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Iain Munro

Iain Munro - Co-Director of Arts/Head of Lottery

Iain Munro is an Honours graduate in Economics and Surveying from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. His early career in the construction industry saw him work as a Surveyor in private practice for a number of leading firms in the UK.

Personal interests in the arts increasingly led to work as a specialist on cultural developments in the UK and abroad before joining the Scottish Arts Council as a Lottery Project Officer in 1996. This led on to a position as Lottery Monitoring Manager in 1998.  He became Head of Capital in 2001.

Iain is an Associate of the Institute of Management Consultants and Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce.

Helen Bennett

Dr Helen Bennett MBE - Head of Creative Industries

Originally trained as a museum curator, since 1987 Helen has been concerned with creating opportunities for artistic and economic development for today’s craftspeople. She has worked with a range of agencies in the UK and internationally, joining the Scottish Arts Council as Head of Crafts in 1993.

She holds a doctorate from Edinburgh University for a study of the Scottish handknitting industry, was a Governor of Edinburgh College of Art for 9 years, and between 2000-2006 served as a member of the Board of World Crafts Council and Vice-President of World Crafts Council-Europe.

Anita Clark

Anita Clark - Head of Dance

Having received her initial dance training in Scotland, Anita went on to study at London College of Dance graduating with a BA(hons) in Dance and Related Arts. Over the past 12 years she has developed a career in dance throughout Scotland and the UK including positions as Education Officer for Birmingham Royal Ballet, Dance Artist in Residence for North Ayrshire Council, Dance Co-ordinator for Glasgow City Council and a other freelance work including teaching and project management.

In 2001 Anita was appointed as the first Artistic Director of citymoves dancespace in Aberdeen.  She led its strategic development from a local community dance project into the regional dance agency for the North East of Scotland.

Anita joined the Scottish Arts Council as Head of Dance in 2004.


David Taylor

David Taylor - Head of Drama/Co-Director of Arts

David Taylor is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh in Philosophy and English Literature. His career has included four and a half years in-house management at the University of Warwick Arts Centre, and Eden Court Theatre.

He was Administrator of Cumbernauld Theatre in the 1980s, before moving to the Tron Theatre, Glasgow as General Manager. He has been a Director, and Secretary of the Federation of Scottish Theatre, and has undertaken training in Fundraising, Producing, Planning and Management. He served for 6 years as a member of the Scottish Arts Council Combined Arts Committee prior to joining the Scottish Arts Council as Director of Drama and Dance in 1996. He acted as Group Director of Performing Arts from 1997 to 2000. David has been Co-Director of Arts since March 2007.

Joan Parr

Joan Parr - Head of Education

Joan graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA honours degree in history which included art history. She worked in London, then abroad for 10 years and her jobs included posts in embassies in West Africa and the Middle East as well as a year in Mumbai and the Punjab.

On her return to Scotland with 3 young children she passed her PGCE (primary) at Northern College, Dundee and is a member of the GTC. She has worked as education officer at the National Galleries of Scotland, was the first education officer at Edinburgh Castle and then education officer for heritage, visual and performing arts at Falkirk Council. She joined the Scottish Arts Council in 2004 as Education Officer before taking up her current post in January 2005.

Dr Gavin Wallace

Dr Gavin Wallace - Head of Literature

Gavin joined the Scottish Arts Council in 1997 as a Literature Officer before taking up his current post in 2002. He is a graduate and postgraduate, in English and Scottish Literature, of the University of Edinburgh.

He has been active in many aspects of Scottish literature and culture as a teacher, lecturer, critic, journalist, editor, and broadcaster at home and abroad, and was an Associate Lecturer in Literature and the Humanities at the Open University in Scotland from 1991-2001. He has co-edited critical works on Scottish Fiction and Theatre, and was a co-editor of the journal Edinburgh Review.

Ian Smith

Ian Smith- Head of Music

Ian Smith has a strong musical background, most recently representing the Musician’s Union in Scotland.  For the last 12 years Ian has been the Scotland and Northern Ireland Regional Organiser for the Musicians’ Union and has also held the UK position of Folk, Roots & Traditional Music Section Organiser.

He was previously a musician with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) as Co-Principal horn. Ian joined the Scottish Arts Council as Head of Music in June 2005.

Amanda Catto

Amanda Catto - Head of Visual Arts

Amanda has an MA in Art History from St Andrews University and has worked in the arts since 1988.

She worked in the Visual Arts Department as Officer with responsibility for artists’ support from 1995 to 2000 when she became Head of Department.

Fruitmarket bookshop exterior; Photo: Michael Wolchover
The WASPS studio in Glasgow; Photo: Michael Wolchover
Sighthill Carnival 2004 Glasgow; Photo: Douglas Robertson
Age of Creativity: An Tuireann; Photo: Graham McIver
Age of Creativity: An Tuireann; Photo: Graham McIver
Age of Creativity: An Tuireann; Photo: Graham McIver
Lighting gantry; Photo: Michael Wolchover
Age of Creativity; Photo: Graham McIver
Young woman posing
Dancebase in Edinburgh; Photo: Michael Wolchover
Age of Creativity; Photo: Graham McIver
WASPS studio space prop; Photo: Michael Wolchover
Hidden gardens NVA; Photo: Renzo Mazzolini
Fireworks; Photo: Renzo Mazzolini
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