Public appointment: Members reappointed to the Board of National Galleries of Scotland

Public appointments news release.

The Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development, announced the reappointment of Audrey Carlin and Hannah Rudman as Members of the Board of National Galleries of Scotland


Audrey Carlin is a property and arts focused professional, she brings twenty-five years’ experience of capital projects, property management and fundraising to the Board.  She is currently Chief Executive Officer at WASPS (Workshops & Artists Studio Provision Scotland), the UK’s largest artist studio provider. Having managed the delivery of major capital projects during her career, she looks forward to supporting NGS with their exciting capital programme including the Scottish National Gallery Project and the National Collections Facility.

Hannah Rudman is a digital transformation expert practitioner, entrepreneur and academic. Currently, she is SRUC‘s Senior Challenge Research Fellow, researching and developing digital innovations that can best assist in assuring, strengthening and proving Scotland’s natural economy’s – and its agriculture and land-based sectors’ – impact on grand challenges. An experienced non-executive Director, Dr Rudman has served as Board Director for the Macrobert Arts Centre, New Media Scotland and Digital North.  She was elected as Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2016, as Honorary Fellow at Durham University in 2015 and as Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce in 2007.


The reappointments will be for four years and will run from 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2026.

The reappointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The reappointments are part-time, with a time commitment of twelve days per annum. Appointments to the National Galleries of Scotland are not remunerated.

Other ministerial appointments

Audrey Carlin and Hannah Rudman do 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.   

Audrey Carlin and Hannah Rudman have had no political activity within the last five years.


The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS)

The National Galleries of Scotland comprises three galleries in Edinburgh and two partner galleries in the North and South of Scotland. Our collection of fine art is amongst the best in the world.

The purpose of the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) as set out in the governing legislation (the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985) is to:

  • care for, preserve and add to the objects in our collections;
  • ensure that the objects are exhibited to the public;
  • ensure that the objects are available to persons seeking to inspect them in connection with study or research; and generally to promote the public’s enjoyment and understanding of the Fine Arts;
  • and for those purposes to provide education, instruction and advice and to carry out research.
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