The Scottish Tartans Authority appoints new Director

We are delighted to congratulate Grant Mackenzie on his appointment as Director of The Scottish Tartans Authority (STA). Grant’s most recent position was as Helix Team Leader with Falkirk Community Trust where he managed the Helix, the UK’s largest lottery funded project – a 350 hectare site that includes the Kelpies (the world’s largest equine statues), Helix Park and lagoon.

Grant will help the STA build a strong, consistent and sustainable organisation that will stand the test of time by bringing a blend of commercial, operational and leadership experience from within both the private and public sectors, backed up with strong communication skills helping to foster partnership and collaboration across the broad stakeholder group.  The STA is approaching its 20th anniversary and the pace of change has stepped up significantly in recent years with a renewed commitment to achieve one of their major goals - A National Tartan Centre.  Aspen are delighted to wish Grant well with his new appointment.

The (STA) is a registered charity which has been in existence for 19 years. Its role is to protect, preserve, promote, conserve and explain the culture and traditions of Scottish Tartans and Highland Dress. Furthermore, the STA seeks to advance and promote the education of the public about Scottish Tartans and Highland Dress and their respective origins, manufacture, use, history and development. With a broad range of private and business members, the STA provides a unique and independent link to the global Scottish Diaspora with associated commercial benefits for Scotland’s economy. The STA has an unrivalled knowledge of Scottish Tartans and their cultural and historic importance and one of its core objectives is to establish a National Tartan Centre which would recognise the historical importance of tartan and its status as a cultural icon, as well as highlighting the importance of tartan to the Scotland of today.

Further information on the STA can be found at

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