National Museums Scotland
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, today announced the appointment of a new Chair of National Museums Scotland.
National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in Europe, and cares for a collection of over four million items of national and international importance. Following the recent major redevelopment of the National Museum of Scotland, NMS receives over 2.5 million visitors over its various sites and one million web visitors a year. National Museums Scotland is a large, complex and vibrant organisation with five museums, 430 staff, and an annual budget of over £21 million.
The new Chair is Bruce Minto, and replaces outgoing Chair Sir Angus Grossart.
Bruce is a corporate lawyer and co-founded the leading corporate law firm Dickson Minto WS in 1985 where he remains managing partner. Bruce led the successful campaign which, with support from the Scottish Government and Heritage Lottery Fund, exceeded its target to raise the funding for the £46m refurbishment of the National Museum of Scotland, widely recognised as an engineering and architectural triumph. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of National Museums Scotland since October 2010 and has also served as a member of its Charitable Trust Board. Bruce has a keen interest in cultural matters in Scotland, lives in Edinburgh and is married with five children.
This appointment will be for four years and will run from August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2016.
This appointment is part-time and attracts no remuneration for a time commitment of four days per month.
Bruce Minto holds no other public appointments.
This appointment is regulated by the Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland.
All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. Bruce Minto declared that he has undertaken no political activity in the last five years.