NYCOS Chair awarded CBE for services to the arts

Joanna Baker, NYCOS Chair, is to be awarded a CBE.

It has been announced in the New Year’s Honours list that Joanna Baker is to be awarded a CBE for services to the arts. Joanna was the Managing Director of the Edinburgh International Festival from 2006 until the end of 2018. She has also played a major role in helping to establish collaborative partnerships in Edinburgh and further afield, including Festivals Edinburgh and the Edinburgh International Culture Summit. She has been the Chair of the NYCOS board since 2014.

“This is a wonderful and unexpected surprise. I have the pleasure and privilege of working alongside many amazing colleagues, artists and cultural organisations; their creativity and passion are a constant joy and inspiration. The work of the Edinburgh International Festival, National Youth Choir of Scotland and many others makes a real difference and this honour is also for all of them.” – Joanna Baker, NYCOS Chair

“We’re delighted that Joanna has been awarded a CBE for her services to the arts. Joanna has made a massive impact on the arts and culture in Scotland and has had a significant effect at NYCOS as an energetic and dedicated Chair.” – Ed Milner, NYCOS Chief Executive