1 January 2019back

Arts & Business Scotland Chair Diana Murray appointed CBE in New Year’s Honours

Arts & Business Scotland is delighted to learn that, in her capacity as Chair of Arts & Business Scotland and for services to cultural heritage, Diana Murray has been appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) as part of Her Majesty the Queen’s 2019 New Year’s Honours List.

Diana assumed the role of Chair of Arts & Business Scotland in May 2016. She has worked in the cultural and historic environment sector for over 40 years and was the Chief Executive of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) and latterly, joint CEO of Historic Scotland (HS) until October 2015 when Historic Environment Scotland (HES) took over the roles of both organisations.

Diana retired from HES at the end of 2016. She is an Honorary Fellow of both the Society of Antiquaries and the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh as well as being a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Scottish Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Institute of Directors. For many years, she was a non-executive director of the National Trust for Scotland and recently stood down from an eight-year term as a board member of the Scottish Waterways Trust. Diana is also currently a Trustee with a number of organisations including the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh, the Scottish Seabird Centre and the Scottish International Education Trust.

Arts & Business Scotland Chief Executive David Watt said:

“On behalf of everyone at Arts & Business Scotland, we are absolutely delighted to learn of Diana’s CBE honour and to offer her our heartfelt congratulations.

“As recognition for everything Diana has done to champion Scotland’s cultural heritage over the past 40 years – and continues to do in her role as Chair of the Arts & Business Scotland board – it is thoroughly deserved.

“We are very fortunate to have had the benefit of Diana’s knowledge, experience, passion and insightful leadership since her appointment in May 2016 and I know that the whole board looks forward to continuing to work with her over the coming year.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Full details of the 2019 New Year’s Honours List can be accessed at www.thegazette.co.uk.

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Arts & Business says …

“On behalf of everyone at Arts & Business Scotland, we are absolutely delighted to learn of Diana’s CBE honour and to offer her our heartfelt congratulations.

“As recognition for everything Diana has done to champion Scotland’s cultural heritage over the past 40 years – and continues to do in her role as Chair of the Arts & Business Scotland board – it is thoroughly deserved.

“We are very fortunate to have had the benefit of Diana’s knowledge, experience, passion and insightful leadership since her appointment in May 2016 and I know that the whole board looks forward to continuing to work with her over the coming year.”