It will be responsible for all of the areas which were covered by the two independent groups - including digital and interactive media.
This promises to be an interesting development for the games sector in Scotland, as it will - theoretically at least - place it on a par with the film industry.
AllMediaScotland is today reporting the names of the individuals who will comprise the interim board, which will serve until the new entity is up and running.
The people on the board will be recognisable to those in the film and arts within Scotland, but perhaps not so to those within the games industry. We'll track this story and keep everyone posted on the progress of Creative Scotland and the make-up of the final board:
Comprising familiar names from the constituent bodies, the ‘joint board’ will operate until the completion of a proposed full merger, which will result in the single organisation, Creative Scotland.
Of the eleven appointees - Charles Lovatt, Ray Macfarlane, John Mulgrew, Steve Grimmond, Dinah Caine, Jim McSharry, Barbara McKissack, Donald Emslie, Ben Twist, Rab Noakes and Iain Smith - six currently sit on the board of Scottish Screen.
Recently, the identity of the chair was announced: Dr Richard Holloway - from the board of the Arts Council.
These appointments will run until February 1 2010, are part-time and non-remunerated. The formal time commitment is six days a year. However, members will also be involved in working groups and committees of the board, and other events, in the preparation for the transition to Creative Scotland.
Ben Twist is a freelance theatre director and producer. He was artistic director of Contact Theatre, Manchester, and associate director of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. He has directed over 70 productions in Scotland, England, Europe, Latin and North America and New Zealand. He is a board director of Prime Productions and Hebrides Ensemble and has recently been asked to join the university committee that oversees the work of the macrobert centre in Stirling. He joined the capital committee of the Scottish Arts Council in 1999. In 2003, he became chair of the committee and joined the board of the Scottish Arts Council.
Steve Grimmond is the head of Community Services at
Fife Council, his current responsibilities spanning culture, sport and
leisure, environment and community
learning and development. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts & Science, a CoSLA adviser on sport and the arts, an executive member and former chair of VOCAL (Voice of Chief Officers for Cultural, Community and Leisure Services in Scotland), and a board member of
sportscotland. He is a practising artist and current board member of the Scottish
Barbara McKissack is an independent producer who, until recently, was BBC Scotland's
head of Drama where her output included Sea of Souls, 55 Degrees North, Monarch of
the Glen, Tinseltown, England Expects and the Key. She also developed and oversaw
the twice-weekly soap, River City, and has been executive producer on a number of
feature films, including Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar. She is a member of
the Festival City Theatres Trust and a member of the Scottish Screen
Charles Lovatt is managing director of L.I. Components, an international
semiconductor trading company that he founded in 1985, and Cacophony Ltd, a London-based music publisher. He also sits on the boards of Foxtrot Theatre Company, and
Elmwood College, Cupar. He is a member of the Scottish Screen board.
Jim McSharry began his artistic career as a performance poet in the 1980's, working
with novelist, Jim Kelman, and was published in anthologies of radical poetry before gravitating to the stand-up comedy scene, at which point he became involved with Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh. Both a director and performer, he was a founding director of the Centre for Inclusive Living, in Glasgow, to assist people with a disability lead more independent lives. He is also a member of the Scottish Arts Council board.
John Mulgrew is chair of Learning and Teaching Scotland. He was
director of Educational and Social Services in East Ayrshire Council until April
last year. He is currently a member of the Scottish Arts Council
Donald Emslie is acting chief executive of SMG plc and non-executive chairman of ITV Network Limited, the Royal Lyceum Theatre (Edinburgh)
and the Scottish [audio-visual] Industry Skills Panel. He is a non-executive director of Skillset UK and
the Film Academy Scotland, honorary chair of
BAFTA Scotland, and a Fellow and vice-president of the Royal Television Society. He is also a member
of the Scottish Screen board.
Iain Smith is a producer at Applecross Productions Ltd, deputy chair of the British
Film Commission Advisory Group, vice-president of the Production Guild of Great
Britain, and a director of the Children's Film and Television Foundation. He is a
member of the UK Film Council and a member of the Scottish Screen board.
Dinah Caine is chief executive of Skillset, the sector skills council
for the audio-visual industries. She is a board member of Scottish Screen and the
Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission and a member of the British Screen
Advisory Council. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was recently
awarded Fellowship of the Royal Television Society for her ‘outstanding contribution
to the television industry’.
Ray Macfarlane was appointed chair of Scottish Screen in September five years ago. This
appointment will terminate next month with the establishment of the joint
board. She is a senior director of Corporate Banking at Bank of Scotland, a qualified solicitor, a former managing director of Scottish Enterprise, and a current non-executive
director of the Scottish Institute of Sport. Plus, she is Honorary co-chair of BAFTA Scotland.
Rab Noakes is a performer, songwriter and recording artist. He is
also professionally involved in media production. He was head of Entertainment at
BBC Radio Scotland from 1989–1995. He now runs Neon, a broadcast media and
music production company, with his wife, Stephanie Pordage. He was appointed to the
Scottish Arts Council board in March two years ago and has recently been re-elected to the
Executive Committee of the Musicians' Union.