Joanna Baker was the Managing Director of the Edinburgh International Festival from 2006 until the end of 2018. She joined the Festival in 1992 as Marketing and Public Affairs Director and over the following 26 years worked alongside three different Festival Directors to help to maintain and develop its status as the world’s leading multi genre arts festival.
Joanna has a particular interest in facilitating collaborative and partnership working and has played a major role in helping to establish collaborative partnerships in Edinburgh and further afield, including Festivals Edinburgh, an organisation which represents Edinburgh’s 11 major Festivals and which she chaired for its first three years. She also helped to establish the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, a biennial event in August which is a partnership between the British Council, the UK Government, the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and the Edinburgh International Festival and which brings Culture Ministers from around the world to Edinburgh. She is currently a Trustee of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit Foundation.
Joanna studied French and European Studies at the University of Sussex before starting her career in the arts as a box office assistant at the National Theatre London. Before joining the Festival she worked for Welsh National Opera and Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet.
Keith Bruce was on the staff of The Herald newspaper for 30 years and arts editor from 1994 until autumn 2017. He continues to write on music and the arts in a freelance capacity and occasionally plays saxophone as part of a long-established group, all of whom are old enough to know better.
James is a Solicitor and partner in the firm of MacRoberts LLP, specialising in charities, tax planning and Private Client work. He acts as a charity trustee and adviser for a number of charities, which have included the Trades House of Glasgow and the Incorporation of Bonnetmakers & Dyers of Glasgow; he tutors in the University of Glasgow and is a contributor to the Scots Law Times. James has been singing in choirs since the age of 8.
Lindsay joined RBS in 2011 after completing a Honours degree in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. Starting in Technology Services as a technical analyst, she has moved into progressively more senior roles in project and programme management, and latterly programme assurance, providing reporting to Executive, Board and Regulatory committees on strategic programmes.
Lindsay completed a part-time Masters in Information Systems, sponsored by the Bank; her research focused on women’s career experiences in a male-dominated environment. Passionate since a young age about equality, her research rekindled this interest, and she has become an evangelist of the message that businesses, universities, and politicians need to understand the barriers that even high-achieving women face, and do more to support them in overcoming them.
Very active in the local community, she has been involved as office-holder in Parent Councils since 2006. She is Chair of the Board of Connet (formerly SPTC) and a Board member of Scottish Women’s Aid. She is determined to be a voice for all children, ensuring that all decisions affecting children have fairness and equality at their heart. As co-chair of RBS Women network she is a visible and vocal champion of women within RBS.
Kenny is a partner at Saffery Champness, based in Edinburgh, and leads the firm’s Charities team in Scotland. He provides assurance and advisory services to Scottish charities in the heritage, arts, education and care sectors, as well as faith-based charities and grant-making organisations. He brings a wealth of experience, having worked with a number of large Scottish charities as auditor and adviser, and has acted as trustee on charitable boards for many years.
Kenny specialises in financial reporting developments and is a member of a number of committees at the forefront of technical development, including the UK Charities SORP Committee and the Financial Reporting Council’s Technical Advisory Group for FRS 102.
Norrie is a member of staff in the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow which has 1,500 student teachers. He is the leader for several courses, has responsibility for placing students in schools, works with a range of international groups, and teaches on various courses.
Previously he was a Senior Education Officer with the General Teaching Council for Scotland, a local government professional officer in education, a Head Teacher of a large secondary school, a Research Officer for the Scottish Council for Research in Education, latterly as a government appointed Director, a national officer for developments in the reform of Mathematics teaching in the senior stages, student teacher placements, and job sizing schemes for teachers.
Norrie has presented at national and international conferences and, when in local government, presented large scale concerts and tutored the Council’s Senior Chorus, as well as working with NYCOS to arrange musical tuition for probationer teachers.
He has sung with the RSNO Chorus and toured with them to Australia, Germany, and Israel. He sang with the Strathclyde University Chamber Choir and has undertaken tours to Spain, Poland and Russia and residences at various English cathedrals. Currently he augments the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the City of Glasgow Chorus, and the Strathclyde Harmonia.
Nicky has been a senior fundraiser for over 25 years. For 12 years she was Sponsorship & Development Director of the Edinburgh International Festival and previously worked in London for IMG Artists and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2008 she has been a fundraising consultant working for clients including Glasgow’s Concert Halls, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Horsecross. Current clients include Sistema Scotland which has established Big Noise programmes in four of Scotland's most disadvantaged communities. These intensive and immersive orchestral programmes equip children with a range of social and life skills including confidence, resilience and aspiration to bring about permanent transformation in the lives of children and create more resilient communities.
Throughout, Nicky has maintained her enjoyment of making music and is an active orchestral and chamber musician (‘cello). She was a Trustee of Scottish Adoption (2008-2018); is a Committee member of the New Town Concerts Society and Lammermuir Festival; and sits on the External Relations and Development Committee of George Watson’s College.
Lindsay is currently the Service Manager of Legal and Democracy at Clackmannanshire Council. In this post she is responsible for advising Council and officers about all matters of law relating to the work of the local authority.
Lindsay began her legal career at Stirling Council, before moving to work for the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC - the regulator of the social care workforce in Scotland) as a senior solicitor. She became Head of Fitness to Teach at the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). She was invited to return to SSSC on secondment as the Head of Corporate Governance and Hearings during a period of substantial change for the SSSC.
Working with committees has been a theme for Lindsay – from her time with the University of Edinburgh day nursery committee, to Dollar Under Fives and then latterly as the child welfare officer for Alloa Amateur Swimming Club for a number of years. She is also the chair of the Complaints Panel for Scottish Swimming.