Board Members

Profile image of Applied Arts Scotland advisor, Ceramicist and business advisor Carol Sinclair, at work in her studio.

Carol Sinclair


Carol is a ceramic artist and graduate of Grays School of Art. She has been running her own studio for the last 28 years, formerly in Edinburgh before moving to Forfar in Angus in 2017. A keen collaborator Carol has been involved in a number of artist led initiatives, most recently as part of the Smart Plastics Group. She is currently a Director of Really Interesting Objects CIC and Poorboy Theatre Company, and has been a supporter of Applied Arts Scotland since its inception in 1990. Carol has been working as a creative business adviser and trainer for the last 17 years, with clients including Cultural Enterprise Office, NESTA and the British Council, with international projects in Iceland and Thailand. Carol currently represents craft on the Creative Industries Advisory Group to the Scottish Government, was a specialist adviser for the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) and member of Creative & Cultural Skills Council employers groups, Scottish and Crafts.

Fiona Thompson

Fiona Thompson

Fiona's main focus is on one-off ceramic pieces for exhibition. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Sunderland, and established her practice in 1995. She has exhibited widely throughout the UK, and in mainland Europe and North America. Other activities include national and international residencies, private and public commissions, collaborative projects, teaching and writing for publications. Fiona also runs Cyan Clayworks, a social enterprise and educational ceramic studio.

Jeweller, Caroline Finlay in her workshop

Caroline Finlay


Caroline graduated from Grays School of Art. She is now a full-time designer maker based in Fife with many years experience teaching jewellery in Further Education. Working predominantly with silver and vitreous enamel, Caroline explores different techniques, textures and finishes, creating tactile, contemporary jewellery pieces.

Pamela Conacher

Pamela has over 35 years experience supporting the development of creative careers, enterprise and the creative economy in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and beyond. She achieves this by nurturing creative talent and businesses through general and specific support, including mentoring, training, advice, networking, project development and consultancy.

 Pamela provides advice to organisations and individuals to develop and support creative talent in the wider rural economy and believes in the sustainability of rural communities through a strong and professional creative economy.

Through her previous post with HI~Arts, as a founding Director of Emergents CIC and as a specialist sector advisor with HIE/XpoNorth Pamela works with a wide range of organisations including Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Creative and Cultural Skills, High Life Highland, Craft Scotland, British Crafts Council and Business Gateway.

Pamela also an advisor for RIO (Really Interesting Objects) and a Director of Glenuig Community Association and GlenuigNet CIC.  

Maggie Broadley

Graduate of the Glasgow School of Art in 1997, Maggie exhibited sculptural ceramics across the UK. Elected Professional Member of Visual Arts Scotland in 1999, she served on its Selection and Hanging Committee for several years. She has successfully operated as a sole trader for 4 years, working on increasingly large-scale decorative artwork projects for the hospitality sector.

Taking a part time post in 2004 as Craft Development Officer for a community led project which had very big ambitions, fully intending to get back to making work for exhibitions, things didn’t quite work out that way! As CEO of Craft Town Scotland, she worked to position Craft and makers as the drivers of a remarkable list of achievements for the village of West Kilbride; VisitScotland 4 star Visitor Attraction 2006, Enterprising Britain winner 2006, Creative Place Award winner 2012 and Great British High Street ‘Best Village’ winner 2015.

One of the professional high points of Maggie's last 13 years has been to secure funding and develop the Barony Centre, which launched on 1 May 2012. Since then, Craft Town Scotland has been the only destination in Scotland that has celebrated and promoted contemporary craft through a programme of exhibitions in a dedicated craft focused venue, coupled with craft studios that are open to the public on a weekly basis throughout the year.

Claire Heminsley

Claire is a textile and multi media artist living in Fife. She is a graduate of The Glasgow School of Art and has run her own business for over years. She is the chair of Off The Rails Arthouse in Ladybank.

Kathryn Williamson


Art school trained with over 12 years professional experience in the London jewellery industry, Kathryn moved back to her native Fife in 2000 to start her own jewellery business and to fulfil her ambition to live by the sea.  Her jewellery is created in her Pittenweem workshop overlooking the Firth of Forth. Kathryn works to commission in gold, platinum and precious stones, with over 20 years experience in this specialist area.

Scott McIntyre

Scott McIntyre is the Director and Co-Founder of Vanilla Ink Jewellery School & Studios in Glasgow. A top class goldsmith with over 23 years experience in the trade, Scott has created amazing pieces for a wide and varied number of workshops across Scotland. A highly skilled stone setter and wax carver, he uses his intense level of training to ensure he’s at the very top of his game. A passion for the passing on of skills and heritage is deep-rooted within Scott’s working ethos. He and his business partner Kate Clifford aim to educate, inspire and empower the jewellery trade, creating a bridge between learning and industry. Scott uses the methods he has finely honed over time to ensure that each student leaves his department with an improved skill set and a far greater knowledge of jewellery making.

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