Our Board Members
Rhona Arthur is currently Interim Head of Connected Communities at North Ayrshire Council, with strategic responsibility for Community Empowerment and Asset Transfer, Community Learning and Development, Community Planning Partnership, Community Facilities, Active Schools, Information and Culture Sports and Activity.
She was Senior Manager (Information and Culture) at North Ayrshire Council from 2012 with responsibility for the heritage service and two museums, as well as working with community heritage groups. A career librarian, Rhona has an in-depth knowledge of cultural services and considerable experience of working with local authorities, other organisations, and with individuals in her previous role as Assistant Director with SLIC. Rhona is on the Board of the Scottish Football Museum, an External Examiner with the Robert Gordon University and has held a number of other voluntary roles including mentor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
Trish Caimbeul Botten
Trish has recently finished working as Principal Officer, Cultural and Information Services, for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) – working on the transformation of Museum nan Eilean as part of the HLF Lews Castle Project. Working closely with the local Comain Eachdraidh, Education, Arts and Tourism - the project has explored the concept of what it means to be a Gaelic essence 21st century heritage service.
Trish brings nearly 40 years of experience of working in a local government context developing library, museum, archives and archaeology services and keeping their profile high in challenging economic times. She has also worked at national and regional level as Youth and Schools Adviser at the Library Association (now CILIP) and Learning and Skills Manager at MLA South East.
Her career has always been about embedding cultural services at the heart of communities and working in external partnerships to develop national policies for the sector, and literacy and learning products to engage new audiences.
Mary Jane Brouwers
Mary Jane has worked in equity investments since 1997 when she joined the team that became Bank of Scotland Growth Equity, managing a portfolio of companies ranging from SME to FTSE.
While working at Bank of Scotland Mary Jane was a director of First Welsh General Investment Trust Limited, a bank subsidiary. Subsequently she worked as an Investment Manager for the Scottish Investment Bank for two years before joining Archangels, Scotland’s most successful business angel group, as an Investment Executive in 2010. At Archangels she was responsible for reviewing new investment proposals as well as the active portfolio management of investee companies.
Mary Jane was appointed to the board of Edinburgh Instruments Limited in 2010 as the Scottish Enterprise investor director and played an active role in developing the commercial focus of the company, which resulted in significantly increased sales and profitability and subsequently the sale of the business to Hong Kong-based Techcomp Holdings Limited. She also served as Independent Director on the board of LINC Scotland, the national association for business angels in Scotland from 2013-2018.
Mary Jane has been a non-executive director for the University of Glasgow investment subsidiary, GU Holdings Limited, since 2016 and in 2108 was appointed as Independent Director on the board of Cyan Forensics Limited, an early-stage cyber security company.
Mary Jane is a Chartered Management Accountant and served as Regional Secretary on the board of CIMA Scotland from 2009-2011. Prior to 1997 Mary Jane worked as a management accountant for various blue-chip corporates in the UK and Continental Europe.
As Director of Public Programmes at National Museums Scotland, Ruth holds the responsibility to lead on public engagement and content generation for over 2.25 million visitors every year. She manages learning and events programming, community engagement, displays, design, technical, exhibitions and touring functions.
She is also the Project Director for the Masterplan at the National Museum of Scotland, successfully launching the penultimate phase of ten new galleries with associated digital and learning programmes in 2016.
Before this post, she was at Historic Royal Palaces leading the creative programme and Interpretation Department, delivering projects such as Kensington Palace, the Crown Jewel representation, and Henry 500. She has worked for an exhibition specialist consultancy – Fraser Randall Productions – on many projects including Thinktank science centre, Birmingham, in the capacity of Content and Curatorial Director. She has experience of working in museums, theatre and heritage sectors.
Ruth was selected as one of the 50 ‘Women to Watch in the Creative and Cultural Sector’, by the Arts Council and Cultural Leadership Programme in March 2010 and is a member of the National Trust’s Collections and Interpretation Advisory Group, and a Board member of Edinburgh Art Festival.
Professor Donna Heddle
Professor Donna Heddle is Director of the Institute for Northern Studies and Head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism at the University of the Highlands and Islands. As well as serving on several UHI Committees, Donna has a number of roles in both the Scottish and international academic and cultural arena, including membership of the Cross Parliamentary Working Group on Nordic Countries at Holyrood. Donna is the author of a number of publications and gained her PhD in Renaissance Scots Literature from the University of Edinburgh. In June 2013, Donna was awarded a personal chair by the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Sir John Leighton
Sir John Leighton studied Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art, and History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He taught art history at Edinburgh before being appointed in 1986 as Curator of 19th-century paintings at the National Gallery in London, a post he held for over ten years.
He was Director of the Van Gogh Museum from 1997 until his appointment as Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland in March 2006. At the Van Gogh Museum he was responsible for the world’s most important collection of Van Gogh and one of Europe’s leading collections of 19th century art.
He has curated numerous exhibitions including Caspar David Friedrich’s Winter Landscapes (1990), Art in the Making: Impressionism (1990), Seurat’s Bathers (1997) Signac (2001) and Manet and the Sea (2004), contributed to the catalogues for the above exhibitions, and published and lectured on various aspects of 19th and 20th-century art.
Since his appointment as Director-General, the National Galleries of Scotland has made a number of notable acquisitions including Titian’s Diana and Actaeon and the ARTIST ROOMS collection. In recognition of his contribution to the arts, he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2009 and a Knighthood in December 2012.
Ray Macfarlane - Chair
Ray Macfarlane graduated MA, LLB, MBA from the University of Glasgow and began her career as a solicitor in private practice. A former Senior Director of HBOS plc and Managing Director of Scottish Enterprise, Ray is now Chair of the Scottish Legal Aid Board. She has held a variety of non-executive posts in the public and private sectors and was formerly a Trustee and Deputy Chair of the National Galleries of Scotland, Chair of Scottish Screen and Deputy Chair of the Scottish Arts Council. For the past 7 years she has served as Chair of Scotland’s Recognition Scheme, which celebrates, promotes and invests in Scotland’s Nationally Significant Collections. Ray is Deputy Chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and is Chair of the Scotland Committee.
Bill McDonald is the former Country Managing Director for Accenture, Scotland, having retired in September 2019 after almost 22 years. A qualified accountant (FCMA), Bill specialised in Finance and Accounting Outsourcing, looking after clients in fields as diverse as Oil and Gas; Telecommunications and Media and Entertainment. Prior to this Bill spent 14 years in the Energy Industry in a number of senior finance roles. Bill is Chair of Young Enterprise Scotland and has been a Board Member on a number of Cultural Organisations including MacRobert Arts Centre and Arts and Business, Scotland.
John’s career spans a wide range of industries and his CV includes well-known names such as Lloyds TSB and FirstGroup. Having qualified as a Chartered Banker, he went on to specialise in the field of human resources, heading up HR functions in the banking, professional services, passenger transport and oil & gas sectors. A Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and The Chartered Management Institute, John is a judge for the Family Friendly Working Scotland Flexible Business Awards. He has been Chair of The Scottish Tartans Authority since 2012 and is a member of The Scottish Register of Tartans Advisory Group. John is passionate about Scotland’s cultural heritage. He acted as Interim CEO at Museums Galleries Scotland from February 2018 to January 2019 and is a Director of the Braemar Highland Games Visitor Centre.
Diana has held global leadership roles in both Silicon Valley and Europe for companies including Skype, Microsoft, eBay, and Yahoo! She has expertise in developing a B2B and B2C research and insight for major brands to help inform product development and marketing strategies in both established and emerging markets.
Currently Director of Montador Consulting, Diana's clients include businesses such as Facebook and Skyscanner. Diana acts as a virtual board member for six businesses coming out of the University of Edinburgh. She also advises and mentors small businesses and startups.
is a senior management professional with nearly 20 years of consulting, industry and entrepreneurial experience across the UK, US and India. Her areas of focus are in formulating and evaluating strategies, shaping plans, developing business cases and taking the strategy through to execution. She has extensive experience in reviewing strategic programmes and recommending remediation actions where appropriate. Veena's current sector focus is Retail Banking in her current role as Client Delivery Director at FIS in Edinburgh; she has significant experience across financial services and the healthcare sector gained from her previous roles with Tesco Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Diamond Consultants and ZS Associates.
In between consulting and industry, Veena co-founded two social enterprise ventures in India focused on digital healthcare and affordable housing. She is the author of a collection of short stories and is currently working on her first novel.
Steph joined The Hunterian in 2017 and was previously Director of Heritage Collections at the University of Amsterdam. Steph is an experienced museum director and academic with over 25 years experience in the cultural sector. He is an art historian by background with an international reputation and extensive knowledge of museum collections. In The Netherlands, he worked for the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, for the National Institute for Conservation, at the National Museum of Antiquities and was in charge of the extensive and important collections and museums of the University of Amsterdam.
Steph’s major research interest is in museum ethics. In The Netherlands he was member and chair of several national committees, amongst them the one that designed the new deaccessioning guidelines for Dutch museums and that have been implemented in the Dutch law on Cultural Heritage in 2016. Currently he is a member of EthCom, the standing committee on professional ethics of the International Council of Museums.