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Our Commissioners

The appointment of the Chairman and Commissioners is made by the Queen on the advice of Scotland’s First Minister under the regulation of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland.


Who are the Commissioners?

Chairman: Professor John R Hume, OBE, BSc ARCST, Hon FRIAS, FSA Scot

John R Hume is Honorary Professor at the Universities of Glasgow and St. Andrews. He was for 20 years a lecturer in Economic and Industrial History at the University of Strathclyde, and was for 15 years first a Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments, then of Historic Buildings with Historic Scotland, retiring as Chief Inspector of Historic Buildings in 1999. He has published a wide range of books and articles on the industrial archaeology and historic buildings of Scotland, and is currently Convener of the Committee on Church Art and Architecture of the Church of Scotland and an advisory member of the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland.

Vice Chairman: Dr Gordon G T Masterton OBE Hon DTech BA MSc DIC FREng FRSE FICE FIStructE FIES MCIWEM

Dr Masterton is Vice President, Jacobs Engineering, based in Glasgow. He is a civil engineer with international experience in major infrastructure projects and is currently the UK government's Project Representative for Crossrail, Europe's largest construction project. He is a former President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, former Chairman of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust and former Trustee of the Forth Bridges Visitor Centre Trust. He is currently President of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering's panel in Scotland, and Chairman of the Construction Industry Council. In 2011 he launched the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame.

Secretary (Chief Executive): Mrs Diana Murray MA FSA FSAScot MIFA

Mrs Murray has an MA in Archaeology and Anthropology from Cambridge University and has been employed by RCAHMS since 1976. She was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 1977 and of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1986. She was elected chair of the Institute of Field Archaeologists, the professional body for archaeological practice in Britain from 1995-6 and set up the Register of Archaeological Organisations which helps to set and maintain standards for the profession. She has lectured and published extensively on information systems for archives and the importance of public access to such data.

Kate Byrne MA MSc CEng MBCS CITP

Kate Byrne has worked as an IT Manager in various organisations including the National Library of Scotland and RCAHMS. She is a specialist in database technology and information management and has worked on many projects concerned with widening access to archive data, including SCRAN and Resources for Learning in Scotland. She is currently based in the Human Communication Research Centre at Edinburgh University, as a research student in Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing.

Mr Tom Dawson FSA Scot

Tom Dawson is a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews where he works on coastal archaeology and community projects. He has worked as an archaeologist for many years and helped supervise several large-scale excavations, including the Fleet Valley project with the Museum of London and the Elms Farm excavation in Essex. He has also worked in Japan, Sri Lanka, France and Italy. Since 2000, Tom has been the manager of The SCAPE Trust, a charity which researches and promotes the archaeology of Scotland's coast. He also co-ordinates Shorewatch, a national project that works with local community groups to locate, monitor and record archaeological remains that are threatened by erosion.

Mr Mark Hopton MBA Dip Arch BArch RIBA ARIAS FSA Scot

Mark Hopton is a partner in LDN Architects (formerly Law & Dunbar-Nasmith). He is an accredited conservation architect and works almost exclusively on projects involving the repair and adaptation of historic buildings. Major conservation projects that he has led or is currently leading include Stanley Mills in Perthshire, Newhailes in East Lothian and Parliament House in Edinburgh. He also serves on the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Conservation Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland (HEACS).

Dr Jeremy Huggett BA PhD MIfA FSA Scot

Dr Huggett is a Senior Lecturer and currently Head of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Glasgow. He has worked in the field of archaeological computing for 25 years both as a freelance archaeologist and as a lecturer. He has particular interests in the storage, retrieval and analysis of digital archaeological information and is currently a vice-Chair of the Archaeology Data Service Advisory Committee and a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of Internet Archaeology. He is on the Board of Management of Glasgow Archaeological Research Division (GUARD), an archaeological unit operating commercially from the University of Glasgow, and amongst his teaching responsibilities he runs a postgraduate vocational programme in Professional Archaeology.

Professor John Hunter BA PhD MIFA FSA FSAScot

Professor Hunter holds the Chair of Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham. Most of his survey and excavation work has taken place in Scotland, notably in the Northern and Western Isles, and he has particular interests in early Christianity, in later Iron Age society and in heritage management. He has also helped develop forensic archaeology and has published widely across many different fields of archaeological interest.

Mr Paul Jardine, BA, MBA, ACMA

Paul Jardine is the founder and Managing Director of Jura Consultants. He is an economist and accountant and provides research and consultancy services to the UK tourism, culture and heritage sectors. He has a particular interest in the built environment and the re-use of historic buildings. He has recently been involved in the preparation of audience development proposals and business plans for Rosslyn Chapel, Abbotsford House, the Royal Museum of Scotland, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Ms Jude Quartson-Mochrie BA (Hons), BArch (Hons)

Ms Quartson-Mochrie is an architect who has worked internationally in Paris, Berlin, Istanbul and London and is now based in Edinburgh. She has worked with several well-known practices including Foster & Partners and Troughton McAslan on a range of contemporary and historical projects. She also has a broad range of experience in gallery and exhibition design, which includes the ‘Architecture for All’ Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. She was formerly Communications Director for Gareth Hoskins Architects in Glasgow.

Elspeth Reid, MA, MA, DAA

Elspeth Reid is the Archivist for the Falkirk Community Trust and previously worked for a range of other archives in Scotland and Canada. She is a former Chair of the Society of Archivists, Scotland and a member of the Archivists in Scottish Local Authorities Working Group (ASLAWG). She has a broad range of experience in developing archives services and working with colleagues in archaeology, museums, libraries and the wider cultural sector.