Atlas Arts




ATLAS board of directors

ATLAS Arts is currently recruiting for a new Chair. If you are interested in this role, email ainslie@atlasarts.org.uk to discuss further.

Please meet our current board who have a broad range of skills and expertise.

Acting Chair: Sue Pirnie

Photo of Sue PirnieSue Pirnie has covered many roles in the arts, including teacher and advisory teacher to Tate Britain; Highland Council arts officer, curating and managing galleries, public art and regeneration, residencies; visual arts officer at the Scottish Arts Council. As a freelance arts specialist, she works with agencies and organisations on research and development in the arts and museums sectors across Scotland, and contributes to several boards and awards panels. Sue is a member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art and other Scottish and UK professional bodies.

Steven Haddow

steven-haddow-website-profileBorn and raised in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Steven Haddow studied Accountancy and Business Studies at Dundee College before joining the NHS in 1987.

He has worked for a number of NHS organisations, across several roles, encompassing payroll, general administration, human resources, training and development. He managed NHS Scotland’s Graduate Management Training Scheme for several years before moving to the Scottish Government Health Department.

During his five years at the Health Department, Steven led the introduction of a number of policy initiatives, including promoting lifelong learning for NHS staff by coordinating the creation of over twenty learndirect branded centres in collaboration with the Scottish University for Industry.

Steven oversaw the introduction of appraisal training for 3,000 of Scotland’s most senior doctors and was involved in the negotiation of new terms and conditions for consultants in 2004. He currently works as a senior manager in NHS Lothian’s HR department, with responsibility for managing the contracts of all senior medical and dental staff.

Steven has previously been a non-executive director for Lothian Gay and Lesbian Switchboard.

Outside work, Steven’s interests include visiting art galleries and attending the theatre as well as cooking, reading, listening to music and travel. He is a qualified TEFL teacher and once taught trainee Buddhist monks in Laos. Most recently, Steven qualified as a sports and remedial massage therapist.

Donald Macfarlane Hyslop

Donald Macfarlane Hyslop is an Urbanist and Head of Regeneration and Community for Tate Galleries, a role he has variously combined with being Chair of M7 Global Food Markets Alliance, Chair of Borough Market and Chair of Better Bankside Business Improvement District, one of the founding British BIDs. He also undertakes a portfolio of advisory work, including for the British Council, UK Trade, CABE, the Design Council and a range of private clients. Donald’s work has been at the forefront of exploring the role culture, architecture, food and museums can play in the regeneration, place-making, economic and social development of cities and communities. He lectures and teaches widely on cultural and business policy, urban renewal, food markets, community empowerment and creative cities.

Anna Jobson

Photograph of Anna Jobson looking at the camera with a bookshelf behind her.Anna Jobson has worked in the arts and cultural sector for two decades and is a specialist in strategy and policy development, and change management.

An initial career in the UK museums sector included over a decade at Tate, where Anna joined as part of the team that delivered Tate Modern and was promoted to Head of the Director’s Office, holding responsibility for planning, policy, governance and external relations. In 2007 she joined Arts Council England as Director, Strategy, where she designed and delivered a two-year programme of research and policy development behind ACE’s first-ever ten-year strategic framework. In 2011, she was seconded to the role of Programme Director, Organisation Development, leading the integration of museums and libraries into ACE’s remit.

In 2012 Anna moved to Australia where she undertook major consulting assignments for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, and the Sydney Opera House, before joining the team at MCA in an interim leadership role. Since moving back to London in 2014, Anna has combined freelance work for a wide range of clients around the world with a change leadership role at the University of the Arts London. As such, she has worked with a wide range of organisations in the arts and culture sector, including funding bodies, national museums, NPOs, universities, local authorities, trusts and foundations and developers on feasibility studies, cultural strategies, business plans, funding applications, research projects and organisation or programme evaluations.

Anna was educated at Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute of Art. She also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Cultural Leadership from City University.

Sophie Morrish

Photo of Sophie MorrishSophie Morrish is a visual artist based on the island of North Uist. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1993, she relocated to Scotland, working as a lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art between 1994 and 2006.

Sophie has extensive experience in the creative education sector, working with a broad range of learners and institutions as diverse as HMP Brixton, London, Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China, and M.S. University Vadodra, India. Between 2007 and 2014 she worked as lecturer and course leader for the University of the Highlands and Islands/ Lews Castle College BA Fine Art course based at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Art Centre.

Firmly rooted in place, Sophie’s creative practice draws inspiration from the natural world. Maintaining openness towards location and materials, her work is underpinned by a particular interest in perception of natural phenomena and human relationship to ‘other’ animal life.

Catherine MacPhee

Catherine is an archivist who grew up on Skye, allowing her to engage with community groups across Skye and Lochalsh while preserving and protecting the culture. She has a wide range of job experiences while growing up in Skye, including at the former An Tuireann Arts Centre, in a range of hospitality roles and briefly as a financial advisor. She has a strong knowledge of local culture and a deep connection to the place she grew up.

She is currently studying for her MLitt in Archives and Records Management with Dundee University and works at the Archive and Resource Centre in Portree.

Catherine can be found at various music festivals and events at home and abroad. Other interests are yoga, growing vegetables, baking and reading a wide variety of literature, perhaps too much nonfiction.

Freya Rowe

Freya is the managing director of Raasay House Hotel & Outdoor Activities. She lives and works on the Isle of Raasay, a short journey from the small village of Plockton where she grew up. With her partner David and her mother Lyn, she has created a sustainable family business in Raasay House, enabling the community to attract major funding to transform Raasay House into a valuable community asset. Freya is passionate about sharing the beauty and uniqueness of Raasay by encouraging visitors to connect to this landscape.

Having studied for a year at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, she takes great pleasure in art and creativity influences much of what she does and as a dedicated member of her small island community, Freya has enjoyed working with various community groups supporting projects which help sustain this fragile island community and bring benefits to residents and businesses alike.  She is a mother of two and loves spending time with her family. In the winter she loves to travel and in the rare moments of free time in the summer, you will find her loch swimming or e-biking around the island.


Catherine Macphee