At Art in Healthcare we are passionate about what we do
and the impact our work has on people across Scotland.
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 O'Connor joined Art in Healthcare as Chief Executive in January 2015 with a vision to unite her love of art with her knowledge of health and wellbeing needs to make a lasting difference for people in all parts of Scotland.
Margaret 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.
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.
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
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.
David Marr joined Art in Healthcare in 2012.
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.
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 and have seen first-hand the positive impacts art can have on health and wellbeing
Iona McCann started working for us in December 2016 as the Outreach Manager for our social prescribing project ‘ROOM FOR ART’ funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
Previous to this 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.
John Wilson retired from his post as Chief Executive of NHS Fife in 2014 after 35 years service in the NHS In Scotland. He became Chair of Art in Healthcare in 2018 after a number of years as a Trustee on the Board. He is also a Trustee of the Board of Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland and a member of a number of national committees of the Church of Scotland. In his time at NHS Fife, John oversaw the creation of the NHS Fife extensive Art Collection and remains the Convenor of the Board’s Art Group.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Gordon Mitchell was born in 1952. He studied art at Edinburgh College of Art from 1970-1974 and subsequently pursued a career in teaching art. In 1989 Gordon Mitchell decided to become a full time professional artist and left teaching. Gordon is a prolific painter. Although often described as a surrealist artist, he describes himself as an ‘abstract expressionist’. Inspiration for his paintings can be a group of words, a topical news story, but more usually it’s a visual pun that his pictures develop out of. His work is thought-provoking and visually striking. Gordon Mitchell is an elected Member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour (1997), the Royal Glasgow Institute (1998) and the Royal Scottish Academy (2005). Gordon joined the Art in Healthcare Board in 2017.
Al joined TSB as a graduate trainee & then spent 23 years with the bank, mainly in commercial banking. He now works for LINC Scotland,
which is the association of business angels, the people who put equity into start-up companies. LINC's main role is to support &
encourage early stage investors in Scottish start-ups, as well as providing investment ready advice to entrepreneurs.
He also does a bit of running coaching as well as organising a JogScotland group. He has previously served on the board of Triathlon Scotland as well as being the Chairman of the Edinburgh Small Business Loan Fund. Along with his wife, Al has been interested in the world of art for a long time", albeit he has no talent in that direction whatsoever.
Paula Shutt is a Marketing and French Graduate with 25 years' experience in Marketing and Communications across the Public, Private and Charity sectors.
Paula's roles have included heading up the Communications department at a large UK Government Agency, leading teams in the Press Office, Digital, Events, Internal Communications and Marketing. She has led product and service launches and contributed to road safety campaigns, with her project work being cited by the National Audit Office as ‘best practice’ and shared across the Public Sector.
Paula currently leads the Marketing function at an Edinburgh Health Charity, and enjoys an interest in art and the arts.
Madeleine is a graduate in Economics and Business Administration. She comes from a family of entrepreneurs and focused on entrepreneurship when working in academia. Currently, she is and advisor to SMEs on finance, internationalisation and communication. Madeleine is the author of several books, both fiction and non-fiction. In 2017 she received her Non-Executive Director Diploma from The Financial Times. She is also a member of the Commercial Board of Age Scotland. In a former life she worked in asset management in London, Geneva and Rotterdam, lastly as Head of Emerging Markets Equities for Robeco.
Victoria Crowe studied at the Royal College of Art in London and was invited to teach at Edinburgh College of Art shortly after graduating. Her work has been exhibited extensively and has featured in more than 50 solo shows. Victoria was awarded an OBE for Services to Art in 2004 and is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and the the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (RSW). She has received many bursaries and research awards and her work is held in numerous public and private collections worldwide. Victoria Crowe became a Patron of Art in Healthcare in 2017.
Barbara Rae CBE RA was born in Falkirk and studied art at Edinburgh College Art in the 1960s. She is one of Scotland's best known and most successful artists and has received many awards and accolades. Barbara Rae's work is exhibited widely and features in many prestigious collections. Art in Healthcare is delighted to have Barbara Rae as a Patron and has benefited greatly from her generosity over a number of years.
Matilda Mitchell was the founder of Paintings in Hospitals Scotland which later become Art in Healthcare. She holds a degree in the History of Art from Edinburgh University and was in charge of the Art Collection and exhibitions at Stirling University from its inception. She subsequently ran the Art Gallery of the MacRobert Centre at the University and worked later at the Scottish Arts Council. Mathilda Mitchell continues her long association with the charity she created by serving as President of Art in Healthcare.
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).