Creative Scotland (Severance Package for Chief Executive)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 11th December 2012.

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Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

Creative Scotland’s accounts will be published next year, and there will clearly be disclosure of the package as part of those accounts. Such accounts are regularly published after the financial year ends on 31 March.

The agreement with Mr Dixon is a confidential matter, and the board has been decisive in its actions. It has issued a statement, which was published on Friday. I am not sure whether the member has seen it, but it has been well received by the cultural community and by artists, who have commented that they think that the board has recognised the issues and that it needs to move on.

The board will change Creative Scotland’s operational structure to use staff knowledge and expertise more effectively, and it will establish internal and external forums to allow artists, creative practitioners and staff to contribute to policy development. Long-term funding will be offered, and there will be changes to the perceived hierarchy in its funding operations.

There is an opportunity for Creative Scotland to move on. We have a very strong artistic sector and a vibrant cultural scene in Scotland, and it is incumbent on all of us to ensure that the organisation can move on. Andrew Dixon has resigned, but more has to be done with the organisation. The board’s statement and the actions that it announced on Friday are a good step forward in that direction, and the sector has recognised that.