Four new non-executive directors have been appointed to the board of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the national agency for towns.

As prominent figures from the local authority, heritage, social enterprise and youth charity sectors, they bring new experience and expertise at a time when the agency is preparing to help towns through the recovery phase of the coronavirus crisis.

The new directors were appointed following a competitive recruitment process and join a cross-sector board of key stakeholders in Scotland’s towns and improvement districts.

Launched in 2014, STP coordinates policy and activity to promote the resilience and vibrancy of the nation’s diverse towns, such as through learning events, campaigns, support and data tools, and information sharing.

The new members of Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s board are:

Claire Carpenter, Founder & CEO of The Melting Pot – Scotland’s Center for Social innovation

Hilary Kidd, Smart Services Director at Young Scot

Fergus Murray, Head of Development and Economic Growth with Argyll and Bute Council

Alison Turnbull, Director of Development and Partnership at Historic Environment Scotland

Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, said:

“We’re very pleased to announce the appointment of four new directors to the board of Scotland’s Towns Partnership. They bring a valuable mix of skills and expertise at a critical time for our towns, and help to ensure that STP is able to bring all the key stakeholders in our towns together. We look forward to benefiting from their input as STP helps to coordinate the recovery from the crisis. We also continue to encourage the public to ‘think local’, supporting their local businesses and communities however they can while also continuing to follow public health advice”.

Claire Carpenter said:

“I grew up in a huge declining market town, with terrible transport infrastructure, urban planning and vision for identity: a sprawling and commuter town. But the world is different now. I believe towns have an opportunity to become desirable and even a ‘destination’ again. We’ve a long way to go - but the future is coming - how, where and when we work is changing. Better towns can facilitate a better quality of life for many and for our collective future. Let’s crack on with it”.

Hilary Kidd said:

“Young people are experts of their own experiences and the current and future users of Scotland’s town centres. As such, their thoughts, feelings and ideas should be at the heart of any plans to regenerate Scotland’s towns. The STP and Young Scot partnership is a fantastic way to make this happen.”

Fergus Murray said:

“I have a particular interest in the viability of small rural towns and how they support the wider rural economy. I strongly believe in encouraging new business in our town centres and providing local people with the right skills to take best advantage of the places where they live”.

Alison Turnbull said:

“I am delighted to be appointed to the board of Scotland’s Towns Partnership.  I am interested in how heritage and creativity connect to towns, in particular heritage-led regeneration.  There are many fantastic examples of this in Scotland.  The current crisis is raising some interesting questions about towns, place and society and I look forward to exploring these in my board role”.



More information about Scotland’s Towns Partnership can be found here.

Biographies of each member of Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s board can be read here.

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