Recognition Committee Members
Ray Macfarlane - Chairperson
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 she is now Deputy Chairman of the National Galleries of Scotland, a Member of the Scottish Legal Aid Board, a Trustee of the Energy Saving Trust, a Non-Executive Director of the Home Group and Chair of Home Scotland. She served two terms as Chairman of Scottish Screen and was Deputy Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council and of the Joint Board set up to oversee the establishment of Creative Scotland.
Kenneth Wardop - Deputy Chair
Kenneth Wardrop has expertise in economic, tourism and destination development alongside brand management, place marketing, and events operations. Kenneth manages his own tourism consultancy business. Previously he was Chief Executive of the Destination Edinburgh Marketing Alliance raising the global profile of Edinburgh as a place in which to invest, visit, live, work and study. Kenneth was previously a Director of Edinburgh Convention Bureau. He is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Marketing, Tourism, and Languages and an Associate of the Edinburgh Institute at Edinburgh Napier University. Kenneth is also a member of the Board of Scottish Autism.
Kirsty Lingstadt works at RCAHMS where she is responsible for collections and data. This involves the development of data standards, development of the database - Canmore and data projects as well as cataloguing systems and programmes, management of stores, conservation, access to the collections and the public service. She previously worked for South Lanarkshire Council Museums, the Scottish Mining Museum and Fife Council Museums Service. Within all these organisations she undertook a wide range of tasks managing collections, researching and arranging exhibition programmes and associated activities across a wide range of venues as well as running community outreach programmes.Prior to this Kirsty completed a MA (Hons) in Scottish Historical Studies at the University of Edinburgh followed by a Masters in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. She is an Associate member of the Museums Association and mentor on this scheme. In addition she is the voluntary Secretary for the Business Archives Council and a member of the Board of the Scottish Mining Museum Collections Trust.
Wendy Turner has worked at the National Museums Scotland for twenty-five years in a number of different roles. Most recently she was Head of the Collections Services department which has responsibility for conservation services, collections care and storage, loans in and out, documentation and digitisation. She has overseen major projects including the creation of new storage facilities at the National Museums Collections Centre; and the de-installation of 1 million stored and displayed Collections for the Royal Museum Project (RMP).
She began her museum career as an Assistant Curator at the Black Country Museum in the West Midlands. This was followed by work for the Scottish Museums Council (now MGS) on the Industrial Heritage Scotland Project and the Conservation Services Survey. She was a founder member of the team that established the original SPECTRUM standard working with MDA (now Collections Trust). She is Curatorial Adviser for Linlithgow Heritage Trust. She has a Masters in Museum Studies from Leicester University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Studies from Napier University.
Ann Millar is an Assistant Director in Research and Innovation at the Scottish Funding Council for Further and Higher Education (SFC) where she has worked since 2004. She has extensive policy development and implementation experience in the fields of research, innovation and knowledge exchange and has in-depth knowledge of the Scottish academic research base. Her current work involves an evaluation of a large thematic group of SFC’s strategic investments, implementing a new online outcome reporting system for SFC’s investments and supporting the development of the Scottish Graduate Schools for the arts and humanities and the social sciences both of which involve large collaborations of Scottish universities.
Ann joined SFC from the Scottish Government, where she held the post of Deputy Chief Researcher. She worked there in a wide range of social policy contexts, undertaking policy research and evaluation studies, managing large-scale and complex programmes of research and translating the outputs of research for use throughout policy process.
Ann is an academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and was a member of the UK Economic and Social Research Council’s Strategic Research Board from 2004-08.
Isabelle Jacobsen has widespread experience in the banking, marketing and retail sectors, including in the fashion industry having worked for established trading companies in the private sector, with a particular knowledge and expertise in product design and development. She joined the civil service in 1995 and has worked since then for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the then Scottish Office and currently the Scottish Government in cultural policy.
She is an Honours graduate in Marketing and Human Resources (Stirling University) and Postgraduate in Counselling (Edinburgh University). Passionate about the Arts, she developed an interest in, and knowledge of, French, South American and Russian painting, while living in South America for many years. She has also studied silversmithing at the University of Edinburgh on a part-time basis.
Jon Oberlander holds a Chair in Epistemics in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He has a BA in Philosophy from Cambridge, UK (1983), and a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh (1987), and has been an EPSRC Advanced Fellow at the ESRC Human Communication Research Centre. He was founder-Director of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance, the £29m research pooling initiative bringing together leading researchers from all institutions across Scotland. Having also led SICSA's initiative on Smart Tourism, he is now Director of the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation, and Co-Director of Edinburgh’s Centre for Design Informatics. From 2009 to 2014, he was Academic Director of Inspace, an instrumented living lab, designed to help explore the cultural significance of informatics and new media practice, and he is a current member of the Scottish Science Advisory Council. A member of the Steering Group of the Centre for Cultural Relations, he joined the Recognition Committee in 2015. His research lies at the intersection of computational linguistics and cognitive science, and aims at getting computers to talk (and write) like individual people. He has a long-standing interest in personalisation via natural language generation, particularly in the field of cultural heritage. This has led to work on context-sensitive interpretation and navigation in both virtual and physical museums, and most recently to projects focusing on human-robot interaction. He has led numerous UK and EU research projects, and published around 130 academic papers.
Elsa Cox has worked in the museum sector for more than ten years. She is currently a senior curator at the National Museum of Scotland. She cares for the technology collection which comprises civil and mechanical engineering, industries such as textiles and mining, office and domestic technology and her particular specialism which is the energy collection. This includes everything from eighteenth century steam engines to cutting edge renewable energy technologies. Research interests include energy technology and the politics and sociology of technology. She is currently leading on the development of a new energy gallery at NMS as part of a major capital project due to open in 2016. Elsa sits on the steering committee for the Scottish Transport and Industry Collections Knowledge network (STICK) and the South Georgia Cultural Heritage Committee. She is also a member of the council of Newcomen: the international society for the history of engineering and technology.
Stephen Jackson is Senior Curator, Furniture & Woodwork at National Museums Scotland. He has worked in museums for over twenty years, in national, local authority and university sectors, curating decorative art, design and social history collections. He was involved in the redevelopment of the National Museum of Scotland from the masterplanning stage to the recent opening of the new Art and Design galleries. His publications range from the 16th to the 20th centuries with a particular focus on Scottish cabinet making. Stephen served on the Collections Advisory Panel of the National Trust for Scotland between 2007 and 2012.
Sally Tuckett is lecturer in dress and textile histories at the University of Glasgow. Her research has focused on the clothing and textile cultures of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Scotland, working closely with museum and archive collections. She was the project researcher on Colouring the Nation: The Turkey Red Printed Cotton Industry in Scotland, a collaborative project between National Museums Scotland and the University of Edinburgh. She has published on national identity and dress in the eighteenth century, and Scottish textile cultures including Ayrshire whitework and tartan.
Alison Stevenson is Head of Learning Resources at The Glasgow School of Art, a role that encompasses the Library, Learning Technology, Archives and Collections. She is also Chair of SCURL (Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries) and a Board Member for SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries). Born and raised in Edinburgh, she spent the nine years prior to starting at the Glasgow School of Art, in January 2013, living in New Zealand. There she worked first as the Director of Te Puhikotuhi o Aotearoa (the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre) and latterly as Associate Director of the Library at Victoria University of Wellington.