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Michael Hance
Michael Hance became the Director of the Scots Language Centre in December 2002. He studied politics at the Universities of Edinburgh and  Helsinki. Michael was previously the Scottish Arts Council's Executive and Parliamentary Officer and Director of the Saltire Society. Michael grew up in Aberdeen and presently lives in West Lothian. He has delivered many papers on Scots language policy at academic conferences in Scotland and abroad and published widely on Scots language and cultural matters. He is secretary of the W L Lorimer Memorial Trust, secretary of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Scots, a member of Shetland ForWirds and a member of the Literature Forum for Scotland. In 2009 Michael was appointed to the Ministerial Working Group on Scots. He is a long time sudent of the Norwegian and Finnish languages.   

Dr Dauvit Horsbroch
Dauvit Horsbroch has been the Language and Information Officer of the Scots Language Centre since May 2007. He studied Celtic / Language and Scottish History, at the University of Aberdeen where he was awarded both his MA and PhD. He taught at the university for a number of years, and also at the RSAMD in Glasgow, and was an honorary research fellow with the AHRB Centre For Irish and Scottish Studies (Aberdeen). He is a former National Secretary (1996-9) and National President (1999-2000) of the Scots Language Society and has published many articles in and about the Scots language and Scottish identity. Dauvit spent much of his life in North East Scotland and presently lives in Angus.

Avril Nicoll
Avril Nicoll became the SLC's Clerical Officer in January 2008. Born and brought up on a farm in the Carse of Gowrie, Avril went to Perth High School and Perth College of Further Education where she gained an HNC in Business Administration.  Avril began working with Hydro Electric in August 1986 as a Customer Enquiries/Administration Assistant and was promoted to Administration Supervisor in 1992.  At the time of the deregulation of the electricity industry Avril was promoted to Project Support Manager eventually leaving in 2000 when she was pregnant with her daughter, Joanne.  Avril and her family have a keen interest in horses and country life.

Katrina MacLeod
Katrina is the Centre's education laison and audio-visual development officer. She studied Slavonic languages and Scottish Literature at Glasgow University and later Music with the Open University. With much experience in information provision and children's libraries, Katrina currently combines Scots Language Centre work with freelance research projects in the Scottish cultural sector. She is a member of the Friends of William Soutar Society, plays traditional fiddle in sessions across the Borders and Northumberland and is active in helping run local community activities. Having grown up in Falkirk, Katrina has lived in England, France, Russia and is now based in Glasgow.

Chris Third
Chris is a native of the North East of Scotland and is the web development consultant to the SLC. Originally trainning as a Product Designer at Glasgow School of Art, he has over 12 years experience in the development of websites. Working for a wide range of clients across public and private organisations his skills span from Online Strategy and User experience through to hands on design and development. He maintains the SLC website and has  been involved in several other Scots language organisations and projects. He presently lives in Glasgow.

Steve Byrne 
Steve hails from Arbroath in Angus and is perhaps best known for his work with the award-winning Scots song band Malinky, which he co-founded in 1998. He is a graduate of the School of Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh. From 2002-2007, he was the Traditional Arts Officer for the City of Edinburgh Council, before departing to work for several years on the landmark Kist o Riches / Tobar an Dualchais project, which digitised and catalogued 12,000 hours’ worth of sound recordings from the School of Scottish Studies Archive. He now works part-time for Scots Music Group, a charity running traditional music classes and community events in Edinburgh, alongside a busy career as a performer, freelance researcher, lecturer, author and advocate for traditional arts. Steve recently helped to secure the papers of the poet, folklorist and peace activist Hamish Henderson for the nation through his work with the Hamish Henderson Archive Trust. He is currently the Chair of the Traditional Music Forum, sits on the board of TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) as well as external advisory groups on Traditional Arts and Intangible Cultural Heritage at Creative Scotland. Steve has recently co-founded a new organisation, Local Voices, to expand his Scots song projects in schools, based on bringing archive material back to the communities in which it was collected. He also helps run Edinburgh's monthly traditional singing club, The World's Room. Steve currently lives in Edinburgh with his German wife, Ines, and as such is a fluent German speaker and keen student of Plattdeutsch. His wife is an improving Scots speaker! 

Sally Evans 
Sally Evans is a poet and the Editor of Poetry Scotland, the long lived broadsheet which publishes poems in English, Gaelic and Scots. Her poetry books include Looking for Scotland (Salzburg University Press),  The Honey Seller (Firewater Press) and The Bees (diehard). She reads several languages & has a degree in Classics and Philosophy. She is married to Ian W King who writes in Scots. Sally came to Scotland 30 years ago from the North of England, bringing with her a knowledge of Geordie and other northern English dialects. She has taken part in poetry readings in St Andrews, Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow, Dumfries, Ullapool, Gairloch, Wick and Aberdeen (as well as other parts of UK). Sally has edited and published books of poetry in Gaelic (without translations) as well as books in Scots by Sheena Blackhall, Gavin Bowd, Joy Hendry, and Bill Dunlop, and many others that included Scots and English poems.