Janet Archer (r) at an evidence session for the Scottish Parliament's culture committee earlier this year

Creative Scotland's chief executive steps down

Robert Picheta, 24.07.2018
Departure comes after controversy over the body's funding decisions
Janet Archer has stepped down as the chief executive of Creative Scotland after five years, following a controversial period at the organisation.

Archer was criticised in January for approving 100% cuts on 20 arts companies, including some that work with children and the disabled, a decision which resulted in two board members resigning.

During an evidence session for the Scottish Parliament’s culture committee, Archer said she was “profoundly sorry” for how the process was handled and promised a “root-and-branch review” of how funding decisions are made.

Iain Munro has taken over as the acting chief executive, replacing Archer, who joined the body in 2013 and left at the end of June.

Archer said: “It has been an honour to work closely with and to serve Scotland’s artists and creative communities over the past five years.

“Over the past five years, we have supported artistic excellence, and equalities, diversity and inclusion.”

She also noted that Creative Scotland had recently secured an additional £19.8m from the Scottish government.

Archer will receive six months of her annual salary, which was between £115,000 and £120,000 last year, in lieu of her notice period.

Robert Wilson, chair of Creative Scotland, said: “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Janet for everything she has achieved over the past five years and the important contribution she has made to Creative Scotland, to the arts, screen and creative industries and to public life in Scotland more broadly.”