SSW Board of Trustees

The SSW Board of Trustees are responsible for overseeing and safeguarding the legal, financial and strategic direction of SSW, as set out in the current and future business plans. The biographies of SSW’s current Board of Trustees are below.

Dr Jennifer Clarke is the Chair of the Board of Trustees. Jennifer is an anthropologist, artist and educator, currently Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies at Gray’s School of Art. Her research combines and explores the boundaries of art practice and anthropology. Her projects are grounded in socially engaged, trans-disciplinary ‘art-anthropology’, developed through residencies, workshops, and exhibition-making in Japan, Taiwan, and the UK, working with whatever media and modes seems appropriate. As part of the project Knowing from the Inside: art anthropology, architecture and design” (2013-2018) with Prof. Tim Ingold, she responded to post-disaster Japan; producing a series of exhibitions, through printmaking, photography, installation work, and performance. Following the birth of her son in 2018, Jen continues to develop explicitly feminist approaches to artistic and curatorial work, often in collaboration.

Dr George Jaramillo is an Assistant Professor of Design for Heriot-Watt University at its Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels. As part of the School of Textiles and Design, his main focus is on cross-disciplinary design innovation and innovating on traditional design thinking processes. His research deals with the interplay between landscape, heritage, and sensory methods.  In understanding these ideas, new creative industries and capacities can be developed to create the future heritage of the region. He was also Studio Lead of the MDES programme in Design Innovation at The Glasgow School of Art and completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh in cultural geography. Prior to his academic career, he was an architectural and heritage practitioner with over eight years of experience in New York City and Yosemite National Park.

Alyson Millar has worked in education administration for 25 years, initially in primary schools before moving into university research, postgraduate and project administration.  She was responsible for budget monitoring, finance and administration of a large collaborative European Research Council funding project at University of Aberdeen, “Knowing From the Inside: art, anthropology, architecture and design” (2013-18), with Professor Tim Ingold and Dr Jen Clarke.  During this 5 year project, Alyson ensured funding directives were met, and compiled the financial and scientific reports for the ERC.

Stephen Murray is an Artist and technician based in Edinburgh, having worked throughout the UK, and further afield for more than 20 years. He is currently a Technician at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and has been a long-term user of SSW since 2005, as an artist-in-residence and Technician among other roles. Stephen has created both solo and collaborative projects dealing with site, community, material and process, including as part of artist collective GANGHUT. Making is a central activity within Stephen’s practice. He is inspired by collaboration, site and action.

Donnie Ross worked in the NHS in London, Aberdeen and Canada from 1967-2003, and as the Medical Director of NHS Grampian from 1994-2003. Throughout this time, Donnie published technical research papers and creative writing, delivered talks and performances, played guitar and discussed the nature of ambiguity over lunch with the Dalai Lama. As the Founder-member of Grampian Hospitals Art Trust in 1985, and Chair from 2003-2014, Donnie has given talks on ‘Arts as Medicine’ and similar topics. Together with others he originated “The Healing Environment” concept in healthcare, adopted by NHS Grampian. Currently Donnie makes paintings, guitars and 3-D works in a home-made shed near Aberdeen.

Sue Savege has over 25 years’ experience in business development, project management, and fundraising, including the management and growth of a highly acclaimed environment charity operating in the Lake District National Park, the creation of a small publishing business; a career in mountaineering with the National Mountaineering Centre; and delivery of a range of fundraising strategies, funding plans, and business development services for third sector, cultural heritage and social enterprise.

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