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Board members at the Scottish Arts Council

The board of the Scottish Arts Council is part of a Joint Board with Scottish Screen.  The joint board is appointed by, and is accountable to, Scottish Ministers and will assist in managing the change within the transition period from the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen to the new body Creative Scotland.  This will include assisting in developing a merger plan and monitoring the two organisations through this important time.

With regard to the Scottish Arts Council directly, it has collective responsibility for making sure that the organisation:      

  • Fulfils its aims as set out in the Royal Charter
  • Uses its resources properly to ensure that they represent an appropriate and effective use of public funds

    The board provides leadership, direction, support and guidance for the Scottish Arts Council as a whole. It makes sure that there is continuity of direction and management and promotes commitment to its core values, policies and objectives.

    Responsibilities of the Board

    Responsibilities of the Board

  • determining the mission, aims and objectives of the Scottish Arts Council
  • developing and reviewing key strategic and planning documents, including the Corporate Plan
  • developing and reviewing performance targets, monitoring progress and taking corrective action where required
  • monitoring the Scottish Arts Council’s financial position against budget allocations and key financial targets and taking corrective action where required
  • approving the annual report and accounts
  • approving key policies and policy documents
  • approving high value, novel or contentious expenditure proposals to be submitted to the Scottish Government for approval
  • ensuring that the Scottish Arts Council operates in an open, accountable and responsive way, taking the needs and views of customers and stakeholders into account
  • representing the Scottish Arts Council externally
  • making recommendations to the Minister for Tourism Culture and Sport, where appropriate, on the appointment of the Chief Executive.

    Joint board members

  • In Joint board
    *Joint board members
    * Ethical Standards in Public Life
    Books in Fruitmarket bookshop. Photo: Michael Wolchover
    Indepen-dance company dancers; Photo: Brian Hartle
    Poetry Boat arrives at StAnza; Photo: Claire Maynard
    Belinda Guidi Exhibition at the CCA; Photo: Alan McAteer
    Age of Creativity: An Tuireann; Photo: Graham McIver
    Glasgow lighting project by NVA; Photo: Andrew Leitch
    Dancebase in Edinburgh; Photo: Michael Wolchover
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