In 2011 Dr Janet Brennan returned to Scotland after 25 years in The Netherlands, latterly as Head of Faculty of Behavioural Sciences at an American University in Leiden. Since returning to Galloway, where she and her husband restored a 16th century tower house, Barholm Castle, she has written a book, Scotland’s Castles: Rescued, Rebuilt and Reoccupied and taken on several trusteeships.
Janet is Chair of the Scottish Castles Association, secretary of the Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Arts (DGU), a member of the Board of Management of Dumfries and Galloway College and a Board member of Historic Environment Scotland, a ministerial appointment. She is an accredited lecturer for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) and is the Young Arts organizer of the South West Scotland NADFAS group.
Janet is passionate about preserving the built heritage of Dumfries and Galloway and also finding ways in which the arts and education can prosper throughout the region; she hopes that the beautiful Crichton campus can help to deliver benefits in all of these areas for the people of Dumfries and Galloway.