The new arts body Creative Scotland has lined up its senior team. Andrew Dixon, chief executive designate, has appointed Vena Dhupa, Iain Munro and Caroline Parkinson as three directors of creative development.

Other management team appointments are Morag Arnot as director of communications and external affairs; Alyson Hagan as director of finance and operations; and Karen Lannigan as head of human resources.
Ken Hay, chief executive of Scottish Screen, will work with Creative Scotland until the end of September 2010.

New National development body Creative Scotland will replace the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen. The new body, covering the arts, culture and creative industries, is formally established next month.
Andrew Dixon said: “The combined team brings new expertise in international work and creative industries and a huge strength in continuity from the previous bodies. Iain Munro has led the successful Arts Lottery programme for Scotland, Caroline Parkinson brings a wealth of expertise in understanding the development needs of the cultural sector and Venu Dhupa is an internationally renowned player with a major track record in managing and developing cultural organisations and artists.
“We are grateful to Ken Hay at Scottish Screen for agreeing to stay on and contribute to the set up phase of Creative Scotland. He has been a major contributor to the thinking behind the new organisation and I wish him well in his future career.”

In a statement to the industry, Hay said: “Creative Scotland is a body that will embrace both the cultural and industrial with equal vigour, a body that will have a scale of influence much greater than that of either Scottish Screen or the Scottish Arts Council and a body that approaches the arts, screen and creative industries holistically rather than in unhelpful silos. I have been a long term advocate for Creative Scotland and I have every confidence that Andrew Dixon and his new senior team will be able to translate all our ambitions for Creative Scotland into a reality.”