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


    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Brian  Hills

    Brian Hills

    Brian is Deputy CEO at The Data Lab, Scotland's national innovation centre for data and artificial intelligence where he has lead programmes to develop the organisation's culture & values, service offering and scale impact.  

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  • Ebba Goring

    Ebba Goring

    Ebba Goring is Director of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, who provide opportunities for jewellers and silversmiths in Scotland. Previously she was an independent fine jeweller and trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. Photography: Photos by Zoe.

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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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  • Natalia Lewandowska

    Natalia Lewandowska

    Natalia Lewandowska works in development at the Centre for the Moving Image. She has a legal background and experience within the arts, community and third sector. Natalia is interested in sustainability and widening access to the creative industries. 

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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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  • Sue Pirnie

    Sue Pirnie

    A keen crafts collector, Sue Pirnie's career in art development spans national research, organisational development and curatorial 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, our Director and a Board representative 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 two year term.


  • Garvin Sealy

    Garvin Sealy

    With specialisms in stained glass ceramics, sculpture and printmaking Garvin Sealy's work is held in collections in North America, Europe and Asia. With a passion for teaching heritage crafts, he is currently a Co-Director of EqualiTree. 

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  • Katia Stewart

    Katia Stewart

    Katia Stewart is a Global Programme Manager for Crafting Futures, a global programme from British Council supporting the future of craft around the globe.

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  • Clare  Waddle

    Clare Waddle

    Clare Waddle is one part of lighting & product design duo Yellow Broom and a sculpture graduate of Edinburgh College of Art.  Valuing simplicity YB create sustainable handcrafted utilitarian products. Based within Cairngorms National Park.   

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  • Lisa  McGovern

    Lisa McGovern

    Lisa McGovern is Curriculum Head for Craft & Design at City of Glasgow College, embedding ethics and sustainability into the Curriculum. With a degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing, Lisa specialises in experimentation with material and processes.

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  • Morven Macrae

    Morven Macrae

    Exhibition Co-ordinator for Garvald Edinburgh. Morven Macrae is committed to promoting and raising the profile of makers with a learning disability and/or autism whilst creating accessible opportunities and networks.

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  • Kirsten Gow

    Kirsten Gow

    Kirsten Gow is a maker and creative freelancer based on the Isle of Jura. Her primary material is glass and she has a passion for enabling arts participation in Scotland's most rural areas.

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  • Jodie  Barnacle-Best

    Jodie Barnacle-Best

    Jodie Barnacle-Best is an award-winning first class (with honours) textile design graduate specialising in knitwear. Jodie is currently completing her Masters in Fashion and Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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