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Ray Macfarlane named as new Chair of Museums Galleries Scotland

Ray Macfarlane named as new Chair of Museums Galleries Scotland

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ray Macfarlane as Chair of the Board. With a wide-ranging background in Scotland’s cultural sector and beyond, Ray will bring extensive knowledge and experience to the role.

Diana Montador, Chair of the MGS Board Nominations Committee, said:

We are very pleased to have Ray as the new Chair of MGS. She brings a wealth of experience in leadership in the public and private sector, including the cultural and museum sector. She will be a huge asset in leading the National Development Body’s work to develop a sustainable museums and galleries sector.”

Ray Macfarlane graduated MA, LLB, MBA from the University of Glasgow and began her career as a solicitor in private practice. A former Senior Director of HBOS plc and Managing Director of Scottish Enterprise, Ray is now Chairman of the Scottish Legal Aid Board.  She has held a variety of non-executive posts in the public and private sectors and was formerly a Trustee and Deputy Chair of the National Galleries of Scotland, Chairman of Scottish Screen and Deputy Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council. For the past 7 years she has served as Chair of Scotland’s Recognition Scheme, which celebrates, promotes and invests in Scotland’s Nationally Significant Collections.

Ray Macfarlane said:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as Chairman of the Recognition Scheme from which I have learned to appreciate the richness and diversity of the collections held by Scotland’s museums and galleries. I recognise the challenges facing the sector and the importance of taking action to ensure that our museums continue to thrive. I am looking forward to working with the MGS Board and staff on supporting and advocating for the sector.”

Ray Macfarlane will commence her new role on 1st July 2018 when the current MGS Chair Charles Sloan steps down. 

Museums Galleries Scotland is the National Development Body for museums and galleries in Scotland and offers strategic development support to the sector.

Published 28 June 2018