The members come from a variety of professional backgrounds.

Please note that the positions on the Scotland Advisory Committee are not remunerated.


Seona Reid, member of Scotland Advisory Committee

Seona Reid

Seona Reid served as Director of the Glasgow School of Art between 1999 and 2013 and Director of the Scottish Arts Council between 1990 and 1999, and has served on a wide range of other committees and boards in the arts and education sectors during her career. Her current roles include Chair of the National Theatre of Scotland, Board member of the Edinburgh International Cultural Summit and Board member of Tate Gallery. She was awarded a DBE in 2014 for services to the creative industries.

Professor Anne H. Anderson O.B.E FRSE

She is Vice Principal & Head of the College of Social Sciences, at the University of Glasgow having previously been Vice Principal & Head of College of Art, Science & Engineering at the University of Dundee. In both Universities she has been active in building international links.  She has served on the governing body of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and is currently a Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner as well as being on the board of Visit Scotland.

Beth Bate

Beth Bate is Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA). With large-scale gallery spaces, cinemas, a print studio and an award-winning learning programme, DCA attracts over 380,000 visits a year. Previously Beth was Director of Great North Run Culture in Newcastle and a consultant on curatorial and advocacy projects with The British Museum, Arts Council England, and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. She is a Clore Fellow and a Trustee of Edinburgh Art Festival and West Ward Works. 

Professor Graham Caie, CBE, FRSE

Graham is professorial research fellow, Glasgow University, where he was previously Clerk of Senate, Vice Principal and International Dean. He represents the UK on the Board of ALLEA (the Federation of European Academies) and is Vice President, Scottish Text Society, member of Court of Queen Margaret Univ, Trustee, Faculty of Advocates Abbotsford Collection and on the National Library of Scotland Governance and Research Cttss. 

Sarah Deas

Sarah was chief executive of Co-operative Development Scotland. As a director at Scottish Enterprise she led the organisation's support for social enterprise. Her professional background is in strategy, marketing and business development within international companies. She is a trustee of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (Scotland), director of the Bank of Scotland Foundation, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Executive Coach. She was previously chair of Arts & Business Scotland.

Sandra Gunn

Sandra served as Dean of Faculty of Creative Industries at the City of Glasgow College for fifteen years. She has extensive experience of tertiary education and is an Associate Assessor for Education Scotland. She has contributed to a number of boards, including Creative Scotland and Centre for Contemporary Art, and is currently a board member for Craft Scotland and the Lighthouse Exhibition Programme Board. 



Janette Harkess

Janette Harkess is Director of External Relations for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. A former journalist, she was Head of Media for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and previously Director of Policy and Research for the Scottish Council for Development and Industry. She is on the board of National Theatre of Scotland and an honorary Vice President of the Journalists' Charity. She has served as a Commissioner to the Poverty Truth Commission in Scotland.


Asif Kahn

Asif Khan

Asif is the Director of the Scottish Poetry Library. He is an associate of Arts Council England’s Powerbrokers International Leadership Programme. Previous roles include senior national policy advisor for the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade cultural commemoration and lead officer for Bristol’s programme in support of European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. Asif hails from Dundee and studied film with marketing at the University of Stirling.

Steven Kidd

Steven is passionate about participation and has been active in this area since his teenage years, being a founder member and former Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament. Professionally, his expertise is in the youth and community sector, having led the Glasgow 2014 Education Programme, worked on learner voice at Learning and Teaching Scotland (now Education Scotland). Steven is currently working in child rights education for Unicef UK and is a non-executive director of YouthBank Scotland.

Alan Mackay

Alan Mackay

Alan Mackay is Deputy Vice-Principal International and Director, Edinburgh Global at the University of Edinburgh. He provides strategic leadership on internationalisation and works with senior leaders to advance the University’s international ambition and partnership.  Alan has over twenty years of experience in international higher education, he was appointed Deputy Vice-Principal, International in 2012, and prior to joining the University he worked for the University of St Andrews.