Joanna Baker


Joanna Baker has been the Managing Director of the Edinburgh International Festival since 2006. She joined the Festival in 1992 as Marketing and Public Affairs Director and over the past 22 years has played a major role in helping to establish collaborative working initiatives in Edinburgh and further afield, including Festivals Edinburgh, an organisation which represents Edinburgh’s 12 major Festivals and which she chaired for its first three years, and TAB, an audience development agency for the cultural sector.

Between 1983 and 1992 she worked for Welsh National Opera, Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet and the National Theatre in London. Public/voluntary appointments include serving as a member of the Scottish Arts Council from 2000 – 2006, chairing its Dance Committee from 2000 – 2004 and serving as Vice Chair in 2005/2006.

She is a former board member of Scottish Ballet, BAFA (the British Arts Festivals Association), the Court of Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh (until 2013) and the Festival City Theatres Trust (until March 2014). She is a member of the Steering Group for the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, which had its second edition at the Scottish Parliament in August 2014.

Glasgow City Council