Dundee Heritage Trust has appointed Deirdre Robertson as its Chief Executive Officer.
Formerly Chief Operating Officer and Advisor for Tate and board member of Dundee Contemporary Arts, Deirdre brings voluntary, non-executive and senior executive experience in UK charities, arts and education, including the museum and galleries sector. She is currently Chair of the Exhibiting Societies of Scottish Artists and Trustee of West Ward Works and has previously served on the Coastal Community Fund, Big Lottery Scotland Committee, the board of Craft Scotland and project teams overseeing major capital projects at Napier University’s Grade C listed Craiglockhart campus, the Grade A listed Marischal College of Aberdeen, Tate Britain, Tate Modern and Tate St Ives. A native of Dundee, graduate of Dundee University Law School and postgraduate of Duncan and Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Deirdre is delighted to now be back full time in the city for which she has maintained a constant passion.
Deirdre said: ‘It’s a hugely exciting time to be working in cultural tourism in Dundee, particularly in two such well loved attractions. Verdant Works and Discovery Point are real Scottish gems – consistently rated number one and two on Trip Advisor – all credit to their superb staff, volunteers and committed board. There is still a huge job to do though, particularly on fundraising and sponsorship, against a backdrop of remarkably low external funding. I feel genuinely privileged to now be part of the Dundee Heritage Trust team that is tirelessly developing these amazing attractions to ensure their long term benefit for both the city and Scotland. I am looking forward to working together with partners – old and new – to help lever us from what I think may best be described as a tipping point, to maximise the significant wider opportunities cultural tourism can bring.’
Andy Lothian, Chairman of Dundee Heritage Trust said: ‘Deirdre’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer is central to Dundee Heritage Trust’s role in our City and Scotland. She brings extraordinary experience of the charity and museum sectors, outstanding leadership qualities and a passion for Dundee that is inspiring. We’re delighted that Deirdre will be leading the wonderful team at Dundee Heritage Trust.’