Find out more about each of our Trustees below.

Ruth Wishart

Chair of Trustees, Ruth is a journalist and broadcaster. She is on the board of Creative Scotland, and has previously been a Trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland, a Governor of Glasgow School of Art, a member of the Scottish Advisory Committee of the British Council and of the council of the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art.

Sir Brian McMaster

Brian is a former director of the Edinburgh International Festival (1989-2006). He has also held a number of high profile jobs within the arts including director of Welsh National Opera. He is involved in judging a number of international arts competitions including Cardiff Singer of the Year.

Richard Chester

Richard is former Principal Flute of the Scottish National Orchestra and Director of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland. He has acted as Chairman of the World Federation of Amateur Orchestras, European Federation of National Youth Orchestras, St Mary's Music School Edinburgh and the Scottish Arts Council Music Committee. He is a Trustee of the Edinburgh Quartet Trust, Lochaber Music School Trust and the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust. Richard also acts as an Adjudicator for music festivals, conservatoires and schools.

Polly Rewt

Polly is an American-born academic with a profound knowledge of the arts whose work with the Open University has assisted many hundreds of students to realise their ambitions across a wide field of endeavour.

Lesley Thomson

Lesley is a Governor of the Glasgow School of Art and is on the board of Horsecross (Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre). She has served on the boards of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and The Arches. Lesley is a Managing Director of the Spreng Thomson consultancy.

Jill Miller

Jill is the Director of Cultural Services for Culture and Sport Glasgow. Jill is a graduate from the Scottish College of Textiles and has led a wide range of work with people in both the voluntary and the public sectors, primarily in the arts with the aim of engaging, exploring, learning and celebrating.

Nicola Catterall

Nicola has been Chief Operating Officer of the National Galleries of Scotland since August 2007. She has over 20 years of senior operational and financial management experience. Nicola has a long-standing interest in the visual arts with a particular passion for sculpture, sculpture parks and land art. An occasional amateur dabbler, she is a keen collector of prints and sculpture. Nicola also enjoys wine and has a stake in a now thriving English vineyard.

Andy Arnold

Andy started his theatre directing career when he was appointed to the post of Director of Theatre Workshop Edinburgh in the early 1980s. He then went on to become Director of the Bloomsbury Theatre London before returning to Scotland and establishing The Arches - transforming it over a seventeen year period from a derelict space into a leading international theatre and arts centre. In 2008 Andy moved to his present position as Artistic Director of The Tron Theatre, Glasgow. He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Strathclyde University.

Anne Neilson

Anne has been involved with traditional music for over 50 years. Originally a secondary school teacher, she has been a tutor on the Scottish Music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland almost since its inception.

Jean Sangster

Jean is Head of Voice and the Centre for Voice in Performance in the School of Drama, Dance, Production and Screen at the Royal Conservative of Scotland. Jean has particular responsibilities on the BA and MA Musical Theatre and BA Acting Programmes. A music graduate of the RCS, for many years Jean taught music at Douglas Academy, singing at the Dance School of Scotland (Musical Theatre) and piano in the Junior School at the RCS. Jean is an accredited teacher of Nadine George Technique and an advocate of Scots Language.

The trustees are assisted in their work by specialist assessors and mentors.


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Any artist who is under the age of 30 and living or working in Scotland can be nominated.