Experience as a chair, board member and trustee

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Since 2016 I have been Chair of Craft Scotland: the national agency which inspires, develops and champions high quality contemporary craft.


The Board and team create opportunities for Scottish makers to exhibit, sell and promote their work, and for the public to see, purchase and learn about craft. Craft Scotland promotes creativity across ceramics, glass, textiles, furniture, jewellery, metalwork, wood, paper and willow - online, at high profile exhibitions in Scotland, London and internationally, and through an active learning and outreach programme.


Craft Scotland is a Regularly Funded Organisation supported by Creative Scotland.


Surveys estimate that Scottish craft contributes over £70million to the economy, through an estimated 3,350 makers.

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The Fruitmarket in Edinburgh presents world class, thought-provoking and challenging contemporary art made by both Scottish and international artists, in an environment that is welcoming, engaging, informative and always free. The gallery attracts over 160,000 visitors a year, and is a Regularly Funded Organisation supported by Creative Scotland.


I have supported the staff and Board since 2009, with a particular emphasis on marketing and branding, audience development, fundraising, commercial initiatives, staff recruitment and Board succession, alongside overall organisational strategy.


The Fruitmarket reopened in 2021 after a major capital redevelopment, which doubled the size of the building. This has increased exhibition and peformance space and provided much improved learning facilities - a step change for art and for audiences. 

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In April 2022 I joined the Board of Clore Leadership, a dynamic and inclusive resource for leaders and aspiring leaders in the arts, culture and creative sectors, which provides a wide ranging programme of development for those at all stages of their leadership journey.

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From 2005 to 2015 I was a Board member of the Edinburgh Art Festival , the UK's largest annual visual arts festival, with half a million visitors each August. The Festival brings together over 50 exhibitions, a wide-ranging events programme and major commissions from leading and emerging artists.

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I was twice elected to the Board of the Arts Marketing Association, the UK's professional development body helping cultural organisations build skills to reach more people. Beyond my Board role I created and hosted annual conferences for museums and galleries, wrote a membership development strategy for Scotland, and have been a regular keynote speaker and trainer.

‘We were privileged to have Catherine as a trustee on the Edinburgh Art Festival Board. She provided valuable advice at a key stage in our development. This included expert advice on branding, including a new identity for the Festival; tendering for PR contracts; and critically, supporting the development of a three-year business plan, underpinning successful transition to regular funding from Creative Scotland. Catherine was a dedicated and committed trustee, a valued and welcome source of constructive and informed feedback, who brought a vast wealth of professional experience. She also took time to really know and understand the Festival and how it operated, regularly attending Festival exhibitions and events. We benefitted enormously from her contributions. She would be an asset to any Board.’

Sorcha Carey | Director, Edinburgh Art Festival