Meet our Board
They gather around six to eight times a year and are responsible for approving the direction set out by our Management Team. They also provide general oversight of our practices to ensure the proper management of the organisation.
Our Board Members' Registers of Interests are reviewed each year and updated as required.
Professor Anne Anderson
Anne is a firm believer in the importance of raising Scotland's profile on the world stage and the broader value of international partnerships. She holds a number of non-executive roles including deputy chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission; UNESCO director and advisor to the British Council (Scotland). She recently retired from her executive role as Vice Principal at the University of Glasgow where she was active in building links to among others Canada, USA and China.
Rebecca is Managing Director of Abbey UK, a leading destination management company, and part of the Abbey Group, with offices in Edinburgh, London and Dublin. A graduate of St Andrews University graduating in Modern History, she has worked in international inbound tourism since 2001. Rebecca is an Executive Director and co-owner of the Abbey Group, a non Executive Director of the Scottish Tourism Alliance as well as a non executive Director on the VisitScotland Board. Rebecca is also a former Chair of the Scottish Destination Management Association.
Cathy is the Commercial and Memberships Director of Entrepreneurial Scotland; an organisation dedicated to supporting Scotland's entrepreneurs. She is an experienced Director who has worked across a number of disciplines and industries. With expertise in sales, marketing, business development and change management,
Cathy has been involved in tourism development for the last six years within Scotland and has a track record of improving visitor numbers as well as developing visitor experiences at both CalMac Ferries and ScotRail. Cathy is also a Director of Argyll & Isles tourism Co-operative and a supporter of Women in Tourism group. Voted one of Scotland's top 100 women in Tourism 2017, Cathy plays an active role in the promotion of destinations and individuals within the industry. She is also an avid traveller throughout Scotland and is particularly fond of sampling the local prevenance.
Stephen is a Civil Engineer graduate from Edinburgh University, who now farms in Orkney. He served as Convener of Orkney Islands from 2001-2012 and was the spokesperson for Development, Economy and Sustainability with The Convention of Local Authorities (CoSLA) from 2012-2017. Other previous posts include being Chair of Orkney Ferries and as a Non-Executive Director with NHS Orkney and the North of Scotland Water Authority. He is presently a Non-Executive Director with David MacBrayne Limited.
Stephen has a good understanding of remote and rural areas and brings an abundance of experience of partnership working with the public, private and third sectors along with strong leadership skills.
Dr Keith Nicholson
Keith is a former internationally acclaimed professor with appointments worldwide, including in a UN-funded Institute in New Zealand. He is an award-winning company director and a leading expert in Scotland on Cyber Security and is a member of the Scottish Government’s National Cyber Resilience Leaders Board and widely viewed as a public sector security specialist. He is also the founder of Cyber Security Scotland and works as an independent consultant.
Caroline is a Chartered Accountant and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at VisitScotland. She joined our Board in 2016.
Formerly an Audit Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLP she holds a number of Non-Executive Director positions which include Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a UK listed Investment Trust. Caroline has over 30 years’ business experience advising boards in a range of industry sectors as well as experience as a Non-executive Director and as a Committee Chair. Her experience covers small businesses to large listed companies including hotel, leisure, retail, technology and business services organisations both in Scotland and internationally. She was a member of PwC’s Supervisory Board, the UK firm’s governance body, and was a member of PwC UK's Audit and Risk Committee, Strategy and Government Committee and Risk Council.
Steven is currently Executive Chair at Blazing Griffin, a Scottish digital entertainment company. He is a former Managing Director of Scotsman Publications, News International Scotland and The Scottish Children’s Lottery. Most recently he was the Director of Corporate Development at STV Group Plc. He brings significant leadership skill and valuable e-commerce, digital media, marketing and brand development expertise.