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Our Board Members

Our Board Members

Manus Fullerton - Chair

With wide ranging experience in private, public and voluntary sectors, Manus is well respected for his work in setting strategic direction, leading organisational change and promoting people development. Manus is a Non-Executive Director of Xi Engineering Consultants Ltd and a Non-Executive Advisor to the legal firm Harper Macleod LLP. Previously Manus was Chairman of Inquisitive Systems Ltd and a Member of the Board of VisitScotland. In recent years Manus has also served as Chair of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Director of Social Investment Scotland, a Council Member of CBI Scotland and the Vice Chair of BBC Children In Need Appeal Scotland. He has held several senior positions in Lloyds Banking Group, including Executive Director Lloyds TSB Scotland plc. He is a Fellow and a former Vice-President of the Chartered Bankers Institute.


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.


Bob Downie

In May 1998 Bob was asked to set up and manage the charitable trust that now owns, maintains, and operates the Royal Yacht Britannia as a five-star visitor attraction and venue for exclusive evening events.

In 2012 he was Vice Chair of the Scottish Tourism Leadership Group that developed the new tourism strategy for Scotland, and he wrote the vision statement, mirroring the approach he takes at Britannia: “A Destination of First Choice, for a High Quality, Value for Money, and Memorable Experience, Delivered by Skilled and Passionate People”.

Prior to joining Britannia, for thirteen years he worked for the Scottish Development Agency (SDA) and its successor Scottish Enterprise. This was primarily in property management and urban development roles, though for the last four years he was in charge of tourism for Edinburgh & Lothians. In this later role he was heavily involved in the regeneration of Edinburgh’s Old Town. He also Chaired the public sector’s involvement in the Tall Ships Race when it came to Edinburgh in 1995, and for three years he Chaired the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations.

He is a former Head Boy of Oban High School, and has a BA in Public Administration, and a MSc in Urban Development. Whilst at school he Captained the North of Scotland Senior Schools Rugby XV, and played representative rugby for Edinburgh District U18s, and Glasgow District U21s. He is also a Non Executive Board Member of Edinburgh College.


Diana Easley

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 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.  


Ruth Gill

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 based at Orkney and Shetland Colleges 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 past-Chair of the MLA International Scottish Studies Group and past-Director of HiArts. Donna is the author of a number of publications and gained her PhD in Renaissance Scots Literature from the University of Edinburgh. In June2013, 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.


Bill McDonald  

Bill McDonald is a member of the UK and Ireland Leadership Team in Accenture’s Operations, BPO business and is also the Managing Director of Scotland for Accenture. A qualified accountant (FCMA), Bill has specialised in Finance and Accounting Outsourcing in his 18 years with Accenture, 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 has been a Board Member on a number of Cultural Organisations including MacRobert Arts Centre and Arts and Business, Scotland.


John McLeish

With a business career spanning a wide range of industry sectors, John’s CV includes well-known names such as TSB, Lloyds TSB, Andersen and FirstGroup.  John is a Chartered Banker and qualified in this professional area before specialising in human resources, most recently working as a Vice President of HR within the oil and gas industry in Aberdeen.

John was one of the founding Trustees at Working Families and is a member of the Judging Panel for the Family Friendly Working Scotland Top Employer Awards.  He is a former Council Member of The Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland where he was awarded a Fellowship aged 32.

A Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and The Chartered Management Institute, John is currently Chair of The Scottish Tartans Authority and is a member of The Scottish Register of Tartans Advisory Group.


Dr Adele Patrick

Dr Adele Patrick studied at Glasgow School of Art (GSA) in the 1980s. She subsequently taught Gender, Art and Culture Studies in the Historical and Critical Studies Department at the GSA and gained a PhD in 2004 at the University of Stirling where her research explored the connections between feminism, class and ethnicity.

She has been involved in research and academic and community learning and teaching on gender for over 20 years. Adele co-founded the ground-breaking Scottish cultural organisation Women in Profile and subsequently Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) in 1991 and is currently the GWL’s Lifelong Learning and Creative Development Manager. Adele has had a key leadership role in the organisation which has grown from a grassroots project to a Recognised Collection of National Significance and is the sole accredited museum dedicated to women’s history in the UK. She has been active in a wide range of feminist and women’s projects, contributes to publications (she recently edited the book of the award-winning, 21 Revolutions project) and regularly speaks at national and international conferences.

Adele is the 2016 Evening Times’ Scotswoman of the Year.


Charles Sloan OBE

Charles Sloan, a graduate of Aberdeen University, completed 34 years’ service as an infantry officer in the British Army, starting his service in his local Regiment, The Gordon Highlanders. He was awarded an MBE whilst serving with 24 Airmobile Brigade and advanced to OBE as Chief of Staff of the Army Personnel Centre. With a lifelong passion for museums and a keen understanding of the issues affecting independent museums Charles is involved with a number of military museums and is currently Chair of the Gordon Highlanders Museum and Chairman of the Association of Scottish Military Museums. 


Published 02 August 2016