59 Ken Mac Quarrie Ken Mac Quarrie’s influence on Scotland’s cultural and political life has always been great but the profile of BBC Scotland’s director rose considerably during last year’s referendum campaign when the corporation was accused by “Yes” supporters of bias.Mac Quarrie, a former producer on TV and radio, defended the BBC’s independence absolutely but is also in charge of the promise that the proportion of BBC money spent in Scotland should be equivalent to Scotland’s share of the UK population.
51 Laurie Sansom From the moment he arrived in Scotland to direct the James trilogy, written by Rona Munro and performed at the Edinburgh Festival in the weeks before the independence referendum, Sansom has been centre stage in Scottish cultural life.
The 42-year-old took over as artistic director of the National Theatre of Scotland from its founding director Vicky Featherstone in 2013 after a string of jobs in regional English theatres.
61 Neil Baxter Neil Baxter, 55, is the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland’s main man, and a passionate and dynamic advocate for architecture and design.
Formerly principal of his own architectural consultancy, he has overseen the launch of the coveted and prestigious RIAS architectural awards and next year’s Festival of Architecture in Glasgow will raise his profile even further.
Greig, 46, is Scotland’s pre-eminent contemporary playwright and will take over as the artistic director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company in Edinburgh next year.