The Team

Margaret O'Connor - Chief Executive

Margaret O'Connor joined Art in Healthcare as Chief Executive in January 2015. She previously worked as a senior manager in local government for Adult Social Care and for many years as Cultural Services Manager for East Lothian Council. Having studied History of Art, Design & Film, Margaret went on to study for her Masters in Film Studies and was more recently awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Cultural Leadership and a Masters in Business Administration.

"Becoming Chief Executive at Art in Healthcare is a fantastic opportunity for me to unite all of my interests in the Arts, health and business development. Working with creative and health professionals to make a difference to the wellbeing of individuals and communities is highly motivating for me as Chief Executive and for everyone involved with Art in Healthcare. "

Margaret has previously served on lottery and performing arts committees for Scottish Art Council and is currently Chair of Port of Leith Housing Association and a member of Queen Margaret University Court of Session.

Enita Shala - Collection Manager

Our Collection Manager Enita Shala started her involvement with Art in Healthcare as a volunteer for a period of six months. Enita has a varied work experience in art project management in Edinburgh and abroad, mainly in visual arts, gallery education, cultural heritage and funding art organisations. With a degree in Art History with Humanities and MA in Arts and Cultural Management, Enita has always been interested in work that enables people to engage with art.
‘’My role with Art in Healthcare enables me to contribute towards making art accessible to people in healthcare environments and at the same time care for its valuable collection of Scottish contemporary artworks".

Iona McCann - Outreach Manager

Iona McCann started working for us in December 2016 as the Outreach Manager for our social prescribing project funded by the Big Lottery Fund. She has worked in many gallery and museum settings including Edinburgh Printmakers, Glasgow Museums, McManus; Dundee’s Art Museum and Gallery and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Most recently she worked as Public Engagement Co-ordinator for GENERATION (a partnerships project between Creative Scotland, Glasgow Life and National Galleries Scotland). She has a BA(hons) Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art and Design in Dundee and an MA Art Museum and Gallery Education from Newcastle University.
‘I am really excited about this role and working at Art in Healthcare. All throughout my career I have become convinced of the importance of providing engaging experiences that empower people to be creative. I firmly believe that art should be accessible to all I have seen first-hand the positive impacts art can have on health and wellbeing’

David Marr- Office Manager

David studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Grays School of Art, specialising in Printmaking. He then studied Maths and Science with the Open University. David worked at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for several years, gaining experience in arts administration, before joining Art in Healthcare in 2012.


Our Trustees

Hilary Mounfield - Chair

Hilary Mounfield OBE, MA, FRSA is Convenor of the Dementia Services Development Trust and an ambassador for the Scottish Epilepsy Centre. Formerly Chief Executive of Epilepsy Scotland, she has chaired several health related organisations nationally and internationally, including Voluntary Health Scotland and the Joint Epilepsy Council. She has frequently represented the patient point of view on medical committees and served two terms as a non-executive director of the NHS National Waiting Times Centre Board. She is a member of many arts organisations and is actively involved with the Scottish Arts Club.

John Wilson - Vice Chair

John Wilson has a degree in public administration, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Services Management.  He has 33 years operational experience of hospital management gained in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Fife.  He has held a variety of management posts across Fife and on 1 March 2002 became Chief Executive of NHS Fife Operational Division. Since 1st April 2012 he has been Chief Executive of NHS Fife.
He has been a CHKS hospital Surveyor since 1996. Since 2002 he has been a surveyor with NHS Health Improvement, Scotland and its predecessors.

He is a member of the Scottish National Evaluation Committee and previously chaired the Racial Equality Steering Group, NHS Scotland’s Minority Ethnic Policy Strategy Group, NHS Scotland Human Rights Forum and the Regional Planning Group (South East Scotland) for Childrens Services.

Dr Roderick Cameron

Consultant Radiologist at Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee, with general diagnostic imaging as his work and respiratory radiology as a special interest.

He is the curator of the art collection of the Ninewells Hospital Radiology Department. With a similar philosophy to Art in Healthcare, the collection was established to benefit patients and staff, and also to encourage young artists. Since 1998, the Radiology Art Prize has been awarded annually at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee.

He is Treasurer of Ruthven Parish Festival, a local music and arts society


Dr Conor Maguire

Dr Conor Maguire is a Consultant in Medicine for the Elderly at the Royal Victoria and Western General Hospitals, Edinburgh and a Clinical Director of Older Peoples Services at NHS Lothian. He qualified from University College Dublin and subsequently completed an MD Thesis at Trinity College Dublin before moving to the University of Bristol in 1997 as Lecturer in Care of the Elderly. He was appointed to his present position in 2000.

Betta Adams

Betta Adams

An Aberdeen graduate, Betta taught English at secondary and college level, but has also worked professionally with the families of special needs children, and in the Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen.  With a long-standing lay interest in the visual arts, Betta has served on the Committees of: Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums; Paintings in Hospitals, Scotland (now AiH); and The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (for which she is now on the Venture Fund Panel); and on the Council of Visual Arts Scotland. She is an energetic and enthusastic member of the Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy, and is currently the Vice Chairman of the Friends Board of Directors, having completed her three year term as Chairman last year.

Kieran Gaffney

Kieran Gaffney

Kieran is an architect and director of Konishi Gaffney, an award winning Scottish / Japanese practice based in Edinburgh. He has worked on a variety of creative and artist led projects including six years in London working with Thomas Heatherwick on public art commissions. He continues to collaborate with artists on projects around the fields of art, landscape & architecture. Kieran has sat on the boards of the RIAS and the Edinburgh Architecture Association and has been invited critic at Edinburgh College of Art, Strathclyde and Edinburgh Universities.

Lesley Gordon

Lesley Gordon

Lesley is a partner with bto Solicitors and has worked in private practice in Edinburgh for the last 20 years. She is accredited by The Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law and is a trained family Arbitrator. She sits on the Board of Consensus Collaboration Scotland. She also practices in the field of adults with incapacity.
Combined with her legal background, Lesley has a longstanding interest in the visual arts.

Ann-Marie Glancy - Treasurer

Ann-Marie Glancy CPFA is a qualified accountant and has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) since 2012. A CIPFA Prize Winner in 2011 for achieving the highest mark in an examination in Scottish exam venues, Ann-Marie has worked for East Lothian Council since 2004, starting her career in Community Care Finance and later moving into Corporate Finance. As Principal Accountant Ann-Marie currently leads teams with responsibility for the Housing Revenue Account, Capital Accounting and Treasury and she leads the Final Accounts process for the organisation.

Dr Duncan Thomson

Dr Duncan Thomson

Dr Duncan Thomson was Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery from 1982 to 1997. He is an acknowledged authority on 17th century British paintings and also on the work of Sir Henry Raeburn. He curated the great Raeburn exhibition held in Edinburgh and London in 1997/98. He has also written on 20th century artists.





Bill Hare - Curator

Bill was Exhibition Organiser at the Talbot Rice Gallery and taught art history with the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art. Since 1995 he has concentrated on teaching and curating, with a special interest in post-war Scottish art. He is now an Honorary Teaching Fellow in Scottish art history at Edinburgh University and Honorary Curator of the University’s Fine Art Collection. Bill has published extensively on Scottish modern art and is the Scottish editor of Galleries magazine and author of Contemporary Painting in Scotland (1992).

Barbara Rae - Patron

Matilda Mitchell - President

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Since 1991 our charity has been assembling one of the largest and most prestigious Collections of original Scottish art in the country. These artworks are uniquely available for display in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

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