Elected: 2024
Discipline: History, Theory and Practice of the Creative and Performing Arts
Ms Leonie Bell
Director
Leonie Bell is director of V&A Dundee, Scotland’s Design Museum. She leads the organisation from its spectacular home on Dundee’s reimagined waterfront & delivers the museum’s vision to inspire and empower through design and to champion design and designerse.
Leonie is responsible for ensuring that V&A Dundee continues to grow and evolve as a world-class design museum, for deepening the museum’s social and civic reach and for welcoming visitors from around the world. The museum’s unique architecture is animated through an ambitious and dynamic programme that generates joy and sparks curiosity in design as well as creating spaces and ways to explore, reflect and learn.
Leonie is an Honorary Professor of Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, a Design Economy Ambassador for the Design Council, & a trustee of the Edinburgh International Festival.
Leonie has had various leadership roles from the Future Paisley Partnership, Scottish Government, Creative Scotland &The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design and the City.