Our Board

  • Our Board
The Board of Design Dundee Limited is made up of representatives from our founding partners and a number of independent members. The board has an independent chair.
 
Philip Long, V&A Dundee
Philip Long is the Director of V&A Dundee, recruited to lead the project in 2011. Initially trained as an artist and designer, he has worked in museums and galleries throughout his professional career, and has contributed to the development of many other arts organisations and initiatives. Previously he was Senior Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland, where he specialised in historical and contemporary Scottish art and design, producing numerous exhibitions and publications. He is passionate about the impact creativity can have on people's lives, and is proud to be responsible for the development of the first museum dedicated to design in Scotland.
 
Lesley Knox, Independent, Chair
Lesley Knox was appointed Chairman of V&A Dundee in March 2010. Brought up in Edinburgh, she moved into a career in international business, and for a number of years, has been involved with organisations concerned with fine arts, culture and heritage.
Lesley is Deputy Chairman of the National Galleries, and Independent Chairman of the Nominations Committee for the National Trust for Scotland. She is also a non-executive director of SABMiller Plc, Centrica Plc and Turcan Connell Asset Management Limited. She is also a trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland.
Lesley is also a textile artist and a keen collector of contemporary art. 
 
David Martin, Dundee City Council
David Martin, Chief Executive of Dundee City Council became a member of the V&A Dundee board in December 2014.
Studying at Glasgow University, David gained a BSc (Honors) and an M.Phil in town and regional planning. Throughout his career, David has held senior management posts with several local authorities, working in the fields of economic policy, business and property development, community planning, housing, finance and environmental services.
David has been an Executive Member of the Scottish Society of Directors of Planning and has held several directorships of both commercial and not for profit organisations. He is currently a non-executive director of the Dundee Rep.
David is also a member of the Serious Organised Crime Task Force chaired by the Justice Minister. 
 
Professor Sir Pete Downes, University of Dundee
Professor Sir Pete Downes joined the DDL Board in December 2009. Becoming Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee in 2009, his leadership has seen the University consistently rated best in Scotland for student experience by Times Higher Education and has achieved record levels of research funding.
As one of the UK’s leading biochemists, he has played a key role in establishing Dundee as a global leader in life sciences, making a significant impact on both the Scottish economy and the understanding and treatment of major diseases including diabetes and cancer.
Sir Pete was awarded the Colworth Medal of the British Biochemical Society in 1987 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1991 and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2009. He was honoured by the Queen with an OBE in 2004 and a knighthood in 2015. 
Appointed as a member of the board in March 2013, Mick McHugh is currently Scottish Enterprise’s Company Growth Support Director and Location Director for Dundee. With an MSc in Entrepreneurial and Business Studies, Mick has held a number of roles within Scottish Enterprise. His career with SE has provided him with extensive experience across a wide and varied range of economic development support, areas such as; High Growth Business Start -Up,  Inward Investment, SME Development, Supplier Development, Global Company Development and Project Management of some of SE’s largest strategic investments including the Advanced Forming Research Centre at Inchinnan. 
David Thomson, Independent
In January 2011, David became a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Directors for Dundee Design Limited. As a current Board member at DC Thomson, David oversees activity across the DC Thomson Group in his role as Director and Chief Operating Officer. He has held a number of positions at the private, family-run international media group that operates a global consumer business and one of the leading publishing houses in the UK. Having trained as a chartered accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, (PwC) David continued to work as a manager in the Project Finance Team until he joined DC Thomson in 2003. David is married with three children and lives in Dundee.
 
David Hunter, Independent
David Hunter joined the DDL Board in December 2014. David is a property professional with extensive experience in both executive and board roles in the property sector.  He was until 2005 managing director of Aberdeen Asset Management’s property investment business and has wide experience of investing in and developing property. He is currently chairman of a number of companies, both public and Private, including  ICG-Longbow, Custodian REIT and South African Property Opportunities. He is also a director or adviser to companies in India, France and the UK.
David is the Honorary Swedish Consul to Glasgow and in 2011 was awarded the Royal Order of the Polar Star. He has also been appointed Honorary Professor of Real Estate at Heriot-Watt University and was President of the British Property Federation in 2004.
 
Tristram Hunt, Victoria & Albert Museum
Our newest board member, Dr Tristram Hunt joined the V&A Dundee team in February 2017 when he became Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Formerly the Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central, he served as the Labour Party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education. Between 2001-2010, Tristram combined his post as Senior Lecturer in History at Queen Mary, University of London, with work as a history broadcaster for the BBC and Channel 4. He is the author of several books, most recently Ten Cities That Made an Empire (2014).
Tristram has served as a Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the History of Parliament Trust. He played a key role in helping to save the Wedgwood Collection from dispersal and is President of the British Ceramics Biennial. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Council of the Royal College of Art.
 
Graeme Logan, Education Scotland
Graeme Logan, Strategic Director at Education Scotland, joined the board in, July 2016.
Graeme is a member of Education Scotland’s senior leadership team and works closely with the Learning Directorate to provide educational leadership to the Scottish Attainment Challenge and is leading the development of a new National Improvement Framework.
In his previous role as Strategic Director, School Years, he had responsibility for supporting the curriculum, learning, teaching and assessment in the school years across Scotland. Graeme was responsible for leading national support for the successful implementation of Curriculum for Excellence.