Public Appointments: members reappointed to the Board of Architecture and Design Scotland

Public Appointments news release

The Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development and Minister with Special Responsibility for Refugees from Ukraine, Mr Gray today announced the reappointment of Kirsty Macari, Caroline Parkinson and Lynn Wilson as Members of the board of Architecture and Design Scotland.


Kirsty Macari MRTPI FHEA studied Planning and Urban Design before undertaking 14 years of diverse roles across local government and private practice. She joined the University of Dundee in 2017 and is a Lecturer in Architecture and Urban Planning. Kirsty is interested in the function and relationship of people and place and explores this through her current Professional Doctorate in Education focusing on experiential transdisciplinary education to support wellbeing. Kirsty is also a General Assembly member of the RTPI and has been elected as Convenor of RTPI Scotland for 2023.  She is also part of an independent UK wide digital taskforce considering the implications of digital for the future of planning. 

Caroline Parkinson is Sector Engagement Manager for the Creative Industries and Director of Creative for the Edinburgh Futures Institute having previously developed the sector plan and white paper for the creative industries for the Data Driven Innovation Programme within the University of Edinburgh. Prior to this from 2014-2018 she provided consultancy in the creative industries specialising in business development using design as a processfor business reorganisation, innovation and skills. From 2010-2014 she was Director of Film, TV, Music, Creative Industries, Skills and Innovation for the newly formed Creative Scotland, including design and architecture. She championed design in business initiating the campaign for a design policy for Scotland. From 2005 to 2010 she was Director, Scotland and Northern Ireland for the new sector skills council, Creative and Cultural Skills and worked closely with the Design Council regarding skills needs in design sector, and championed the resulting actions within the Design In Business Blueprint and established the Design Skills Alliance in NI.

Dr Lynn Wilson FRSA is a circular design practitioner, researcher, and educator, who recently completed a social science PhD at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, the focus of which, was consumer behaviour and the transition to a circular economy. Dr Wilson is the founder of Circular Design Scotland which provides consultancy support to businesses transitioning to circular business models and material practices and is currently a Creative Entrepreneur within the Creative Informatics Programme, University of Edinburgh, where she is developing a Circular Materials Repository. From 2013-2017, Dr Wilson was the Sector Manager - Textiles, Circular Economy team, Zero Waste Scotland, contributing to Making Things Last – A Circular Economy Strategy for Scotland. Prior to this role, she was Head of Development for PAS (2008-2013). During this time, she developed community engagement tools with PAS volunteer architects and planners and created a schools education programme (IMBY™) introducing the planning system to primary and secondary school children, commended by Education Scotland. Dr Wilson, has also been a Fellow of the Arts, Commerce and Manufacture (RSA) since 2015.


The reappointments will be for 4 years and will run from 1 June 2022 to 31 May 2026.

The reappointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The reappointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £178.57 a day for a commitment of up to 24 days per year.

Other ministerial appointments

Kirsty Macari, Caroline Parkinson and Lynn Wilson Caroline 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.   

Kirsty Macari, Caroline Parkinson and Lynn Wilson have had no political activity within the last five years.

Background about the Board

Architecture and Design Scotland  was established in 2005 to promote good architecture and sustainable design.

We do this by working with other organisations to encourage a focus on place that embraces good architecture and urban design.

We are an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body and our work supports the delivery of the Scottish Government’s objectives and outcomes as set out in the National Performance Programme (NPF).

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