Grand Gallery at the National Museum of Scotland. © National Museums Scotland 01

Four new trustees appointed to the Board of National Museums Scotland

The Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development and Minister with Special Responsibility for Refugees from Ukraine, Neil Gray, today announced the appointment of Professor Monojit Chatterji, Stephen Dando, Dr Bridget McConnell and Beth McKillop as Members of the Board of National Museums Scotland.

Professor Monojit Chatterji is an established academic with an international profile. He is currently an Honorary Professor of Economics at Heriot Watt University and Emeritus Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Dundee.  He is also a Bye Fellow at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge following on from his stints as Fellow and Director of Studies in Economics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and previously the same position at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.  He has considerable public policy experience in the UK with the School Teachers Review Body, Welsh Remuneration Board and Speakers Committee for IPSA as well as chairing the National Joint Council of the Fire Service.

Stephen Dando has led Human Resources in a number of large international organisations spanning both the public and private sectors.  He was a Managing Director at Bain Capital, with a human capital remit across Europe portfolio companies, until his retirement in December 2021, and is currently a Senior Adviser at the firm.  Prior to this, Stephen was Chief Human Resources Officer at Thomson Reuters, and Director, BBC People, serving as a member of the group executive committee at both.  During his earlier career he held numerous generalist and specialist HR roles at Diageo, United Distillers, Austin Rover and Ferranti.  He has also held various advisory and trustee roles, including at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Engage For Success Foundation and the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.  He received an MBA from the University of Edinburgh and a BA (Hons) from the University of Strathclyde.

Dr Bridget McConnell is currently a council member of the UKRI’s Arts & Humanities Research Council, board member of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and Festival UK22/Unboxed, Honorary Vice President of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a non-executive director of Scottish Power Renewables Ltd.  Bridget is an experienced Chief Executive, Board Member and Chair with a record of achievement in leading and delivering significant service improvements, major capital developments and world-renowned events in the cultural and sports sectors.  Career highlights include the 2022 reopening of the Burrell Collection, the opening of the Riverside Museum (European Museum of the Year in 2013), the 2012 opening of the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Veladrome, and a leading role in securing and implementing the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2018 European Championships held in Glasgow and Berlin.  A graduate of St. Andrews and Stirling Universities, Bridget has honorary degrees from Glasgow, Aberdeen and St. Andrews Universities and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was made a CBE in 2015 for services to culture.

Beth McKillop has wide experience and expertise in museum collections and development.  She was Deputy Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, from 2011 to 2016.  She has published and lectured about the arts of China and Korea.  Educated in Glasgow, Cambridge and Beijing, she lives in London and maintains strong family links with Scotland. She is currently a senior teaching fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, and a senior research associate at the V &A. She was president of the Oriental Ceramic Society from 2018 to 2021 and has a book on the history of Korean ceramics in preparation.


The appointments will be for four years.  Stephen Dando and Beth McKillop will commence their appointments on 1 September 2022 until 31 August 2026.  Professor Monojit Chatterji and Dr Bridget McConnell will commence their appointments on 1 April 2023 until 31 March 2027.

The appointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The appointments are part-time, with a time commitment of 12 days per year.  Appointments to the Board of National Museums Scotland are not remunerated.

Other ministerial appointments

Professor Monojit Chatterji, Stephen Dando, Dr Bridget McConnell and Beth McKillop do not hold any other public appointments.

Political activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.

Professor Monojit Chatterji, Stephen Dando, Dr Bridget McConnell and Beth McKillop have had no political activity within the last five years.


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About National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in the UK and Europe and it looks after collections of national and international importance. The organisation provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display. 

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