr Elizabeth Goring

    Dr Elizabeth Goring is an independent curator, writer and consultant with specialist expertise in jewellery and metalwork. She was formerly a Principal Curator at National Museums Scotland. 

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  • Kirsty Sumerling

    Kirsty Sumerling

    Kirsty Sumerling is Director at The Scottish Gallery and previously worked at Dovecot Studios. She initially studied Jewellery & Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art. Photography: Stephen Dunn.‚Äč

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  • Liz Williamson

    Liz Williamson

    Liz Williamson is a qualified Chartered Accountant with advisory and non-executive roles within developing businesses and third sector. Liz was directly involved in the financial and strategic development of McQueen and in negotiating its high-profile acquisition. 

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  • Miles  Harrison

    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.

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  • Rebecca Peppiette

    Rebecca Peppiette

    Rebecca Peppiette is a Scottish Government civil servant, currently working within the Learning Directorate following a range of roles in the Culture Division. Previously she worked in the City of Edinburgh Council as Arts Strategy and Funding Manager and other roles at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the BBC.

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  • Sandra Gunn

    Sandra Gunn

    Sandra  Gunn is a fine artist and designer.  Formerly Dean of the Faculty Creative Industries at City of Glasgow College. She has extensive experience in tertiary education and is Associate Assessor for Education Scotland.  Photography: Angela Graham.

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  • Sue Pirnie

    Sue Pirnie

    A keen crafts collector, Sue Pirnie's career in art development spans national research, organisational development and curatatorial projects. Working for national agencies, Arts Council, local authorities, galleries, museums and artists she specialised in rural creative development.

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Advisory Group

To ensure makers inform our work and thinking, Craft Scotland meets twice yearly with an independent advisory group of practicing makers to review our programme and plans. The group is separate from the Board and members participate on a voluntary basis for a three-year term. 

  • Andrea Walsh

    Andrea Walsh

    Andrea Walsh is an artist based in Edinburgh. She studied fine art before completing a masters degree in glass at ECA, and set up her studio in 2005. Andrea's work is included in private and public collections worldwide. 

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  • Amanda  Simmons

    Amanda Simmons

    Amanda Simmons has worked with glass for the past 16 years, graduating from Central St Martin’s School of Art & Design studying Postgraduate Certificate in Glass & Architecture, before relocating to Dumfries & Galloway in 2005. 

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  • Angus  Ross

    Angus Ross

    Angus Ross is Creative Director of a studio-workshop specialising in steam bending oak sourced from a local woodland he manages for sustainability and biodiversity. Based in Perth and Kinross.   

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  • Elke Weston

    Elke Weston

    Elke Western is a Scotland-based glass artist who makes monumental architectural artworks for buildings around the world. Massive sheets of glass are hand-painted, making ever-changing impacts on the built environment. 

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  • Frances  Priest

    Frances Priest

    Frances Priest is an award-winning ceramic artist with over 20 years’ experience working as an independent maker in the field of ceramics. Examples of her work can be found in public collections across the UK. Photography: David N Anderson.

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  • Heather Shields

    Heather Shields

    Heather Shields is a textile designer and weaver based in Gourock on the west coast of Scotland, specialising in vibrant, contemporary fabrics, homeware and accessories. 

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  • Jonathan  Boyd

    Jonathan Boyd

    Jonathan Boyd is an artist and jeweller working in a variety of material, specialising in conceptual work and complex lost wax casting techniques. Since 2017, Jonathan has been a lecturer at The Royal College of Art, previously he was a lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art.

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  • Karen Westland

    Karen Westland

    Employing a considered selection of techniques, Karen Westland creates refined silverware and jewellery using 100% recycled precious metals and other responsibly sourced materials. Based in Glasgow. 

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  • Karen-Ann Dicken

    Karen-Ann Dicken

    Karen-Ann Dicken is a jewellery designer and maker based in Arbroath Scotland. Karen is a Lecturer in jewellery at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen and her specialist area is the integration of modern technologies with handcraft.

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  • Melanie  Muir

    Melanie Muir

    Melanie Muir creates entirely handmade work, selling and teaching internationally, as well as retailing her own tools for makers. She is passionate about helping other creatives fulfil their potential.

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  • Morag Macpherson

    Morag Macpherson

    Morag Macpherson works from her Kirkcudbright Studio creating patterns and patchwork, influenced by art history and different cultures, for her limited-edition textile accessories and artwear. 

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