OnFife CEO joins CLUK as new board member

Published on: January 7th 2022

The Chief Executive of Fife’s Cultural Trust – OnFife – has been appointed as a board member of Community Leisure UK.

Heather Stuart has worked in central and local government as well as the private sector. 

She joins the team as the Culture Director bringing a wealth of experience including roles in community development and regeneration, European and external affairs, culture and leisure. 

Her career has included roles as Director of Regeneration at Communities Scotland, Head of Cultural and Community Services at Perth and Kinross Council; and supporting Ministers in Scottish Government on issues including local government, public service reform, regeneration, social inclusion and cultural policy. 

Heather said: “I am delighted to be joining a strong group of board members determined to make a difference, not just, for the Leisure and Culture Trust sector but also the people the sector serves.

“Our sector, like all businesses, has been through a turbulent two years. But by working together, and sharing our knowledge and expertise, I am confident we can navigate a road to recovery and secure our sector’s future.” 

As Chief Executive of OnFife – Fife’s Cultural Trust In Scotland, Heather has a responsibility for delivering high quality libraries, museums, arts, archives, and theatre services across 40 venues.  

Community Leisure UK is a members’ association that specialises in representing charitable leisure and culture trusts across England, Scotland and Wales.

Phil Rumbelow, Chair of the board of Community Leisure UK, said: “We are delighted Heather is joining us and bringing a wealth of cultural experience to the board.

“All of Heather’s work experience has focused on leading change and working in, with, and for communities.

“A massive thank you to outgoing Culture Director Emma Hutchinson for all her advice, guidance and support over the last five years. Emma has driven the cultural work of the organisation with energy and passion, both through Chairing the Culture Special Interest Group and championing culture on the Board, which has seen the culture work of CLUK develop significantly as a result.”

Heather is a Member of the Institute of Directors, a board member of Love Oor Lang Toun (an independent community organisation in Kirkcaldy, Fife) and Fife Chamber of Commerce. She is also the Vice Chair of Pitlochry Festival Theatre.