Two months after that devastating letter now signed by more than 400 artists and practitioners, Mr Dixon is the first person at Creative Scotland to take responsibility for the calamitous year that the national arts funding body has had.
Surely and steadily.
You may remember that the board of Creative Scotland, which is led by chairman Sir Sandy Crombie, instigated two internal reviews, or inquiries, both to be led by board members.
The first is focussed on ‘operations’ at the body, and is led by journalist Ruth Wishart, and the second is focussed on the National Lottery and what can be done with it, and is led by Barclay Price.
Before I set off on my week away from work, it seemed the Creative Scotland issue was heading in a more positive direction.
A series of letters and statements from Creative Scotland seemed to be more conciliatory and open than we had seen previously and, going into the two artist meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow, one sensed the beginnings of a sea-change at the top of Creative Scotland, at least at board level, and a sense that it knew it a) needed to change its ways and b) would benefit from some internal reforms.
Running from January 17 to February 3 next year, it will celebrate its 20 years of success with another packed programme featuring Salif Keita, some high quality Transatlantic Sessions, Aimee Mann, Old Crow Medicine Show, concerts at the Barrowlands and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, amid numerous other highlights.
I'm looking forward to hearing and seeing the brilliant Nic Jones, whose recorded version of Rufford Park Poachers, a favourite folk song, is probably the best (alongside James Yorkston’s stellar version)