University of Edinburgh Advisory Board

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Edward Hollis

Edward Hollis studied Architecture at Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities; and practiced as an architect for six years, first in Sri Lanka, in the practice of Geoffrey Bawa, at that time the ‘grand old man’ of Sri Lankan Architecture, famous for his garden of follies and ruins at Lunuganga; and then in the practice of Richard Murphy, well known for his radical alterations to ancient and historic buildings in and around Edinburgh.

In 1999, Edward Hollis began lecturing in Interior Architecture at Napier University, Edinburgh, working with students both in the design studio, and in more theoretical disciplines. In 2004, he moved to Edinburgh College of Art, where until 2012, he now ran undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Interior Design.

Since 2012, Hollis has acted as Deputy Director of Research across Edinburgh College of Art, co-ordinating our submission to the Research Excellence Framework 2014 in Art, Design and History of Art, as well as assisting staff in developing research interests and projects of their own.

Working with follies and ruins in Sri Lanka, with modern interventions to historic buildings in Scotland, and in the notoriously slippery discipline of Interiors, has focussed Hollis’ research and theoretical thinking on building stories and narrative structures connecting time, folk tale, and the built environment.

Edward Hollis is currently involved with plans to revive the ruins of Gillespie Kidd and Coia’s seminary at Cardross. His first book, ‘The Secret Lives of Buildings’: a collection of folk tales stories about mythical buildings was published in 2009; and his second ‘The Memory Palace: a book of lost Interiors’ was published in 2013.


Candace Jones

Candace Jones received her PhD in Business Administration from the University of Utah. Her dissertation was on the film industry and her dissertation was titled ‘Toward an understanding and theory of network organizations’. She has a Masters in Human Resource Management from the University of Utah, and graduated Cum Laude from Smith College, Northampton, MA, in Government, specialising in political theory.

She was the Division Chair for Organization and Management Theory Division, Academy of Management from 2011-2016.

She has organized and co-convened the Creative Industries subtheme at EGOS (European Group of Organization Studies) with Silviya Velikova Svejenova and Jesper Standgaard Pederson from 2002-2016.

With Eva Boxenbaum, Renate Meyer and Silviya Svejenova, she was awarded a grant of $797,529 from 2014-2016 to study ‘The Impact of Material Artifacts and Visual Representations on the Institutionalization of Innovations’ by the Danish Council for Independent Research.



Faith Liddell OBE


Faith Liddell is an experienced Scottish creative producer, programmer, cultural entrepreneur and consultant who has worked in key strategic and creative roles across art forms for the last twenty five years specializing in the creation and development of high profile national and international projects, collaborations and festivals. She has been instrumental in creating and consulting on the development of organisations, projects and approaches that aspire internationally on a creative level, while connecting to economic development,innovation, education and community agendas. From 2007 to 2015 she was Director of Festivals Edinburgh, a new organisation designed to take the lead on the joint strategic development of all 12 of Edinburgh’s major festivals and to sustain Edinburgh’s pre-eminence as the world’s leading festival destination. She worked with the member festivals to make the case for their cultural, social and economic importance and attract significant additional investment into the festivals and their collaborative programmes across impact research, programme development and investment, international working, innovation, environmental practice and cultural destination marketing. In 2015 she won the Creative Edinburgh Leadership Award, received an OBE for services to the arts and was made a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Cultural Relations in the University of Edinburgh and member of Edinburgh’s Cultural Task Group.


Dorothy Miell

Dorothy is a Vice-Principal at the University of Edinburgh and is Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The College is one of three in the University and includes all social sciences, arts and humanities research and teaching across 11 Schools with over 21,000 students and around 3,500 staff. Since taking up her post in March 2010, Dorothy has strengthened the University’s ties with many of Scotland’s national cultural organisations and festivals as a board member and through agreements which support collaborations linked to the University’s research, teaching and community engagement. Prior to coming to Edinburgh, Dorothy was Professor of Psychology and Dean and Director of Studies of the Social Sciences Faculty at the Open University. She continues to engage in research which focuses on understanding the social and communicative aspects of creativity – particularly in collaborative activities such as music making. Dorothy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and is a past President of the British Psychological Society. She is on the board of Scottish Opera and is a Council Member of Edinburgh International Festival. Dorothy is also a member of the City of Edinburgh Council Culture Task Group and is a member of the UK Council of the Creative Industries Federation.


Sir Jonathan Mills


Jonathan Mills is a prominent, Australian-born, composer and festival director, who resides in the UK. In the 1990s he worked in the Architecture Faculty of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, leading courses in acoustic design. He is the composer of several award-winning operas and works for chamber ensemble and orchestra. His opera Eternity Man was recognised by a Genesis Foundation commission in 2003 and his oratorio Sandakan Threnody won the Prix Italia in 2005.

 He has been director of various festivals in the Blue Mountains (near Sydney), Brisbane, Melbourne and Edinburgh, UK where he was the director of the Edinburgh International Festival between 2007 and 2014.

He is currently Director of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, a UNESCO recognised biennial dialogue, held in conjunction with Edinburgh’s summer festivals, a Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh and Vice-Chancellor’s (Professorial) Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

His work has been recognised by awards from the governments of Australia, Britain, France, Poland and South Korea.


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