Our Authors

  • Adrian Cox

    Adrian is an archaeologist in the Cultural and Natural Resources Team. He advises on archaeological matters at our properties in care and leads on the team’s outreach activities.

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  • Aimee Bertram

    Aimee works in the marketing department focusing on events and all the fabulous properties in the south of Scotland. She mostly blogs about upcoming events, our magnificent online shop and everything about the year of innovation, architecture and design - look out for her blogs that'll take you behind the scenes with Scottish designers.

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  • Alex Paterson

    Alex Paterson is the Chief Executive of Historic Environment Scotland. He has been in this role since September 2016.

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  • Ali George

    Ali is a Communications Officer, whose role involves helping tell the many stories of Historic Environment Scotland in new and interesting ways - from working with members of the press, to running social media channels, to blogging.

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  • Allan Rutherford

    Allan works in the Heritage Directorate dealing with designation work relating to Scotland’s nationally important archaeological sites and ancient monuments. Allan’s interest in Scotland’s heritage began through his study of medieval castles but now encompasses everything from Mesolithic shell middens to Second World War anti-invasion defences.

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  • Andrew Burnet

    Andrew Burnet works in the Interpretation Unit at Historic Environment Scotland and was the main author of Mary Was Here, about the travels of Mary Queen of Scots. His epic poem for children about Picts and Vikings has yet to find a publisher.

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  • Barbara Cummins

    Barbara Cummins is the Director of Heritage for Historic Environment Scotland.

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  • Catherine Middleton

    Catherine works in the Heritage Management Directorate dealing with casework relating to Scotland’s nationally important gardens and designed landscapes. Outside of work, she is a keen gardener and walker.

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  • Catherine Mylles

    Catherine is responsible for the digitisation of historical aerial imagery to service commercial orders. She joined us in 2015, after completing a Masters Degree in Landscape and Environment History at the University of Edinburgh.

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  • Charlotte Wong

    Charlotte has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of California, which included an exchange programme at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. She has recently completed an M.Litt in Material Culture and Artefact Studies at the University of Glasgow, and has experience of working with a wide range of archaeological material.

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  • David Harkin

    David works within our Conservation Directorate, looking in detail at the impacts climate change will have on our properties, and the wider historic environment.

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  • David Mitchell

    David joined our organisation in 2002. He became Director of Conservation in 2008 and took over as acting CEO in April 2016. He has a particular interest in industrial heritage and the Scottish architectural iron founding industry.

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  • Deirdre Cameron

    Deirdre joined Historic Environment Scotland a frighteningly long time ago when it was the Historic Buildings and Monuments division of the Scottish Office. These days, she is a Senior Casework Officer in the Heritage Directorate where she deals with monuments casework. Her claim to heritage fame is undertaking the first (intentional) fully submerged underwater site inspection by a member of HES staff.

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  • Donna Laidlaw

    Donna works in the Digital Team and looks after our websites, making sure they are kept up-to-date. She's also managed several projects, including the new Edinburgh Castle website.

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  • Duncan Ainslie

    Duncan provides support to the Estates team of the Conservation Directorate. With a background in History he enjoys learning about the significance of our properties and the stories we’re able to perpetuate through our conservation work.

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  • Eleanor Mitchell

    Eleanor works as Sustainability Officer within our Conservation Directorate. Her role involves raising awareness of our Climate Change projects and is involved in waste minimisation and improved resource use in the organisation.

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  • Elizabeth McCrone

    Elizabeth is our Head of Designations. She is responsible for decisions about designations relating to listed buildings and scheduled monuments as well as the battlefields and gardens and designed landscapes inventories.

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  • Fiona Fleming

    Fiona works in our Interpretation team and loves telling the stories of our properties in care. Her favourite site changes with every new project but she has a particular soft spot for medieval castles and cathedrals.

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  • Gareth Cheeseman

    Gareth joined our organisation in 2008. He’s worked in interpretation, helped community groups to repair and regenerate historic buildings and written about the cultural significance of buildings. Finally he’s ended up doing digital content for the Engine Shed project in Stirling.

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  • Gemma Lubbock

    Gemma Lubbock works as a Roving Steward for Historic Environment Scotland. When she isn’t working in fantastic castles and amazing abbeys, she is reading and writing books, having just self-published her first novel Dancing in the Mists of Time and riding about the countryside on a gypsy cob.

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  • Gordon Smith

    Gordon is an Assistant Ranger, based at Holyrood Park. Whether at work or in free time he enjoys exploring the great outdoors.

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  • Grant Thomson

    Grant is a Communications Officer and works in media relations helping to promote all areas of our work. He covers everything from a new exhibition opening at Duff House to the launch of a strategy.

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  • Guest Blog

    From time to time we have guest posts from partners, visitors and friends of Historic Environment Scotland.

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  • Hazel Johnson

    Hazel works in the Heritage Casework Team, giving advice on the historic environment. She also has extensive outreach experience.

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  • Karen McKenzie

    Karen McKenzie trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now known as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) as an actor and drama educator. Since 2006, Karen has worked with heritage organisations across the country delivering training on historic tour guiding for young people and visitor staff alike.

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  • Keith Potts

    Keith joined HES as an Assistant Ranger in May 2015 and is based at Holyrood Park. He enjoys the outdoors and the huge variety of tasks involved in the job ensure that every day is interesting and different. In his spare time, Keith enjoys reading and running – with particular favourites being the paths and trails in the Pentland Hills and – of course – Holyrood Park.

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  • Kim Beasley

    Kim Beasley is the ScotlandsPlaces Project Officer. She is an archivist who is also studying for a PhD. When she's not thinking about old things she's probably taking photographs of her guinea pigs.

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  • Laura Brown

    Laura works in the Membership team, and was previously based at Craigmillar Castle. She is fascinated by Scottish history, and especially the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Her must-see sites include Crichton Castle, Linlithgow Palace and Dryburgh Abbey.

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  • Laura Gray

    Laura works in the events team helping to deliver incredible events such as Spectacular Jousting and The Rock of Ages, to name but a few. Blogging to help deliver an insight into the life of an event organiser and tricks of the trade.

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  • Laura Mackenzie

    Laura works in the Archaeology and World Heritage Team. She has visited thirty five World Heritage Sites and counting, mostly for pleasure but occasionally for work as well. These include sites in Scotland, North Africa, Thailand, Libya and Iran. The only Scottish World Heritage Site she has not visited yet is St. Kilda. When not planning to add to this list she supports her team with their work and is responsible for organising World Heritage promotion, meetings and events including World Heritage Day.

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  • Laura Masterton

    Laura works in the public services team answering questions on our archives and supplying images for everything from family history research to biscuit tins.

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  • Lucy Vaughan

    Lucy Vaughan is our Head of Conservation for the North of Scotland. As an accredited conservation architect, Lucy has a keen interest in architecture, design and craft skills and enjoys working closely with our local communities.

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  • Lynsey Haworth

    Lynsey works in the Collections Unit and is responsible for the care of objects relating to properties in central Scotland. This includes documentation, collections care, research and outreach, and risk management. She is based in Edinburgh, but spends a lot of time out and about working at various properties across the region.

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  • Matt McCabe

    Matt is an Interpretation Ranger based in Edinburgh who enjoys protecting the wildlife of the park and educating people about what a special place Holyrood Park is. He says that there are few greater joys than being up high a looking down on a kestrel hovering below (unless you’re a mouse that is!).

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  • Maya Hoole

    Maya currently works in our Data and Recording team. She manages the ‘Archaeology InSites’ project and works on the Canmore database. In her spare time you’ll find her wandering around prehistoric monuments and researching Bronze Age beaker burials.

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  • Melissa Viguier

    Melissa works as a Ranger at Holyrood Park. She really enjoys the fresh air, and incredible variety of tasks in the job. In her spare time she runs a charity working on Ancient Craft and Ancient Farming projects.

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  • Miles Oglethorpe

    Miles Oglethorpe is Head of Industrial Heritage at Historic Environment Scotland, and has been involved with the Forth Bridge since just prior to its centenary in 1990.

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  • Moses.Jenkins

    Dr Moses Jenkins is Senior Technical Officer with our Technical Research team. He studied history at Stirling and Glasgow universities, and recently completed a PhD in traditional brickwork at Dundee University.

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  • Peigi MacKillop

    Peigi MacKillop is the Digital Resources Officer for Scotland’s Urban Past. The job has highs and lows, the lowest being on the floor with the ‘Banana Juniors’ of Dumbiedykes making cardboard cities, the highest being at the top of St. John’s tower, Ayr with the ‘Friend’s of St. John’s Tower’.

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  • Rachel Pickering

    Rachel Pickering works in the Cultural & Natural Resources team. As Cultural Resources Advisor she is responsible for providing archaeological and historical advice on Historic Environment Properties in the Edinburgh region. This includes commissioning research, advising on archaeological matters relating to the sites in care, and contributing to interpretation projects.

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  • Rebecca Bailey

    Rebecca is our Head of Education and Outreach. She specializes in Architectural History, and has a wide range of fundraising, project development and education experience. She is also President of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums.

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  • Richard Strachan

    Richard has been working in archaeology for over 25 years and is our Senior Archaeologist. He heads up the Cultural and Natural Resources team and manages all the archaeological works to the properties in care.

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  • Richard Welander

    Richard Welander is the Head of Collections at Historic Environment Scotland. When not cleaning crowns, he usually occupies his time archiving and presenting historic relics, as well as evaluating the value of archaeological finds as part of the Scottish Archaeological Finds and Allocations Panel (SAFAP).

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  • Ruairidh Graham

    Ruairidh is responsible for Gaelic policy at HES and spends his spare time organising Gaelic events. - Tha Ruairidh os cionn poileasaidh na Gàidhlig aig ÀEA, is tha ùidh aige ann an eagrachadh cuirmean Gàidhlig san ùine spàir.

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  • Sabine Kurz

    Sabine works in the Digital Team looking after the our social media channels and blogs. In her free time, you can usually find her out and about with her beloved camera.

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  • Sally Gall

    Sally works in the Interpretation Unit, and loves the writing and research involved in telling tales of the castles, abbeys, cairns and factories in our care – especially when this involves folklore and music.

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  • Sarah Connolly

    Sarah Connolly works as the Business Support Officer to the Director’s Office within the Conservation Directorate, and is currently seconded to the Collections Unit as Assistant Collections Manager. She has a BA (Hons) in Printmaking from Gray’s School of Art and a Post Grad in Museum Studies from the University of St Andrews.

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  • Sean Gallen

    Sean is an HR Business Partner, working closely with all areas of HES to ensure they have the appropriate staff resources needed to undertake their interesting work. He is fascinated by the complexity and specialisms within the organisation, and is amazed at some of the career paths/opportunities available. He often visits sites, but with over 70 across the country doesn't get to as many as he would like!

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  • Sian Evans

    Sian is the Islands and World Heritage Visitor Services Manager, based at Skara Brae, and whose role includes supporting site teams at our staffed properties on Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles which includes sites spanning Neolithic to Modern.

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  • Sofia Antonopoulou

    Sofia works with the Digital Documentation team, focusing on the use of digital technologies to document heritage sites and objects. She has always loved old buildings and currently spends most of her time laser scanning historic sites all across Scotland.

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  • Steven Blyth

    Steven works in the Digital Team at Historic Environment Scotland. When he’s not working on developing our new and existing websites he’s blogging about them, as well as his experiences visiting our properties from a digital media perspective.

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  • Steven Robb

    Steven works in the Heritage Management Directorate leading a team that deals with historic buildings casework on the east side of Scotland from Aberdeenshire down to the Borders. The team deals with many high-profile developments involving listed buildings and conservation areas. Steven has recently published a paper on Edinburgh’s public washhouses and is currently researching the inter-war housing of Edinburgh’s City Architect Ebenezer MacRae.

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  • Tobias Brockie

    Tobias Brockie is a former journalist and digital project officer with Historic Environment Scotland. He currently works at Edinburgh Castle's Whisky and Finest Foods shop.

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  • Wendy Malkin

    Wendy works in our Conservation Directorate, and her role involves developing the public events and exhibition programme at the Engine Shed, Scotland's Building Conservation Centre.

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