And now she is leaving, handing the reins to another bright and talented director, Laurie Sansom. When we meet, she admits she is "a bit wobbly". Featherstone and her family have just moved out of the house they shared since the NTS was launched in 2006. In the coming weeks, she will move to London to take the helm at the Royal Court Theatre.
Vicky Featherstone, who was the first artistic director of the NTS and is leaving after eight years at the helm, said a period of criticism that focused on her Englishness led her to question whether she could do her job.
Ms Featherstone, who is to become artistic director at the Royal Court Theatre in London, said attacks on her programming – with some critics questioning the company's track record on staging older Scottish plays – began to mention her background prominently.