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Board of Directors

The joint Board for Scottish Screen and the Scottish Arts Council is made up of:


Dr Richard Holloway (Chair) is Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Screen (remunerated) and a writer and broadcaster.  He is the author of 26 books, including Godless Morality, Doubts & Loves, and Looking in the Distance.  He was Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus (Archbishop) of the Scottish Episcopal Church until he stood down in 2000. He was Gresham Professor of Divinity in the City of London 1997-2001. He was a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from its inception in 1990 till 1997, and chaired its ethics committee.  He was a member of the Broadcasting Standards Commission from 2000-2003.  He became Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council in 2005.  A frequent broadcaster, he has presented a number of television series, including Holloway’s Road and The Sword and the Cross and also BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship book programme, Cover Stories.  He is in constant demand as a lecturer and after-dinner speaker.


Ray Macfarlane (Depute Chair) is Depute Chair of the Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Screen.  She was appointed to the Board of Scottish Screen in April 1997, re-appointed in April 2001 and appointed Chairman in September 2002.  Ray is a qualified solicitor and was formerly a Senior Director of HBOS plc, in a role which included the management of the Bank's extensive portfolio of Arts sponsorships. She has held several senior posts in economic development including that of Managing Director, Scottish Enterprise, where she had responsibility for all national and international operations. She is a Trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Honorary Co-Chair of BAFTA Scotland, Executive Director of the Scottish Housing Regulator (remunerated). Previous directorships include non-executive roles with St Mary's Music School, the Scottish Institute of Sport and BT Scotland.


Donald Emslie is a member of the Joint Board of the Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Screen and Chair of its Joint Audit Committee. He is a Non Executive Director of Scottish Water and Chairs their Remuneration Committee. Donald is also a Non Executive Director of Scottish Rugby Plc and Chairs CHMC Ltd which is his own hotel management company. He is an investor in a startup broadcast technology company Queuebay and is the Non Executive Chair of The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and The Royal Lyceum Theatre. He is the Former Acting Chief Executive of SMG plc, having been Chief Executive, SMG Television and a Director of SMG plc from 1999 to 2007.  He is the former non-executive Chairman of ITV Network Limited, and the Scottish Industry Skills Panel. He is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and The Royal Society of Arts. He was appointed a Director of Scottish Screen in July 2000.


Steve Grimmond is a member of the Joint Board of the Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Screen. He is the Executive Director for Housing and Communities at Fife Council, with current responsibilities spanning housing, culture, sport and leisure, environment and  community learning and development. Previously he has held posts at Aberdeenshire Council, before becoming Director of Arts and Heritage and then Director of Leisure and Arts at Dundee City Council. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and Science; a COSLA Adviser on Sport and the Arts; and an Executive member and former Chair of VOCAL (Voice of Chief Officers for Cultural, Community and Leisure Services in Scotland). He is a practising artist. 




Charles Lovatt is a member of the Joint Board of the Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Screen. Following a 20 year career leading an international technology trading company that he founded in 1985, he was appointed to the Board of Scottish Screen in 2005 and is Chair of the Investment Committee. His business interests include music publishing, and rights management - a Director of London-based Cacophony Music since 1986. He sits on the Board of Management of Elmwood College in Cupar and chairs the Audit Committee. He is a Trustee of The National Library of Scotland and also serves as Trustee for the Arts Trust of Scotland. Today, he writes and speaks on subjects of entrepreneurship, innovation, the protection and exploitation of digital rights and corporate governance.  


Barbara McKissack is a member of the Joint Board of the Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Screen. She is an independent producer, consultant and trainer working on a range of arts and creative industry projects as well as in television and feature films. Barbara has executive produced a range of television including Sea of Souls, Monarch of the Glen, Tinseltown, River City, England Expects and The Key as well as a number of feature films including Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar.   


Jim McSharry is a member of the Joint Board of the Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Screen. He began his artistic career as a performance poet in the 1980's working with Jim Kelman and was published in anthologies of radical poetry (Neruda press) and gravitated to the standup scene before becoming involved with Theatre Workshop Edinburgh and becoming part of the first inclusive mainstream theatre in Europe (supported by the Scottish Arts Council). He has been involved both as a performer in theatre and a director, and has been involved in screen writing as well as appearing in short films by Nabil Shaban, Alice Nelson Vocation and Maps with Gaps winner of the Scottish documentary prize 2007. Jim was a founding Director of the Centre for inclusive living Glasgow and has been involved in many initiatives both in the arts and social sectors concerning the positive inclusion of Disabled people and excluded groups and develops and delivers Disability Equality Training in the arts.



John Mulgrew OBE is a member of the Joint Board of the Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Screen. He was previously Chair of the Board of Learning and Teaching Scotland. John is a member of the Scottish European Education Trust, Project Scotland, on the Board of Scottish Opera and a Trustee of the Arts Trust of Scotland. He was formerly Executive Director of Education and Social Sciences in East Ayrshire Council and is past President of ADES. He has chaired and participated in many national reviews on creativity, teacher education, enterprise and modern foreign languages. John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He is particularly committed to leadership, inclusion and creativity in education. He was awarded an OBE for services to education.




Rab Noakes is a member of the Joint Board of the Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Screen. He is a highly-regarded performer, songwriter and recording artist. He is also professionally involved in media production. He was Head of Entertainment at BBC Radio Scotland from 1989–1995. He now runs Neon, a successful broadcast media and music production company, with his wife, Stephanie Pordage. He was appointed to the Scottish Arts Council in March 2005 and has recently been elected as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Musicians’ Union. He takes an active part in the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party group on Contemporary Music.



Ben Twist is a member of the Jiont Board of the Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Screen. He is a freelance theatre director and producer and consultant. He was Artistic Director of Contact Theatre, Manchester and Associate Director of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. He has directed theatre, music theatre and opera productions in Scotland, England, Europe, Latin and North America and New Zealand. Ben is a board member of Prime Productions and Hebrides Ensemble and an unremunerated trustee of The Theatres Trust. He joined the Capital Committee of the Scottish Arts Council in 1999. In 2003 he became Chair of the Capital (now Lottery) Committee. Ben is currently studying for an MSc in Carbon Management at the University of Edinburgh.

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