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Our Board Members

Our Board Members

Rhona Arthur

Rhona Arthur is currently Interim Head of Connected Communities at North Ayrshire Council, with strategic responsibility for Community Empowerment and Asset Transfer, Community Learning and Development, Community Planning Partnership, Community Facilities, Active Schools, Information and Culture Sports and Activity. 

She was Senior Manager (Information and Culture) at North Ayrshire Council from 2012 with responsibility for the heritage service and two museums, as well as working with community heritage groups. A career librarian, Rhona has an in-depth knowledge of cultural services and considerable experience of working with local authorities, other organisations, and with individuals in her previous role as Assistant Director with SLIC. Rhona is on the Board of the Scottish Football Museum, an External Examiner with the Robert Gordon University and has held a number of other voluntary roles including mentor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Trish Caimbeul Botten

Trish has recently finished working as Principal Officer, Cultural and Information Services, for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) – working on the transformation of Museum nan Eilean as part of the HLF Lews Castle Project. Working closely with the local Comain Eachdraidh, Education, Arts and Tourism - the project has explored the concept of what it means to be a Gaelic essence 21st century heritage service.

Trish brings nearly 40 years of experience of working in a local government context developing library, museum, archives and archaeology services and keeping their profile high in challenging economic times. She has also worked at national and regional level as Youth and Schools Adviser at the Library Association (now CILIP) and Learning and Skills Manager at MLA South East.

Her career has always been about embedding cultural services at the heart of communities and working in external partnerships to develop national policies for the sector, and literacy and learning products to engage new audiences.

Mary Jane Brouwers

Mary Jane has worked in equity investments since 1997 when she joined the team that became Bank of Scotland Growth Equity, managing a portfolio of companies ranging from SME to FTSE.

While working at Bank of Scotland Mary Jane was a director of First Welsh General Investment Trust Limited, a bank subsidiary. Subsequently she worked as an Investment Manager for the Scottish Investment Bank for two years before joining Archangels, Scotland’s most successful business angel group, as an Investment Executive in 2010. At Archangels she was responsible for reviewing new investment proposals as well as the active portfolio management of investee companies.

Mary Jane was appointed to the board of Edinburgh Instruments Limited in 2010 as the Scottish Enterprise investor director and played an active role in developing the commercial focus of the company, which resulted in significantly increased sales and profitability and subsequently the sale of the business to Hong Kong-based Techcomp Holdings Limited. She also served as Independent Director on the board of LINC Scotland, the national association for business angels in Scotland from 2013-2018.

Mary Jane has been a non-executive director for the University of Glasgow investment subsidiary, GU Holdings Limited, since 2016 and in 2108 was appointed as Independent Director on the board of Cyan Forensics Limited, an early-stage cyber security company.

Mary Jane is a Chartered Management Accountant and served as Regional Secretary on the board of CIMA Scotland from 2009-2011. Prior to 1997 Mary Jane worked as a management accountant for various blue-chip corporates in the UK and Continental Europe.

Patricia Convery

Patsy has worked in the museums and galleries sector within national organisations in Scotland for the last 20 years and is currently Head of Marketing and Communications at National Museums Scotland. She is responsible for managing all the organisation’s marketing and PR activity such as the promotion of exhibitions, research programmes and acquisitions as well as driving footfall to each of the museums in their portfolio; the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian, the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride and the National War Museum at Edinburgh Castle.

She was previously at the National Galleries of Scotland as Acting Director of Audience Development where she worked on several key fundraising campaigns to acquire major works of art for the nation including the Landseer painting, Monarch of the Glen, and the pair of Titians, Diana and Actaeon and Diana and Callisto which are shared between the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery, London. She has also worked on major capital projects such as the redevelopment of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

After serving on the Board of the Edinburgh Art Festival for 8 years, Patsy will step down in February 2022.

Nkechinyere Edith Dinkpa

Nkechinyere Edith Dinkpa is a qualified member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She obtained her MSc in Financial management from Robert Gordon University.

She currently works with the capital team of National Health Service (NHS) Scotland and manages some of their capital projects. Prior to this, she worked in academia for 6 years. She lectured at Aberdeen Business School Robert Gordon University (ABS RGU) and International College Robert Gordon University (ICRGU) and was responsible for some accounting and finance modules.

Additionally, she has worked with a number of charities finance departments, both as a paid staff member and volunteer, supporting the preparation of their annual accounts including Fountain of Love.

Internationally, Nkechinyere Edith worked in the banking sector with the United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA) in the local corporate unit of one of the Lagos Island branches. She was involved with risk assessment, Forex among others.

Nkechinyere Edith is currently a doctoral researcher at the Robert Gordon University Aberdeen. She is examining the corporate governance and environmental disclosure nexus.

Nkechinyere Edith joined the Board of MGS on 1st January 2022 and brings with her a strong expertise in financial reporting, risk assessment, risk management, corporate governance and sustainability.

Ruth Gill

Ruth Gill is Director of Public Programmes at National Museums Scotland leading on audience development, public engagement and content generation for over 3 million visitors and 2.4 million digital visitors each year.  

She is also Project Director for content-led Masterplan work currently devising a Masterplan for built, natural and collected heritage at the National Museum of Flight. Previously she delivered the Masterplan project at the National Museum of Scotland in 2019, leading £18m of investment and creating 13 new galleries with associated programmes.

Previously Ruth was at Historic Royal Palaces, where she led the Interpretation team, placing innovative storytelling at the heart of the visitor experience. Project examples include All the King’s Fools at Hampton Court Palace and the representation of Kensington Palace in 2012.

Susan Jamieson

Susan qualified in the USA as a Certified Public Accountant and has an extensive background in risk management, regulatory compliance and audit. Prior to her retirement from a career in financial services in 2020, she spent 11 years at Virgin Money where she served as a member of the leadership team during the period that the firm established itself as a challenger bank and successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Susan has expertise in financial reporting, corporate governance and planning and delivering strategic and transformational change. In the UK, she specialised in banking and investment management and has held roles at Standard Life, Britannic Group and Britannia Building Society.  Susan also has 15 years’ experience as an external auditor in the USA.

Ray Macfarlane - Chair

Ray Macfarlane graduated MA, LLB, MBA from the University of Glasgow and began her career as a solicitor in private practice. A former Senior Director of HBOS plc and Managing Director of Scottish Enterprise, Ray is now Chair of the Scottish Legal Aid Board. She has held a variety of non-executive posts in the public and private sectors and was formerly a Trustee and Deputy Chair of the National Galleries of Scotland, Chair of Scottish Screen and Deputy Chair of the Scottish Arts Council. For the past 7 years she has served as Chair of Scotland’s Recognition Scheme, which celebrates, promotes and invests in Scotland’s Nationally Significant Collections. Ray is Deputy Chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and is Chair of the Scotland Committee.

John McLeish

John is Chief Executive at The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen.  His career spans a wide range of industries with a CV that includes well-known names such as Lloyds TSB and FirstGroup. Having qualified as a Chartered Banker, he went on to specialise in the field of human resources, heading up HR functions in the banking, professional services, passenger transport and oil & gas sectors. A Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and The Chartered Management Institute, John has been Chair of The Scottish Tartans Authority since 2012 and is a member of The Scottish Register of Tartans Advisory Group as well as being a Director of the Braemar Highland Games Centre.  John is passionate about Scotland’s cultural heritage and for the year to February 2019 was Interim CEO at Museums Galleries Scotland.

Diana Montador

Diana has held global leadership roles in both Silicon Valley and Europe for companies including Skype, Microsoft, eBay, and Yahoo!  She has expertise in developing a B2B and B2C research and insight for major brands to help inform product development and marketing strategies in both established and emerging markets. 

Currently Director of Montador Consulting, Diana's clients include businesses such as Facebook and Skyscanner. Diana acts as a virtual board member for six businesses coming out of the University of Edinburgh.  She also advises and mentors small businesses and startups. 

Matthew Bellhouse Moran

Matthew started in museums in a front of house role while studying for a postgraduate degree. With brief stints at a former local authority museum, the South Georgia Museum in the South Atlantic, and plenty of voluntary work in between, he was Curator for the Scottish Maritime Museum caring for Scotland’s national maritime collection before being appointed Museum Manager at HMS Unicorn in 2021 to guide the organisation through Accreditation and advocate for Scotland’s oldest ship.

Matthew is currently the Chair of the subject specialist network STICK (Scottish Transport and Industry Collections Knowledge Network) helping to connect collections and their custodians, a Museum Association Representative for Scotland, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries Scotland.

Matthew’s previous roles have seen him focus on collections care and management and the oversight of several capital grants relating to collections interpretation, as well as advocating for the importance of Scotland’s industrial and transport collections and the living connections they have with Scots today.

Veena Muthuraman

is a senior management professional with nearly 20 years of consulting, industry and entrepreneurial experience across the UK, US and India. Her areas of focus are in formulating and evaluating strategies, shaping plans, developing business cases and taking the strategy through to execution. She has extensive experience in reviewing strategic programmes and recommending remediation actions where appropriate. Veena's current sector focus is Retail Banking in her current role as Client Delivery Director at FIS in Edinburgh; she has significant experience  across financial services and the healthcare sector gained from her previous roles with Tesco Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Diamond Consultants and ZS Associates.

In between consulting and industry, Veena co-founded two social enterprise ventures in India focused on digital healthcare and affordable housing. She is the author of a collection of short stories and is currently working on her first novel.

Stuart Robertson

Stuart is Chief Information Security Officer at Phoenix Group, a FTSE 100 business entrusted to look after the pension savings of over 14m customers.

Before joining Phoenix Stuart worked for other FTSE 100 financial services firms in both the UK and North America and held several senior leadership roles in Technology and Corporate Governance focused functions.

In addition to an MBA Stuart also holds professional qualifications in both Information Security and IT Audit. His main areas of expertise are in Technology, Information Security and the delivery of complex change programmes

Steph Scholten

Steph joined The Hunterian in 2017 and was previously Director of Heritage Collections at the University of Amsterdam. Steph is an experienced museum director and academic with over 25 years experience in the cultural sector. He is an art historian by background with an international reputation and extensive knowledge of museum collections. In The Netherlands, he worked for the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, for the National Institute for Conservation, at the National Museum of Antiquities and was in charge of the extensive and important collections and museums of the University of Amsterdam. 

Steph’s major research interest is in museum ethics. In The Netherlands he was member and chair of several national committees, amongst them the one that designed the new deaccessioning guidelines for Dutch museums and that have been implemented in the Dutch law on Cultural Heritage in 2016. Currently he is a member of EthCom, the standing committee on professional ethics of the International Council of Museums.

Published 07 January 2019