What We Do

Our Vision

Fife will be a culturally vibrant and rewarding place to work, study and visit.

Our Mission

Enriching lives in Fife.

Our Purpose

We provide creative, entertaining and learning experiences that enhance the quality of life, through our partnerships and in our museums, galleries, libraries and theatres.

Our Values

Inclusive, creative, trusted, enabling and integrity.

Our Network

Fife Cultural Trust, on behalf of Fife Council, manages and operates 42 high quality venues across Fife.

Our diverse portfolio consists of:

Theatres, Libraries, Museums & Archives, Mobile Museum, Mobile Library Service & Galleries

For the financial year ending 31 March 2017 we recorded an annual turnover of
£11,973,816
(£10,785,048 in 2016-17)

526 people help us to enrich lives in Fife

281 permanent staff, 62 temporary, 183 casual

The majority of our employees live across the whole of Fife.

Our People

Management Team

Heather Stuart

Chief Executive Officer

Heather Stuart

Chief Executive Officer

My early career was in local government, working in community development and regeneration, European and external affairs, and cultural and community services. Since then my roles have spanned both the public and private sectors including the Scottish Government and starting new businesses. The common threads throughout my career are culture, community, and change.

As well as being a member of the Institute of Directors, Board positions include the King’s Theatre Kirkcaldy, Vice Chair of Pitlochry Festival Theatre, and former Chair of VOCAL, the national association of culture and leisure managers.  In 2017 I was delighted to be recognised at the Scottish Womens’ Awards for my contribution to arts and culture.

Kirsty Keay

Director of Corporate and Commercial Development

Kirsty Keay

Director of Corporate and Commercial Development

Before joining the Trust I was CEO with Volunteer Dundee, having acquired strong experience of the public and charity sector. Prior to that I was the national suicide prevention programme manager at SAMH, the Scottish Association for Mental Health. Before SAMH, I worked in the police.

Michelle Sweeney

Director of Creative Development and Delivery

Michelle Sweeney

Director of Creative Development and Delivery

I take a values-based, innovative and coaching orientated approach to life and business. A natural connector of ideas, I thrive on challenge and have significant experience of leading organisational change across a broad spectrum of services. Passionate about creativity and culture and their impact on all aspects of our lives, I relish the opportunity to push thinking and explore new, creative, and courageous ways of steering a purposeful course through complex and shifting agendas.

Dallas Mechan

Manager for Museums, Archives & Galleries

Dallas Mechan

Manager for Museums, Archives & Galleries

Born and educated in Dundee, now living in Edinburgh, it’s probably fair to say I was made in Fife.

Since moving from Architecture to Museums, I have spent over 30 years working with amazing people and wonderful collections. The opportunity to discover and share people’s stories through them every day is a privilege.

Joanne Tierney

Operations Manager

Joanne Tierney

Operations Manager

I have nearly 30 years experience in operations, heath and safety and HR gained in different industries over the years, from retail to property to banking and finance to architectural visualisation – all of which I loved. I am inspired by people every day and how our efforts can make a positive difference to the experience of those around us, whether it be our clients, customers or colleagues. I live in the West of Scotland with my husband, 2 amazing teenagers and slightly batty Parson’s Terrier.

Karen Taylor

Partnerships and Creative Development Manager

Karen Taylor

Partnerships and Creative Development Manager

I love being busy – involved in events here at the Trust, or in my community but I also love to curl up with a good book, get lost in a movie, or day dream on a beach. All experiences that are good for the soul.

James Marshall

Transitional Catering Manager

James Marshall

Transitional Catering Manager

I have 3 real passions in my life; my family, my work, my volunteering. I work to support my family and I volunteer to support my community. All of this brings me joy and great fulfilment.

Laura Crielly

Marketing and Audience Development Manager

Laura Crielly

Marketing and Audience Development Manager

With over 20 years of theatre, marketing and operational management including 6 years as Marketing Manager for ONFife, I am delighted that my role is expanding its focus on customer engagement right across the Trust, ensuring customers are at the heart of everything we do.

June Souter

Libraries Service Development Manager

June Souter

Libraries Service Development Manager

Librarian by day, crafter by night. Having gone from Library Assistant right up to Service Development Manager I’m passionate about the lifetime role of the library and about helping  ONFife Libraries to ‘Connect, Discover, Grow’.

David Gordon

ICT, Performance & Systems Team Leader

David Gordon

ICT, Performance & Systems Team Leader

Verdi Clark

Programme Manager

Verdi Clark

Programme Manager

I have been Programme Manager since April this year but I have almost 20 years’ experience of programming theatre in Fife. Matisse once said creativity takes courage and programming takes creativity.

The Board

Dr David Caldwell (Chair)

Retired Archaeologist, Historian & Museum Curator

Dr David Caldwell (Chair)

Retired Archaeologist, Historian & Museum Curator

Brian Lawrie (Vice Chair)

Retired Accountant

Brian Lawrie (Vice Chair)

Retired Accountant

Dr Frank Quinault

Retired Director of Learning & Teaching Quality, University of St Andrews

Dr Frank Quinault

Retired Director of Learning & Teaching Quality, University of St Andrews

Frank is a retired academic and former chair of the Byre Theatre, St Andrews.

Jenni Steele

Head of Film and Creative Industries, VisitScotland

Jenni Steele

Head of Film and Creative Industries, VisitScotland

Experienced communications manager with over 20 years in the tourism and PR industry across business, corporate and consumer sectors.

Working with film distributors, production houses, location managers, publishers, academia, local authorities, tourism businesses, arts and literary organisations to create opportunities for Scotland around film and cultural tourism.

Specialties: Extensive experience of working with international and UK media and PR; event organisation; partnerships and collaboration; arts marketing; cross sectoral development; screen tourism specialist and advisor.

Due to other commitments Jenni left the Board 14, November 2017. We would like to thank her for her significant contribution to our organisation.

Fiona Davidson

Self Employed HR Consultant

Fiona Davidson

Self Employed HR Consultant

Prof Nic Beech

Professor of Management & Vice Principal of the University of Dundee

Prof Nic Beech

Professor of Management & Vice Principal of the University of Dundee

Sarah Scarlett

Retired Solicitor

Sarah Scarlett

Retired Solicitor

Sarah is a retired solicitor with experience in corporate and business law. She is a trustee of two community charities and is involved in local tourism. Sarah has a love of theatre, reading and music.

Derek Bottom

Leadership Consultant

Derek Bottom

Leadership Consultant

Derek has a background in Financial Services covering a range of disciplines including customer service, sales, marketing, operations, e-commerce, and risk. Since his retirement, he has held board roles on several large charities and is also involved in numerous community development projects in Dunfermline.

Cllr Lesley Backhouse

Fife Council appointed
(From 14th July 2017)

Cllr Lesley Backhouse

Fife Council appointed
From 14th July 2017

Prior to her election as a councillor, Lesley was a Forensic Accountant for the UK Government for 26 years and is currently a Registered Childminder.

Cllr Graham Ritchie

Fife Council appointed
(From 14th July 2017)

Cllr Graham Ritchie

Fife Council appointed
From 14th July 2017

Cllr Jane Ann Liston

Fife Council appointed
(From 14th July 2017)

Cllr Jane Ann Liston

Fife Council appointed
From 14th July 2017

Jane Ann was born in Edinburgh and has an MA and a BSc from the University of St Andrews. She is a former IT professional with a variety of financial institutions, and has been an elected representative for St Andrews for 13 years.

Cllr Ian Cameron

Fife Council appointed
(From 14th July 2017)

Cllr Ian Cameron

Fife Council appointed
From 14th July 2017

Ian is an ex-academic, current councillor for Kirkcaldy East and Tourism spokesperson for Fife.