About Us

The Board

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.

James Waters


James Waters is Creative Director for Classical Music at Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre, a post he took up in 2009. James has extensive experience of classical music programming through his role working with Brian McMaster as associate festival director of the Edinburgh International Festival. As well as devising and implementing the annual programme he was also responsible for setting up the Festival's Education Department.

He also spent several years as concerts director of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and has undertaken a variety of work for international concert agency Van Walsum Management, ranging from orchestral touring through to concert promotion.

As a consultant James has worked for Birmingham City Council, Newcastle City Council, City of London Sinfonia and the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh among others.

James also currently runs producers courses for the Federation of Scottish Theatres and lectures at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

James Inglis


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.

Kenny McDowell


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 McKay


Norrie is an Education Adviser with the General Teaching Council for Scotland. His work includes the Professional Update scheme, the Professional Standards and the national scheme for probationer teachers. He works extensively with local authorities, universities and the Scottish Government. Previously as a local government officer he was involved in professional review and development for teachers, management structures in schools, setting salaries for promoted teachers, student teacher placements, and union negotiations on local conditions of service.

Norrie was Head Teacher of a large secondary school for 10 years, and held curricular, pastoral and management posts in various schools. He also worked for the Scottish Council for Research in Education, latterly as a government appointed Director. His national work has included leading developments in the reform of Mathematics teaching in the senior stages, student teacher placements, and job sizing schemes for teachers. He has presented at national and international conferences and, when in local government, presented large scale concerts and tutored the senior chorus, also working with NYCoS to offer musical tuition to probationer teachers.

Norrie has sung with the chorus of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and toured with them to Australia, Germany, and Israel. Currently, he sings with the Strathclyde University Chamber Choir and has undertaken tours to Spain, Poland and Russia and residences at various English cathedrals. He also augments the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.

Nicky Pritchett-Brown


Nicky has been an senior fundraiser for over 20 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. She is currently a fundraising consultant.

Throughout, Nicky has maintained her enjoyment of making music and is an active chamber musician (cello); she is also a Trustee of Scottish Adoption.