Arts & Business Scotland (A&B Scotland) today becomes an independent Scottish charity. The Arts & Business UK board has devolved the Scottish operation, which has been promoting mutually beneficial relationships between business and culture for 25 years.
The new Board will be chaired by Jane Ryder, who was until last month Chief Executive of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
Other Board members include Lucy Bird, Chief Executive of Marketing Edinburgh Ltd and previously Director of Marketing and Development at The Sage Gateshead; Rhona Brankin, former MSP and Scottish Government Culture Minister; and Simon Sharkey, Associate Director, National Theatre of Scotland.
Becoming an indepedent Scottish charity will help A&B Scotland “to develop even stronger strategic relationships with key partners including businesses, the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland”.
Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive of Creative Scotland said: “It is testimony to its excellent track record that Arts & Business Scotland is today in a position to announce its independence. We look forward to continued strategic collaboration to enable new models of philanthropy, enhanced business investment, and best practice in governance.”