Board Directors

Play Scotland Board Directors and their biographies.  

Heather Armstrong

I am an arts professional with extensive experience delivering child-led arts practice, and in particular harnessing the transformational power of the arts and creativity to improve the lives of our youngest citizens. I have particular expertise using the arts and creativity to deliver key Scottish Government Early Years policies, including Curriculum for Excellence, Pre-Birth to Three Guidance, Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC), Closing the Attainment Gap and fulfilling Scotland’s Commitment to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Liane Bauer

Liane is a chartered member of the Landscape Institute and member of the Architektenkammer Berlin. She has 13 years of experience as a Landscape Architect, in which she has worked in New Zealand, Australia, Germany and the United States. Since relocating to Scotland Liane has served as Director at City Design Cooperative, is currently an Associate at rankinfraser landscape architects and has co-founded UrbanPioneers Landscape Architects and an Associate at rankinfraser landscape architecture. The work of her own practice focuses on socio-political work. Through extensive work with schools and local authorities Liane has developed a particular interest in play and the current limitation for free play in our society. With her office UrbanPioneers Liane has published an article for Architecture + Design Scotland on „Invest more, not less“ in Outdoor Learning as part of their  Better Briefing for Education Benefit series and has interviewed Edinburgh pupils about their way to school with the intension to create a playable city. 

Liane is also a co-producer of the Architecture Fringe. Initiated by a group of architects, designers, landscape architects, photographers, engineers, visual artists, curators and musicians the Architecture Fringe is an independent contributor-led series of projects and events across the arts which explores architecture and its impact. 

John Cleary, Treasurer

Since graduating in 1983 I have worked for Aiton & Co Chartered Accounts in different positions. Starting as a trainee CA and finishing up as Senior Partner in 1994.

Voluntary work for Trustee, Hayfield Ltd.  A charity providing support services for deaf people with special needs and  ‘Tax Help for Older People’ A service providing free tax advice where required.

Have been a Play Scotland Board Director since 2009 and Treasurer since 2010.

Married with 4 children.

Calum Duncan

Calum established Calum Duncan Architects after 17 years with Malcolm Fraser Architects. Significant project experience included working on the Stirling Prize shortlisted Dance Base in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket; Dance City, Newcastle with a multi-use programme of flexible dance studios.  Within Berwick-upon Tweed’s historic town walls, a Conservation area, Calum was project architect for Berwick Workspace, involving a new building within the tight historic pattern, including: workspaces, conference and flexible community use. Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, for the University of Edinburgh, is the first listed building to achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’.  This alteration of the significant Old High School building was a complex project from the perspective of conservation, access requirements and sustainability.  This experience demonstrates Calum’s interest in, multi-use building programmes and a sensitive modern design approach with an understanding of conservation issues and a strong environmental agenda, but without the sacrifice of quality of design or function. 

Ross Dunn, Company Secretary

I have been in the role of Play Services Officer for North Lanarkshire Council for the previous four years. Prior to that I worked as a freelance circus skills instructor and play work trainer for ten years.

My involvement in the play sector stretches back to 1993 during which time I have worked for various local authorities, served as development officer with a national play charity and lectured on traditional street games in both Scotland and the USA. I have served on the board of Play Scotland since 2009.

During my spare time I enjoy snowboarding, puddle jumping and the occasional game of conkers.

Harry Harbottle, Chair

Harry has experience of working at a high level in statutory, voluntary and private sectors so he is well placed to understand the benefits and risks of working in all three when it comes to generating quality public places. For 20 years he was appointed as an expert to the European Commission in consumer safety and child safety. He is also a co-author of a guide to the European Standard for the Safety of Playground Equipment, published DIN, the German Standards Organisation and now available in 6 languages. He is currently on a European Standards Organisation (CEN) working group looking at playground safety in relation to children with special needs.

Through working with Richter Spielgeraete, operating out of Bavaria, Harry spent much of his time helping to establish innovative and exciting playspaces across Europe. His home is in SW Scotland which he uses as the base for his other business activities in Britain and Ireland.

He is a frequent speaker on the international scene particularly on the subject of the balance between play value and safety and passionately believes in allowing all children the chance, through play, to reach their full potential whatever their ability or circumstances. He considers that if all adults had a mission to improve the independent mobility of children then they, and all of humanity, would have a better world in which to live and thrive. After many years of campaigning, he remains committed to promoting the opportunities for children to develop self-protecting behaviour through being allowed to explore the world in which they live within a framework of managed risk taking.

Paul Liddell

Paul is current National Officer and former Interim National Head of BBC Children in Need in Scotland.  He is the first point of contact for hundreds of organisations funded to support disadvantaged children and young people across the nation.  BBC Children in Need are one of the biggest independent funders of play in the UK and Paul is one of the charity’s Play Champions.  His experience of grantmaking spans almost 13 years, coming to BBC Children in Need from the Big Lottery Fund where he managed the Young Start fund and the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund.   

Louise Scott-McKie

Louise Scott-McKie is a lecturer in Primary Education at the University of the West of Scotland.  She has particular interest in ‘opening up’ education for those who often slip through the margins.  This has led to her focus on play and outdoor learning.