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Executive Committee

​The Executive Committee consists of the Chief Executive and the three operational Directors responsible for day to day management of the Trust.

They are accountable to the Trust membership through the strategic oversight of the Board of Trustees.

Philip Long, Chief Executive

Philip Long, Chief Executive

Philip Long has worked in culture and heritage throughout his professional career.

Prior to joining the Trust, he was Director of V&A Dundee, an international museum in Scotland with a mission to enrich people’s lives through the understanding of the designed world, its heritage and its vital role in our future. He was the founding director, appointed in 2011 to lead the development and establishment of all aspects of this cultural institution from early planning, capital development and opening.

V&A Dundee is the first design museum in Scotland and the first V&A in the world outside London. It opened in 2018 to the approved budget of £80.11m with all capital funding secured and long-term public revenue support agreed. Five hundred days from opening, V&A Dundee welcomed its one millionth visitor.

Under Philip Long’s leadership the museum received international critical recognition - including by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 greatest places of 2019 - and delivered exceptional impact. In its first year, it had contributed value of £75m (GVA) and had supported 2,143 (FTE) jobs across Scotland, compared to pre-opening estimates of £23m (GVA) and 604 jobs.

Before V&A Dundee, Philip was Senior Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland. His academic specialisation was developed during this time, in historic and contemporary Scottish and wider British art and design, on which he has curated many exhibitions and written widely. For the National Galleries of Scotland, he worked closely on the development of Artist Rooms, an outstanding collection of international art, shared with museums and galleries across the UK, of £130m in value and acquired in partnership with Tate through the support of the UK and Scottish Governments and Art Fund.

Philip’s international work has included the curation of Scotland’s presentation at the Venice Biennale (2007), responsibility for the UK presentation at the Milan Design Triennale (2016) and advising museums and government agencies on the development of new cultural and heritage organisations.

He is an Honorary Professor of the University of Dundee, an Honorary Research Fellow of St Andrews University, a member of the British Council’s Arts and Creative Economy Committee, and a Board member of Creative Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and in 2019 was the recipient of a unique award for Transforming Scotland from the Institute of Directors.

He received an OBE in the New Year’s Honour List in 2020 for services to Culture and Heritage.

Louise Page, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Services

Louise Page, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Services

Louise is originally from Kinross and is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University and has practised her profession in the fields of Global Asset Management, Private Equity, Investment Banking and Venture Capital Trusts.

Among the sectors she has worked in are charities, legal, manufacturing and hospitality. From 2010-2017, Louise worked with BlackRock, one of the world’s pre-eminent asset management firms and a premier provider of investment management. Latterly she was leading global implementation of new systems for the business’s marketing and project management and prior to that was Chief Operating Officer for marketing in Europe, the Middle East and Asia as well as being Director of Global Billing Projects. Before BlackRock, Louise was with the Noble Group Ltd, Royal Bank Private Equity and Houston Rooney.

Patrick Duffy, Chief Operating Officer

Patrick Duffy, Chief Operating Officer

Patrick has been with the Trust since 2013. His role encompasses the operational and performance leadership of Trust properties and how they are supported.

With a career in both the private and charity sectors, Patrick initially worked in retail management in Ireland before moving to the UK, also within the retail sector. Leadership roles in the charity sector include the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the Zoological Society of Ireland. Latterly he was Managing Director of Cardiff Airport and has also served on the board of a public-private tourism and destination marketing company in South Wales. Patrick graduated with an MBA from Cardiff University and is also a graduate in Forestry from Bangor University (MSc). In his spare time, he has also studied through Leicester University’s School of Museum Studies (MA in Heritage & Interpretation). His motivation for joining the National Trust for Scotland is the opportunity to support its role in furthering the value and enjoyment that Scotland’s diverse heritage has to offer.

Mark Bishop, Director of Customer & Cause

Mark Bishop, Director of Customer & Cause

Mark has worked in the voluntary sector for more than 15 years, including at Prostate Cancer UK, Leonard Cheshire Disability and the Royal British Legion. Mark’s role is to help the Trust communicate even more effectively about the amazing places we have for everyone to visit and how everything we do is about conserving what matters for generations to come.

Prior to joining the voluntary sector, Mark worked in book publishing and television. He undertook a degree at Stirling University and is a father of three children who are new to Scotland but are getting out to castles, coastlines and other great sites run by the National Trust for Scotland pretty much every weekend.