Scotland: committee meeting minutes March 2022

Scotland: committee meeting minutes March 2022

Minutes of The National Lottery Heritage Fund Committee for Scotland meeting, held on 9 March at 10:00am. 

Members:    

  • Sam Anderson
  • Liz Davidson
  • Stuart Housden
  • Ray Macfarlane (Chair)
  • Fiona Maclean
  • Alice Mayne
  • Martyn Wade

Apologies:

  • None

Committee Business

1. Welcomes and apologies

The chair welcomed everyone to the last committee meeting of the financial year, held in person at Riddles Court. The chair noted that it was wonderful to meet as a committee in person for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

No apologies were noted.

The chair extended a warm welcome to:

  • the Heritage Fund’s UK Chair Dr Simon Thurley CBE, joining the Committee for Scotland meeting for the first time in person
  • Fiona Maclean, our new committee member who attended for the first time in person
  • Anne Jenkins, Executive Director and the executive representative for the meeting. The chair noted that Anne was appointed to the position in the interim following Eilish McGuinness being appointed as Chief Executive of the Heritage Fund.
  • Catherine Worswick Director of Marketing and Communications and Shiona Mackay, Head of Media and PR who were observing the meeting

2. Minutes from the last meeting held on 10 March 2021 and matter arising

Committee agreed the minutes and signed as an accurate record of the meeting.

No matters arising.

3. Declarations of interest

Fiona McLean declared an interest in the Paisley Museum Re-Imgained; HG-17-01600 (item 13).  Fiona McLean is a member of the Board of Trustees at Historic Environment Scotland which took a decision on the project at the time. It was considered that this represented a conflict of interest and it was agreed that she would absent herself from the room for the discussion.

4. Chair’s report

The chair updated the committee on the following areas:

  • Ray attended the Scotland Lottery Distributors Forum Chair and Chief Executives meeting with Tom Ingrey-Counter this month. She noted that the distributors would like to focus on ethical issues and wellbeing at future meetings.
  • Sam Anderson was thanked for shaping and delivering the two change workshops, which were successfully delivered to both staff and committee members in February
  • in addition, Fiona McLean was thanked for attending the Inverness Creative Academy funders’ preview event in February, in advance of their formal opening in the coming months
  • the chair confirmed that she met Neil Gray, Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development
  • the committee confirmed to the chair that they were content with the communications from the Governance team

5. Corporate update

Anne Jenkins, Executive Director of Business Delivery, provided an update on corporate activity. Key points noted were as follows:

  • Anne introduced herself to the committee, confirming that she is taking up the role as Executive Director for an initial period of six months following Eilish McGuinness moving to the role of Chief Executive for the Heritage Fund. 
  • Following the appointment of our Chair, Simon Thurley, and Chief Executive, Eilish McGuinness, the Heritage Fund is to look at the longer term objectives for the organisation.  
  • the Heritage Fund is currently looking at projects which may be impacted by the events in Ukraine
  • committee recruitment is currently underway across the UK with recruitment for the outstanding Scotland Committee posts to take place in late summer, early autumn

6. Scotland Director’s report

The paper was presented by Caroline Clark and highlighted the following key areas:

  • The Investment team are working alongside our ROSS consultants to offer support to grantees to help manage delivery risks currently being encountered in the sector. These include rising inflation, supply challenges and the availability of skilled labour.
  • The Engagement team continue to engage with key stakeholders, including close collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland on the programme, Heritage and Place which they announced at the end of January.
  • There continues to be considerable movement in staff within the Scotland team over the last quarter. The chair expressed thanks on behalf of the Scotland Committee for the work of the team during this period of considerable staff change.

7. Scotland budget overview

This paper was presented by Tom Ingrey-Counter, Head of Investment.  

Tom noted that the budget for Scotland in 2021–2022 is £16.4million, comprising of £12.2m for committee for this financial year. It was noted that the remaining budget for this meeting/financial year is £4,319,122.

Tom noted that there are four development round applications and one delivery phase (second round) applications and a grant increase for decision at this meeting. 

SFF Development round applications for discussion and decision

8. Heritage in the Making: Redevelopment of St Andrews Heritage; NL-21-000134

Grantee: St. Andrew’s Preservation Trust

Request: Development Grant of £58,938 (45% of total costs) and potential Delivery Grant of £480,688 (37% of total costs)

Project: This project will address the urgent need to redevelop the 17th Century St Andrews Heritage Museum & Garden in the conservation area of St Andrews. This will ensure its future sustainability and improve environmental performance.

The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a Grant of £58,938 (45%) and potential Delivery Grant of £480,688 (37%)

9. Scottish Co-operative Discover and Activity Centre; NL-21-00135

Grantee: West Calder & Harburn Community Development Trust Ltd

Request: Development Grant of £218,800 (68% of total costs) and potential Delivery Grant of £1,029,600 (25% of total costs)

Project: This is a community regeneration project to transform the Old Co-op Bakery in West Calder – a key birthplace of the Co-op movement – into an interactive heritage centre as a leading example of inclusion.

The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED Development Grant of £218,800 (68%) and potential Delivery Grant of £1,029,600 (25%)

10. Conversion of category B Listed Warehouses: NL-21-00066

Grantee: Hillcrest Homes (Scotland) Ltd

Request: Development Grant of £114,300 (27% of total costs) and potential Delivery Grant of £1,199,359 (14% of total costs)

Project: This Heritage Enterprise project is for the conversion and restoration of former jute warehouses in Camperdown, Lochee. They will be converted into affordable flats, while also enhancing the local area through landscaping and the reuse of building materials.

The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a development grant of £114,300 (27%) and potential Delivery Grant of £1,199,359 (14%).

11. Glasgow Youth Heritage and Inclusion Service; NL-21-00061

Grantee: Action for Children

Request: Development Grant of £125,060 (82% of total costs) and potential Delivery Grant of £553,104 (87% of total costs)

Project: This is a four year project youth project for young people from diverse ethnic communities throughout Glasgow to explore and celebrate their heritage.

The Committee for Scotland REJECTED a Development Grant of £125,060 (82%) and potential Delivery Grant of £553,104 (87%)

 12.  Prioritisation and decision

During the case-by-case discussions, the committee considered that:

  • Discovery Heritage in the Making: Redevelopment of St Andrews Heritage; NL-21-000134 (item 8); Scottish Co-operative Discover and Activity Centre; NL-21-00135 (item 9) and Conversion of category B Listed Warehouses: NL-21-00066 (item 10) represented a high priority for support.
  • Glasgow Youth Heritage and Inclusion Service; NL-21-00061 (item 11) to be rejected

13. Edinburgh Biomes; NL-21-00017

Grantee: Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Request: Award Grant of £4,000,000 (27% of total costs)

Project: This project will restore and revitalise the two category A-listed Victorian Palm Houses at the heart of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. It will re-display their rare and endangered historic plant collections, creating engaging new interpretation and delivering innovative new activities.

The Committee for Scotland AWARDED a grant of £4,000,000 (27%).

14.  Prioritisation and decision

The committee noted that they had sufficient budget to award this project rated as high and agreed to fund this Round 2 submission.

SF4 Grant Increase

15. Paisley Museum Re-Imgained; HG-17-01600

Grantee: Renfrewshire Council

Request: Grant Increase of  £1,123,200 to make a total grant of £4,956,200

Project: A grant increase is being sought due to cost increases that have been incurred on the redevelopment project at Paisley Museum. This is a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. 

The Committee for Scotland AWARDED a grant increase of £1,123,200 to make a total grant of £4,956,200

Papers for Information

17. Policy and Public Affairs report

Frankie Toner, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Scotland, noted the key ministerial engagement that has taken place since the previous meeting and invited any questions from the members 

18. Communications report

Shiona Mackay, UK Head of Media and Public Relations, provided the Committee with an overview of the communications activity in Scotland during this quarter following the last meeting in December 2021.

19. Any other business

There was no other business.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 7 June 2022