I have been arts correspondent for The Herald since 2002 and have covered nearly every funding crisis, personality clash, controversy and triumph in Scottish cultural life ever since. I started my career at the Glaswegian before stints as arts correspondent for the Scotsman and the Sunday Times. As arts correspondent, I endeavour to report the latest in breaking arts and cultural news, but I also write features, the odd column, magazine pieces and reviews. I won arts writer of the year at the Scottish Press Awards 2010, and was runner-up this year.
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.