Experience as a 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 Gallery 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.


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 Gallery is a Regularly Funded Organisation supported by Creative Scotland.


A major capital project is currently underway, doubling the size of the gallery to increase learning provision and improve facilities for art and audiences. The gallery will reopen in 2020. 


Meanwhile the Fruitmarket becomes Bookmarket - a pop-up bookshop and events space in the heart of the capital.

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The Edinburgh Art Festival is 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.


I was a Board member for 10 years (2005-15) and helped the organisation develop from its early foundations. I had a particular focus on profile and PR, branding and design, audience engagement, fundraising and staff recruitment.

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The Arts Marketing Association is a UK professional development body helping cultural organisations to reach more people. I was twice elected to the Board by members, and supported the senior team in developing programming and increasing membership.


Beyond my Board role I created and hosted an annual conference series for museums and galleries, wrote a membership development strategy for Scotland, and have been a regular contributor and trainer, presenting seminars and webinars and acting as a keynote speaker for the annual conference.

‘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