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Executive Committee

​The Executive Committee consists of the Chief Executive and the two 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.

Katerina Brown, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Services

Katerina Brown, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Services

Katerina Brown joined the Trust as Chief Financial Officer on 31 August 2020, bringing extensive executive finance experience from the Asset Management, Energy and Property sectors. She has a track record in developing teams, leading innovative commercial solutions, process improvements and delivering exceptional results in challenging conditions. Most recently, she was with Grant Property and previously served with Ventient Energy and InterGen.

It was a ‘Love for Scotland’ that brought her to Edinburgh from London six years ago and she is keen to bring her financial skills and energy to the Trust to ensure that our properties are well supported, preserved and celebrated. Katerina is looking forward to helping steer the Trust through this tough time and to build an even stronger financial basis from which we can emerge more stable and robust than ever.

Katerina is Fellow Chartered Accountant, a member of the Chartered Securities Institute, a member of the Institute of Directors, and is a graduate of Economics from City University, London.

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.