Introducing our special guest

Heather Stuart is Chief Executive of Fife Cultural Trust, which was established on 1 October 2012 and leads a dedicated staff of 400 delivering high quality libraries, museums, arts, archives, and theatre services for Fife’s communities across over 50 venues.  Born and brought up in Kirkcaldy, Heather has worked in central and local government and in the private sector. Her working experience includes community development and regeneration, European and external affairs, and cultural and community services. Her career has included roles as Chief Executive of the Scottish Objective 3 Partnership for Scotland securing £300m of funding,  Director of Regeneration at Communities Scotland leading the change and transition from Scottish Homes a, and prior to her current post, Head of Cultural and Community Services at Perth and Kinross Council.  Heather has held various roles in the Scottish Government supporting Ministers on local government, public service reform, regeneration, social inclusion, and cultural policy. All of Heather’s work experience has focused on leading change and working in, with, and for communities.  She has worked in the arts and culture sector for over 15 years.  Heather is a Member of the Institute of Directors, a Board member of the King’s Theatre Kirkcaldy, and Vice Chair of Pitlochry Festival Theatre, and received a national award for her contribution to arts and culture, at the inaugural Scottish Womens’ Awards 2017.  Outwith work, she is an Assistant Governor in the international charity Rotary (working to support local communities and a range of good causes), and, as a keen golfer, became the first female Club Captain at Kirkcaldy Golf Club in 2017. She also loves skiing both on and off piste!