Biographies

Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and popular authors. His highly successful No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has sold over twenty million copies and his books have been translated into over forty-six languages and become bestsellers through the world. Other popular series of books by Alexander include 44 Scotland Street, Corduroy Mansions, The Sunday Philosophy Club and over 30 books for children. Alexander initiated the Great Tapestry of Scotland project and is Co-Chairman of the project.

Alistair Moffat


Alistair Moffat is a festival director and historian. He spent several years in charge of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, before becoming Director of Programmes and Chief Executive of Network Production for Scottish Television. In 1999 he became the Director of the Lennoxlove and Borders Book Festivals. He is currently Lord Rector for the University of St. Andrews. His recent books include The Reivers’ and The Scots: A Genetic Journey. His books regularly feature on the Scottish bestseller lists, and many have been made into television or radio series. Alistair is the Co-Chairman for the Great Tapestry of Scotland project and is responsible for advising the board on historical content.

Andrew Crummy

Andrew Crummy trained as an illustrator at Duncan of Jordanstone college of Art. He has since worked for New Musical Express, The Observer Magazine, Design Week, Creative Review, and Time Out Magazine. He has developed multiple large scale, collaborative artworks in public and community settings across the world, and has been involved with a range of book publications, multimedia events, festivals and educational programmes. In 2005 he was chairman of the Craigmillar Communiversity when they were awarded the Saltire Award for a Short Scottish Documentary at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Most recently Andrew, in addition to his role as Convenor of the Prestongrange Arts Festival, was the principal artist and illustrator of the Prestonpans tapestry. Andrew is the artist and designer for the Great Tapestry of Scotland project.

James Naughtie

James Naughtie is an author and radio presenter. Since 1994 he has been one of the main presenters of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He has previously worked for The Press & Journal, The Scotsman, The Guardian, and The Washington Post. Naughtie was voted Sony Radio Awards- Radio Personality of the Year in 1991 and Voice of the Listener and Viewer Award in 2001. Naughtie was also installed as chancellor of the University of Stirling in 2008. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Great Tapestry of Scotland project.

Lesley Kerr WS

Lesley Kerr is an experienced private client practitioner. Formerly a partner and associate with McKay Norwell WS where she headed up their property marketing department and dealt with legal matters for a major international charity she is now a consultant with Blackadders LLP involved with private client work and the administration of charitable trusts. She is a Trustee of the Pirie Rankin and Great Scottish Tapestry Charitable Trusts and is very proud of having contributed to the stitching of the Tapestry.

Hugh Andrew

Hugh Andrew is the Managing Director of Birlinn Ltd., Scotland’s largest independent publisher. After studying history at Oxford University Hugh progressed through the book trade working in book shops and as a sales rep. He founded Birlinn in 1992 and was also joint managing director of Canongate for four years. Birlinn now publishes approximately 200 books a year, with a particular focus on Scottish interest titles. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Great Tapestry of Scotland project.

Dorie Wilkie

Dorie Wilkie has always been interested in textiles, sewing clothes and making ‘things’. In the 1980s she founded the Bonnyrigg patchwork group, and went on to study for a City and Guild in Art, Design and Embroidery at Telford College with further studies at Leith School of Art. After answering an advert for volunteers, Dorie became the stitch co-ordinator for the Prestonpans tapestry project. For the Great Tapestry of Scotland she is responsible for supervising sewing techniques, running workshops, visiting the stitching groups to offer advice, co-ordinating all of the volunteers, keeping spirits high and preparing the finished tapestry for exhibition.

Jan Rutherford and Anna Marshall

Jan Rutherford, Director of Birlinn Ltd and owner and MD of Publicity and the Printed Word works with Anna Marshall to manage the exhibition and tour of the Tapestry along with publicity, merchandising and future-planning. They are ably assisted by Kristian Kerr.