New Trustee Board Members Appointed to National Museums Scotland

Friday 5 March, 2021

The Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fair Work and Culture, Fiona Hyslop today announced the appointment of Motaram Mimi Brophy, Graeme Gibson and Professor Ian Wall to the Board of Trustees of National Museums Scotland. The appointments will be for four years and will begin on 1 April 2021.
Motaram Mimi Brophy is a manager at Hollister, a large retail store on George Street in Edinburgh. She specialises in merchandising, marketing and business development and holds a Master of Arts in History from the University of Aberdeen. As a young, mixed race woman she is excited to bring a fresh set of perspectives to the Board and is committed to the continued effort of diversifying and enriching the collections of museums, as well as reaching a wider audience.
Graeme Gibson is currently the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for Edinburgh Airport Limited with particular focus on long-term financial planning and forecasting, financial control, risk, capital investment and governance. Graeme is a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) and member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He is also a Trustee for Scouts Scotland and an Edinburgh-based organisation The Welcoming, which provides services to migrants and refugees to learn English, find jobs and access local services.
Professor Ian Wall brings decades of experience in property development/management and in Public Engagement in Science (PES). Before retiring he was CEO of the EDI Group responsible for many development projects, including Edinburgh Park. Ian has chaired two Committees on STEM education for the Scottish Government and was previously a member of the Heriot Watt University Court, Chair of WASPS and the Scottish Poetry Library, SheIter, and visiting Professor of Architecture at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, in Aberdeen. Ian is currently Chair of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and of Newbattle Abbey College, a non-executive Director of Scotland’s Regeneration Forum (SURF), Visiting Professor at Heriot Watt University and a Board Director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Dr Chris Breward, Director of National Museums Scotland said:

I warmly welcome the Scottish Government's appointment of Motaram Mimi Brophy, Graeme Gibson and Professor Ian Wall to the National Museums Scotland Board of Trustees. They bring a strong range of skills and expertise to our Board and I look forward to working with them as we continue to build on National Museums Scotland's success. They will be a vital part of shaping our future vision, as we increase our relevance and continue to expand and diversify our audiences.

Ian Russell, Chair of National Museums Scotland commented:

I am delighted to welcome Motaram Mimi Brophy, Graeme Gibson and Professor Ian Wall to the Board of National Museums Scotland. Together with our Director, Dr Chris Breward  I look forward very much to working with them as we embark upon the next phase of development of our museums and collections

Friday 5 March 2021


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Notes to editors

  1. National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in the UK and Europe and it looks after collections of national and international importance. The organisation provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display.
  1. Bheireadh Oifis nam Meadhanan eadar-theangachadh Gàidhlig den bhrath-naidheachd seachad do bhuidhinn mheadhanan bharantaichte. Cuiribh fios do dh'Oifis nam Meadhanan airson bruidhinn air cinn-latha freagarrach.
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