James Crawford has been appointed chair of Publishing Scotland.
Crawford is the publishing and research grants operational manager for Historic Environment Scotland and has been on the Publishing Scotland board for two years as a publisher-elected member. The term of office for the chair is three years with the possibility of serving for an additional year. Crawford takes over the role from previous chair Katy Lockwood-Holmes, publisher of Floris Books.
Meanwhile, Kate Gibb, finance and operations director of Canongate, has been appointed as treasurer.
Crawford worked as a literary agent in London before moving back to Edinburgh to work for RCAHMS (now merged with Historic Scotland to form Historic Environment Scotland) and is the author of several books including, most recently, Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of Twenty Lost Buildings from the Tower of Babel to the Twin Towers (Old Street Publishing), shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2016.
Marion Sinclair remains Publishing Scotland's c.e.o.