Public appointment: chair reappointed to Creative Scotland

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The Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, Mr Robertson, has announced the reappointment of Robert Wilson as Chair of Creative Scotland.


Robert Wilson brings a wide range of leadership experience in the commercial, philanthropic and charitable sectors, with particular experience of the arts, including festivals and the visual arts. Mr Wilson is co-founder of Jupiter Artland Foundation, the award winning Sculpture Park near Edinburgh.

He has served as Chair of Edinburgh Art Festival, Trustee of Little Sparta Trust, Trustee of the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh, Trustee of the Dovecot Studios and Chair of the Arts Working Group at Inverleith House. He chairs The Barcapel Foundation and Prostate Scotland. He is Chairman and co-owner of Nelsons, the UK’s largest natural medicines producer.


This reappointment is for four years and runs from 10 February 2022 to 9 February 2026.

This reappointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This reappointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £275 per day for a time commitment of up to four days per month. Robert Wilson waives this fee.

Other ministerial appointments

Robert Wilson does not hold any other public appointments.

Political activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.

Robert Wilson has had no political activity within the last five years.


Creative Scotland is the national body for creative development. They support a Scotland where creative activity is vibrant, valued and experienced by everyone inclusively. They enable creative people, communities, places and activity to thrive.

Further information on the work of Creative Scotland is available via the Creative Scotland website.

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