Media release: Scottish Government appoints new Creative Scotland board members


THE Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Ms Hyslop, today – Monday 23 September 2019 – announced the appointment of Duncan Cockburn, Philip Long, Sarah Munro and Stephanie Fraser as members of the board of Creative Scotland.

Chair of the Creative Scotland board, Robert Wilson, said: “I am delighted to welcome Duncan, Philip, Sarah and Stephanie to the Creative Scotland board. They bring impressive knowledge, expertise and extensive experience, particularly in the arts, which will be hugely beneficial in helping to strengthen Creative Scotland’s role in developing creative places, communities, people and activity.”

The appointments will be for four years and will run from 16 September 2019 to 15 September 2023.


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Duncan Cockburn is the director of Planning and Policy at the Robert Gordon University. He is currently the chair of Culture Aberdeen – the network of cultural organisations within the city and is responsible for the implementation of Aberdeen’s cultural strategy. Prior to this, he chaired a working group jointly established by Aberdeen City Council and the cultural sector to develop that cultural strategy. Duncan was the chair of the Look Again visual arts and design festival based in Aberdeen for its first four festivals between 2015 and 2018. He is also a board member of both Aberdeen Performing Arts and Sound.

Philip Long is director of V&A Dundee, responsible for the development and now operation of this new international design museum. Throughout his career, he has contributed to the development of many arts, education and academic organisations. Previously he was senior curator at National Galleries Scotland, with a specialisation in historical and contemporary Scottish and wider British art and design, producing numerous exhibitions and publications. He curated Scotland’s presence at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and was responsible for the UK presentation at the Milan Design Triennale in 2015. He is an honorary Professor of the University of Dundee and Honorary Research Fellow of St Andrews University, a member of British Council’s Advisory Committee for the Arts and Creative Economy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Sarah Munro is currently director of what is recognised as the UK’s largest contemporary art institution, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, in Gateshead. She is an inspiring and respected cultural leader with significant skills, knowledge and experience gained over 25 years working with artists, curators, writers, producers and the public. Previous roles include head of Arts, Glasgow Life; Artistic Director, Tramway and Director, Collective Gallery Edinburgh. She is currently chair of SCAN, the Scottish Contemporary Art Network, which provides a voice and advocacy for Scotland’s visual arts community.

Stephanie Fraser is chief executive of Bobath Scotland Cerebral Palsy Centre. She is also deputy chair of the Scottish Government’s National Neurological Advisory Group and a member of the Executive Committee of the Neurological Alliance of Scotland. She has previously been a trustee of Horsecross Arts in Perth and a Trustee of Dance House Glasgow. Having trained as a professional ballet dancer, Stephanie then read history at Trinity College, Cambridge. She became an account director at the advertising agency, J Walter Thompson, working on accounts such as Nestlé and De Beers. She returned to the dance world and re-trained as a Benesh choreologist and worked as company choreologist for English National Ballet before moving into the administrative side of the company as director of Development and then moving north to become Head of Development at Scottish Ballet.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit  Follow us @creativescots and

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