NMS - Key Persons


Adam Bruce

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor
  • Trustee
You are here Home > About us > Our organisation > Trustees > Adam Bruce Adam Bruce practised as a solicitor before moving to the energy sector. He currently works with a global renewable energy developer based in Dublin. He was the first Chair of the UK and Scottish Governments' Offshore Wind Programme Board, and is a former Chair of Renewable UK. Adam was appointed Unicorn Pursuivant in 2008 by the Lord Lyon King of Arms and in 2012 was promoted to Marchmont Herald. He is a Trustee of the St Andrews Fund for Scots Heraldry and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He sits on a number of advisory bodies, including the Development Board of Oxford University's Maths, Physics and Life Sciences Division. Adam became a Trustee of National Museums Scotland in April 2017 and his second term of appointment runs until March 2025. He lives in Edinburgh.

ADAM ROBERT BRUCE

Job Titles:
  • 11 TH EARL OF ELGIN
  • Director

AILEEN MARGARET LAMB

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • TOURISM MANAGER

ANDREW PETER WILLIAMSON - Managing Director, Secretary

Job Titles:
  • Company Secretary
  • MANAGING DIRECTOR

Angela Whitehead

Job Titles:
  • Directors' Secretary

Ann Allen

Job Titles:
  • Trustee
  • CEO of the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors
You are here Home > About us > Our organisation > Trustees > Ann Allen Ann Allen is the CEO of the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES). A Chartered Surveyor with over 35 years' experience, Ann has worked for such organisations as John Lewis; HBOS and UK Government. She was Executive Director of Estates and Commercial Services at the University of Glasgow to 2020. She has several non-executive roles; she is Chair of the Architecture Design Scotland Board; a member of the Scottish Futures Trust Board; and sits on the Water Commission for Scotland Board. She is Chair of the Scottish Board of Women in Property. Ann was awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Year Honours List for services to Higher Education and in February 2019 she received the Business Leadership Award at the Scottish Property Awards. She chairs the NMS Trustees' Estates Committee. Ann became a Trustee of National Museums Scotland in April 2017 and her second term of appointment runs until March 2025. She lives in York.

Dr Alice Blackwell

Alice is the Curator of Medieval Archaeology & History, with responsibility for the late medieval collections.

Dr Brian Lang

Job Titles:
  • Trustee
  • Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of St Andrews
You are here Home > About us > Our organisation > Trustees > Dr Brian Lang Dr Brian Lang was born in Edinburgh and educated at the Royal High School and the University of Edinburgh. He began his career as a social anthropologist, carrying out field research in Kenya and then lecturing for some years at Aarhus University, Denmark. Returning to the UK, he held a number of senior posts in conservation and heritage, including the Historic Buildings Council for Scotland, the National Heritage Memorial Fund, and the National Trust before a period as Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of the British Library from 1991 to 2000. Brian was appointed Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of St Andrews in 2001 and served for eight years. He was Deputy Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Chair of its committee for Scotland, from 2005 to 2011. He was Chair of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra from 2008 to 2015. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Brian was awarded a CBE in the 2016 Birthday Honours List for services to the Arts, Heritage and Education. He became a Trustee of National Museums Scotland in September 2014 and his second term of appointment runs until August 2022. He lives in Edinburgh.

Dr Catriona M.M. Macdonald

Job Titles:
  • Trustee
You are here Home > About us > Our organisation > Trustees > Dr Catriona Macdonald Dr Catriona Macdonald is a graduate of St Andrews, Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt universities, and is Reader in Late Modern Scottish History at the University of Glasgow. She is a former editor of the Scottish Historical Review, Director of the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies at the University of Glasgow, and President of the Scottish History Society. Her research interests focus on the socio-political and cultural history of modern Scotland, and her major publications include The Radical Thread and Whaur Extremes Meet (Saltire History Book of the Year, 2010), and the edited volumes Unionist Scotland and Scotland and the Great War. Catriona became a Trustee of National Museums Scotland in September 2014 and her second term of appointment runs until August 2022. She lives in Glasgow.

Dr Christopher Breward

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • Director Has Overall Responsibility for Implementing the Policy and Objectives of the Board of Trustees, and for Leadership to Staff and Volunteers

Dr Fraser Hunter

Job Titles:
  • Principal
Fraser Hunter is Principal Curator of Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology.

Dr Laura Young

Job Titles:
  • Trustee
You are here Home > About us > Our organisation > Trustees > Dr Laura Young Laura Young is now working as an executive coach, helping founders and CEOs develop their businesses and think strategically. She is a multi-award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of the children's mental health charity, Teapot Trust, which now operates in 15 NHS Health Boards across the UK. Based in East Lothian, Teapot Trust is dedicated to providing art therapy and art activities to children coping with long-term health conditions. She is a Guild Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; received an Honorary Doctorate from Queen Margaret University in 2015, and in 2016 was awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to children with health conditions. She is a Mental Health First Aider. Laura is currently studying for her Master's in Executive Coaching, with the Institute of Leadership Management. Laura began her career 30 years ago at the Science Museum, London, and remains an ardent supporter of museums and heritage crafts. She has a particular interest in how arts and culture contribute to health and a sense of wellbeing. She enjoys being a Trustee at Scotland's National Museum and the stewardship of its growing collections. Laura became a Trustee of National Museums Scotland in October 2018 and her term of appointment runs until September 2022. She lives in Gullane.

Dr Martin Goldberg

Job Titles:
  • Curator
Curator Dr Martin Goldberg joins Vikings writer and producer Michael Hirst to delve into the mysteries of the incredible Galloway Hoard.

Dr Matthew Knight

Matthew is a Senior Curator of Prehistory responsible for the Scottish Chalcolithic and Bronze Age collections. He is also responsible for the Scottish archaeological human remains collections.

Dr Qin Cao

Job Titles:
  • Curator of the Chinese
You are here Home > Collections and research > Collections departments > World Cultures department > Dr Qin Cao Dr Qin Cao is Curator of the Chinese collections, including those of the Himalayan and Mongolian regions, and the Korean peninsula. Dr Qin Cao is Curator of the Chinese collections, including those of the Himalayan and Mongolian regions, and the Korean peninsula. Qin studied Archaeology for her BA at Nanjing University and then her MA at University College London. She obtained a DPhil on the subject of Shang dynasty weapons from the University of Oxford in collaboration with the British Museum. Dr Cao has interned and worked at a number of heritage institutions, including the Bangkok office of UNESCO, Jinsha Site Museum, Chengdu, China and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. In 2012, she joined the British Museum as part of their Future Curators programme, and also worked at the Manchester Museum. Her primary interest is Chinese material culture, in particular bronzes of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, and numismatics.

Dr Sam Alberti

Job Titles:
  • Director of Collections Is Responsible for Curatorial Departments, Research Policy and Programmes, Collections Management and Conservation

Eilidh Wiseman

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor
  • Trustee
You are here Home > About us > Our organisation > Trustees > Eilidh Wiseman Eilidh Wiseman is a solicitor, specialising in the area of employment law. She brings over 20 years' experience of labour and employee relations together with guidance to HR departments on issues of employment law which impact on the day-to-day running and the strategic direction of organisations. She also has significant management experience in the professional services sector. Eilidh is a Past President of The Law Society of Scotland. She is a Member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland and is also a Legal Assessor to the Church of Scotland. Eilidh became a Trustee of National Museums Scotland in September 2014 and her second term of appointment runs until August 2022. She lives in Kivik, Sweden.

Evelyn Kochaj

Job Titles:
  • Directors' Secretary

Galloway Hoard

The Galloway Hoard brings together the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland. It is of international significance and will transform our understanding of this period of Scottish history.

GORDON CHARLES RINTOUL

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • MUSEUM DIRECTOR

Graeme Gibson

Job Titles:
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Trustee
  • Finance Director for Edinburgh Airport Limited
You are here Home > About us > Our organisation > Trustees > Graeme Gibson Graeme Gibson is currently the Finance Director for Edinburgh Airport Limited with particular focus on long-term financial planning and forecasting, financial control, risk, capital investment and governance. Graeme is a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) and member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He is also a Trustee for Scouts Scotland and an Edinburgh-based organisation The Welcoming, which provides services to migrants and refugees to learn English, find jobs and access local services. Graeme became a Trustee of National Museums Scotland in April 2021 and his term of appointment runs until March 2025. He lives in Edinburgh.

Helen Ireland

Job Titles:
  • Director of External Relations
The Director of External Relations is responsible for Marketing and Communications, Digital Media, Fundraising and our National and International Programmes.

Ian Russell - Chairman

Job Titles:
  • Chairman
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Ian Russell CBE - Chairman
You are here Home > About us > Our organisation > Trustees > Ian Russell Ian Russell is a Chartered Accountant and has held a number of senior finance roles in a variety of commercial organisations during his executive career. He was an executive Director of Scottish Power PLC for 12 years, initially as Finance Director and then as Chief Executive. Ian is now chair of HICL Infrastructure PLC and Scottish Futures Trust. Ian received a CBE in the 2006 New Year Honours List for services to young people and volunteering. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He became a Trustee of National Museums Scotland in October 2018 and was appointed as Chairman in August 2020. This term of appointment runs until July 2024. He lives in Edinburgh.

Ian Wall

Job Titles:
  • Professor
Professor Ian Wall brings decades of experience in property development/management and in Public Engagement in Science (PES). Before retiring he was CEO of The EDI Group responsible for many development projects, including Edinburgh Park. Ian has chaired two Committees on STEM education for the Scottish Government and was previously a member of the Heriot Watt University Court, Chair of WASPS and the Scottish Poetry Library, a non-executive director of SheIter, and visiting Professor of Architecture at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, in Aberdeen. Ian is currently Chair of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and of Newbattle Abbey College, a non-executive Director of Scotland's Regeneration Forum (SURF), Visiting Professor at Heriot Watt University and a Board Director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, the latter which he invented. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society Edinburgh and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Ian became a Trustee of National Museums Scotland in April 2021 and his term of appointment runs until March 2025. He lives in Edinburgh.

Jackie Forsyth

Job Titles:
  • Directors' Secretary

JANET MARY STEVENSON

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • RETIRED

Janet Stevenson

Job Titles:
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Trustee
You are here Home > About us > Our organisation > Trustees > Janet Stevenson Janet Stevenson (Jandy) is a Chartered Accountant and for twelve years until December 2016, specialised in the audit of charities.

Julie Brown

Job Titles:
  • Head of Corporate Policy and Performance
The Head of Corporate Policy and Performance provides an integrated approach to policy development, planning and performance management and reporting across National Museums Scotland. This post also provides information for decision making to the Trustees, Director and Executive Team, and manages the day-to-day relationship with the Scottish Government. The Corporate Support Unit provides secretarial and administrative support to the Director, Executive Team and Head of Corporate Policy and Performance.

KEITH PENTLAND - CFO

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
  • Director of Finance, Planning & ICT Is Responsible for the Finance Department, Information Knowledge Management, ICT and the Corporate Policy & Performance Department.

Lynda Logan

Job Titles:
  • Trustee
  • Chief Revenue Officer With Reorg Research
  • Member of the Global Scot Network
You are here Home > About us > Our organisation > Trustees > Lynda Logan Lynda Logan is chief revenue officer with Reorg Research in NYC, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company. She joined in September 2019, having served on the board for a year prior to this. Before Reorg, she spent almost 27 years with Wood Mackenzie in a variety of research, consulting and commercial roles in Edinburgh, Houston and NYC. Laterally, she was a member of the Wood Mackenzie leadership team and was an Executive Vice President running its global sales practice. She has lived in the US since 1998 and has been resident in Manhattan since 2004. Lynda is a member of the Global Scot Network and is actively involved in the arts. She was a board member of the New York Foundation for the Arts from 2011 to 2017. She joined the Development Board of National Museums Scotland in 2013. Lynda became a Trustee of National Museums Scotland in September 2014 and her second term of appointment runs until August 2022. She lives in New York.

Lynn Smith

Job Titles:
  • Director of People Is Responsible for HR Corporate Strategy, Workplace Planning and Organisational Development, Training and Development, Health and Safety, and Volunteers

Mary Bownes

Job Titles:
  • Trustee
  • Professor of Developmental Biology
Mary Bownes is a Professor of Developmental Biology and has retired as Senior Vice- Principal of the University of Edinburgh. Mary ran an active research team for many years and was Head of the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology becoming Senior Vice- Principal when she led on a variety of projects. She has served on national and international bodies relating to research, postgraduate education, widening access, sustainability and public engagement and has been actively engaged with National Museums Scotland over a number of years, especially during the Science Festival and in advising on the development of National Museum Scotland's new Science and Technology Galleries. Mary became a Trustee of National Museums Scotland in April 2017 and her second term of appointment runs until March 2025. She lives in Edinburgh.

Michael Hirst

Job Titles:
  • Vikings Writer and Producer

Motaram Mimi Brophy

Job Titles:
  • Trustee
  • Manager at Hollister
  • Motaram Mimi Brophy - Trustee
You are here Home > About us > Our organisation > Trustees > Motaram Mimi Brophy Motaram Mimi Brophy is a manager at Hollister, a large retail store on George Street in Edinburgh. Mimi specialises in merchandising, marketing and business development and holds a Master of Arts in History from the University of Aberdeen. As a young, mixed race woman she is excited to bring a fresh set of perspectives to the Board and is committed to the continued effort of diversifying and enriching the collections of museums, as well as reaching a wider audience. Mimi became a Trustee of National Museums Scotland in April 2021 and her term of appointment runs until March 2025. She lives in Edinburgh.

Netta Rough

Job Titles:
  • Directors' Secretary

Peter Williamson

Job Titles:
  • Director of Visitor Experience

ROBERT GORDON DRUMMOND

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • RETAIL MANAGER

Ruth Gill

Job Titles:
  • Director of Public Programmes Is Responsible for Content Development and Programming, Which Includes Exhibitions, Design, Displays, Technical Services and Learning & Programmes

STEPHEN THOMAS WHITELAW

Job Titles:
  • COMPANY DIRECTOR

Wendy Hamilton

Job Titles:
  • Personal Assistant to Director and Office Manager