The Scottish Arts Trust was set up in 2014 as the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust (charity number SC044753) to advance the arts in Scotland, to improve the accessibility to the arts and to encourage and assist in the development of up-and-coming artists, exhibitors and performers. It was developed by members of the Scottish Arts Club and while operating as an entirely separate body, it benefits from the active support of many Club members.
Charles C. Scott ARCST, BSc, DipTP, MIMechE, MICE (Chair of Trustees): Charlie was a consulting engineer with his own practice until his retirement in 1997. He was a member of the Glasgow Arts Club for 40 years and sponsored arts events at the Club over 10 years. He has been a member of the Saltire Society since 1983 and served on their council for a brief period. Since retiring he has continued involvement in the arts, serving on the council of the Scottish Arts Club from 2009 to 2013. He played a key role in the development of the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust which was established in 2014 and currently serves as Chair of the Trust
Rt. Hon. Lady Leeona Dorrian (Trustee): Leeona is the first female Lord Justice Clerk (second most senior judge in Scotland) and a Senator in the Supreme Court of Scotland. She was also the first female Advocate Depute (High Court prosecutor). Lady Dorrian was born in Edinburgh and became an advocate in 1981. She was appointed Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1994 and was called to the English Bar in 1991. In 2002 she assumed her first post as a Judge. During her free time she has a love for sailing and owns a 35' sailing boat on the West of Scotland where she enjoys visiting remote bays, spotting puffins and dolphins and hiding from strong winds.
Mhairi Kerr (Secretary): Mhairi qualified as a Solicitor and has many years experience in trust law. She has an LLB (Hons) from Edinburgh University and a masters degree - LLM (Legal Theory) from Aberdeen University. She tutored in various legal subjects at University level for 25 years. She has over 20 years experience as a volunteer in the charitable sector.
Hilary Mounfield OBE (Trustee): Most of Hilary’s career has been in the Third Sector working for a variety of charities in London and Scotland. She was Chief Executive of Epilepsy Scotland 1995-2005 and while in that role was elected Convenor of the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO), chaired the Joint Epilepsy Council of the UK and Ireland (JEC), Voluntary Health Scotland and the European Committee of the International Bureau for Epilepsy. She was awarded the OBE in 2005 for her work on behalf of people with epilepsy. Since retirement she has served as Convenor of the Dementia Services Development Trust and as Chair of Art in Healthcare.
Sara Cameron McBean (Trustee): Sara is an award-winning author for her novel “Natural Enemies” and a senior social development consultant. She has worked extensively with UNICEF, undertaking assignments in many countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Iraq and Colombia. Now based in Scotland she continues to work as a consultant with several UN agencies. She set up the Writer’s Group at the Scottish Arts Club, she is the Director of the Scottish Arts Trust Story Awards and Coordinator of the Scottish Portrait Awards. Sara dances with Prime, a semi-professional contemporary dance company with all performers over 60 years. Read more about her work at www.saracameron.org
Gordon Mitchell RSW RSA RGI (Trustee): Gordon was born in Edinburgh in 1952. He trained at Edinburgh College of Art where he completed his postgraduate studies in fine art. In 1997 he was elected to the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW). The following year he was elected member of the Scottish Academy and the Glasgow Institute. He has exhibited widely within Scotland and internationally with his most recent exhibition at the Portland Gallery in London (http://www.portlandgallery.com). He.is widely regarded as one of the finest contemporary draughtsmen and imaginary painters. His work is often admired for its humour as well as its technical brilliance. Gordon is the Director of the Scottish Portrait Awards.
Theresa Ingram (Hon. Treasurer): After graduating from Edinburgh University with a degree in Social Sciences, Theresa entered the Civil Service and trained with the Inland Revenue. When her children were still young she worked in Research in the Science Department of the Royal Scottish Museum before being persuaded to return to the accountancy world by her husband’s dynamic accountant. She specialised in taxation work and with a former colleague set up their own firm in 1996 specialising in both personal and small business clients. Now retired, she pursues an interest in history and encourages children to experience life in a Victorian schoolroom as a volunteer with the History of Education Centre. She is also determined to master the front crawl!
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