Staff & Trustees

staff team

Director – Lesley Young

Lesley has a background in visual arts curating and production. In 2021 she worked with Sean Lynch to make Tak’ Tent O’ Time Ere Time Be Tint, a co-commission between Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and Edinburgh Art Festival 2021. She is a founding member of the curatorial co-operative Chapter Thirteen and between 2007-10 initiated and ran The Salford Restoration Office with James N. Hutchinson, curating exhibitions with Jeremy Deller, Dan Shipsides and Artur Zmijewski, and developing projects with Imogen Stidworthy and Katya Sander. She is based in Glasgow.


Admin & Marketing Coordinator – Evie Edwards

Evie works across both Bothy Project and Bothy Stores. She joined the organisations in 2022. Prior to this, she worked at Jupiter Artland as the Digital, Arts & Admin Assistant. Evie studied Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art and continues to pursue a creative practice. Most recently, she has worked with The School of Cyborg to produce a digital art workshop at the NEoN Digital Arts Festival 2021 and has returned to ECA as a guest lecturer. She is based in Edinburgh.



Host, Sweeney’s Bothy – Lucy Conway

Lucy is the host for Sweeney’s Bothy, Isle of Eigg where she has lived since 2004. Lucy is an experienced freelance creative producer, who has developed and managed a wide variety of theatre, art and exhibition projects. After five years in the role as a Director of the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust she has recently stood down, but remains amazed by what community ownership has enabled Eigg’s residents to achieve since the buyout in 1997.



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Iain MacLeod is an architect and co-founder of Bothy Project. In 2019, Iain established Studio IMA, an Edinburgh-based chartered architecture and design practice. Iain founded the practice following fifteen years of rich and varied industry experience throughout the UK and internationally. Alongside his practice, Iain contributes to the work of Bothy Stores, which was set up in 2017 as Bothy Project’s trading arm.




Jon Macleod is a practising Artist, Curator and Producer (An Lanntair and Grinneabhat), with a particular focus on Residencies. He was a member of the SCAN curatorial network, Taisbean and was recently awarded a Churchill Fellowship to Fogo Island, Newfoundland, researching the role of creativity in revitalising island communities. He is on the advisory group of Climavore and works a croft on the west-side of the Isle of Lewis.




Laura McSorley is a Curator and Producer originally from the Black Isle. Now based in Dundee, Laura has experience supporting artists at the early stages of their careers in her previous roles at GENERATOR Projects, Edinburgh Art Festival and as part of curatorial collaboration two of cups. Laura was part of the British Art Networks Emerging Curators group in 2021 and is currently working as Assistant Curator on a major UK-wide commission.




Jemma Neville is an author and journalist with a background in human rights law. As Scotland Director of national arts charity Creative Lives, she is passionate about nurturing self-expression and connecting the people and places to best support that. After working and living around the world, she is now at home in rural East Lothian raising young children. She is also a Trustee of The Dewar Arts Awards.




Dr Dominic Paterson works at the University of Glasgow where he teaches 20th and 21st century art and theory and is curator at The Hunterian Art Gallery. Dominic has recently worked with Elizabeth Price to realise the major exhibition Underfoot; in 2022 with Charlie Hammond, on Workaround, and in 2018 Still Moving: The Films and Photographs of Ulrike Ottinger.




Calum Shields is an economist based in London and has experience in both the public and private sectors where he has undertaken various analytical roles. Commencing his career in Edinburgh, he contributed to proposition design for a pensions firm before moving to an economist position within The Department for Business and Trade.





Laura Simpson has experience of working with artists and audiences through her work as Director of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and previous roles including at Hospitalfield and Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.





Matthew Arthur Williams is a visual and sound artist, photographer and DJ. His major solo exhibition Soon Come was presented at DCA, Dundee in 2022-23. Before joining Bothy Project’s board he’d been a resident at both Sweeney’s Bothy and Inshriach Bothy.




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