Norman N. Gillies chairs the Board of ATLAS Arts. He is a native of the Isle of Skye and a fluent Gaelic speaker, with a lengthy career in management. In 1983, Norman joined Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the national centre for Gaelic language and culture, where he spent twenty-five years heading up an ever expanding institution. He has board level experience of development agencies and arts organisations.
In January 2009 Norman joined the Clan Donald Lands Trust, a Scottish charity which owns 20,000 acres of land in south Skye, as development director. Working with colleagues, he produced a twenty-year development plan for the estate, a major feature of which was the creation of a new village at Kilbeg. In his three years with the Trust, a Master Plan and Design Code for the new village was finalised.
Norman is an Emeritus Professor of the University of the Highlands and Islands. He holds an Honorary Chair in Contemporary Highland Studies with the University of Aberdeen (who also awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Laws in 2000). He was Chief of the Gaelic Society of Inverness in 2000. Norman was awarded an OBE in 2003 for services to education and Gaelic. In 2008, he received a Saltire Award and the following year he was made an Honorary Member of the Saltire Society. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of the University) by the Open University for work in areas of special educational concern to the University and for exceptional contribution to education and culture. He chaired the Board of West Highland College from its foundation until the end of 2011. He is also on the Board of Governors of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Born 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.
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 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.
Sue 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.