The Board of Trustees is National Museums Scotland’s governing body.

The Board is responsible for setting the National Museums Scotland’s strategic direction and for monitoring progress to achieve this. The management team is fully responsible for the day-to-day operation of the National Museums Scotland and for the implementation of strategy. The Board and management team work closely together in their different roles.

National Museums Scotland is a public body, and the Board is accountable to Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament.

Trustees have a Code of Conduct which is on this website. Biographies of Trustees, Board minutes and Trustees’ registered interests are also posted on this website. Previous years' minutes can be viewed in the Trustees minutes archive.

Trustees bring to the National Museums Scotland a wide range of skills, backgrounds and experience in academic life, business, media, technology, education and community involvement. Individually they bring not only this experience, but also many different perspectives on how the National Museums Scotland can best serve the public.

Trustees also have a vital role to act as ambassadors for National Museums Scotland, both in gathering support for large projects and, equally importantly, in ensuring the widest possible understanding of National Museums Scotland’s collections and its services (locally, nationally and internationally).

National Museums Scotland can have up to 15 Trustees, who are all appointed by the Minister for Culture, Tourism & External Affairs. They are normally appointed for a term of four years, and may serve for a second term. Trustees are appointed through an open process where posts are advertised and candidates are interviewed. 

Our trustees

Bruce Minto

Bruce Minto, OBE - Chair

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Andrew Holmes

Andrew Holmes, MSc, MICE - Trustee

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Dr Anna Gregor

Dr Anna Gregor, CBE, FRCP, FRCR - Trustee

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Dr Isabel Bruce

Dr Isabel Bruce, OBE, PhD, BA, MRTPI, MCIPS, FRSSA - Trustee

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James Troughton

James Troughton, DipArch, MA Cantab, RIBA - Trustee

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Miller McLean

Miller McLean, FCIBS, FIB - Trustee

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Chris Fletcher

Chris Fletcher - Trustee

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Gordon Drummond

Gordon Drummond, BSc - Trustee

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Professor Chris Breward

Professor Chris Breward - Trustee

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Professor Walter Nimmo

Professor Walter Nimmo CBE, BSc, MD, FRCP, FRCSEd, FRCA, FANZCA, FRSE - Trustee

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Dr Brian Lang

Dr Brian Lang, CBE, FRSE - Trustee

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Eilidh Wiseman

Eilidh Wiseman - Trustee

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Dr Catriona Macdonald

Dr Catriona M.M. Macdonald - Trustee

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Lynda Logan

Lynda Logan - Trustee

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Appointment of new trustees to National Museums Scotland board

We are now looking for up to four new Trustees to play a key role in developing our museums.

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