Gary Stewart (Convenor) – Trustee representing the SCIO member Festivals Edinburgh

Gary Stewart is General Manager of Festivals Edinburgh – a central member of the team to ensure this high-level organisation, created and driven by the directors of Edinburgh’s major festivals to take a lead on their joint development and maintain their global competitive edge, can deliver on its mission and key objectives. His responsibility is to ensure it is an effective and well managed organisation, to manage and develop the collaborative working process across the festivals, ensure sound financial management, responsible employment and legal compliance as well as lead on governance and legal issues. Gary joined from Oval House where he was responsible for the South London theatre’s business, financial and producing activities. Previously, he was in senior management roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Rep and Royal Court Theatre in London.

Morag Arnot (Treasurer) – Trustee

Morag Arnot is Executive Director of Winning Scotland Foundation. Previously she has worked an independent consultant on a range of projects/roles from strategy and communications at Winning Scotland, to major event management for a private client and completed two scoping and development projects for Creative Scotland focused on international and the cultural economy.

She was Director of Communications and External Relations at Creative Scotland following 6 years as Director of Planning and Communication and Deputy CEO at the Scottish Arts Council. Prior to this she had a long career in higher education both as an academic and executive culminating in 1999 in the role of Director of Corporate Services at Edinburgh Napier University which as well as marketing and communications also included being responsible for fundraising for the redevelopment of the Craiglockhart campus.

Amanda Liddle (Secretary) – Trustee

Amanda Liddle is General Manager of the Federation of Scottish Theatre where, in addition to operational responsibility, she oversees the membership and event programming including FST’s annual Emporium. She has worked variously in literature development and arts management and administration over many years. Since starting her career at the Brunton Theatre she has held posts with Scottish Book Trust, literaturetraining, Scottish Ballet and The Scottish Government among others. Prior to joining FST she spent several years as General Manager of Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre (SCVO Scottish Charity of the Year 2014). She studied literature at Glasgow University and gained an MBA from Edinburgh Napier University.

Michael Bonaventura – Trustee

Mike Bonaventura is a trans-disciplinary researcher working on projects that broaden engagement in sustainable development. Over the course of the last 30 years, he has held academic teaching and research posts as well as individual contributor, management and executive leadership positions in the private and third sectors. He has extensive international experience primarily in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and the US, having worked with some of the world’s oldest universities, Global200 corporations, high-tech startups and environmental charities. As a result he brings to the Board a blend of academic rigour, commercial pragmatism and philanthropic intent.

His current work includes long-standing roles as a Principal Investigator with ClimateXChange, the Scottish Government’s Centre of Expertise for Climate Science, looking at society’s exposure and vulnerabilities to climate-related risks; as an external advisor to one of the UK Research Councils on the application of data science to solving the ‘global grand challenges’; and as a producer at Museums of the FutureNow, a model for participatory future-thinking.

He holds an honorary professorship in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Glasgow, a doctorate [PhD] in Cognitive Sciences, is a (lapsed) chartered engineer [C.Eng.] and coinventor of three software patents in knowledge systems. Mike is on the Boards of Creative Carbon Scotland (Trustee), The Stove Network (Treasurer) and Cambium LLP (Lead, Executive Advisory Board).

Karen Coulthard – Trustee

Karen is Community Link Co-ordinator (Ambitious Projects) at Sustrans Scotland, the national charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. She was previously an Architect and the Sustainability Manager of GRAHAM Construction, where she was responsible for the development of their long term strategic approach to meeting their aspirations of achieving carbon neutrality.  Karen worked in the construction industry for over 10 years and her multidisciplinary background has been further expanded through an MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation Planning at the Centre of Alternative Technology.  She is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and the University of Brighton and a member of IEMA, CIOB and SEDA.

Seonaid Daly – Trustee representing the SCIO member Scottish Contemporary Art Network

Seonaid Daly is the Director of SCAN (Scottish Contemporary Art Network) a member-led network supporting and developing the contemporary art sector in Scotland. Prior to joining SCAN she was the Producer at Glasgow Film Festival, a key member of an award-winning team that catapulted GFF from being a regional, grass roots event into one of the three best attended film events of its kind in the UK. Previously, she worked at Stills, Edinburgh in a variety of capacities ultimately coordinating the exhibition and artist residency programmes. She is an active supporter of the visual arts having worked in a freelance capacity supporting individual artists, working with the committee at the Market Gallery and more recently being a co-director of VoxPopulus, a creative agency that promoted and employed emerging creative talent. She was named as one of the top 50 UK ‘Women To Watch’ by the Cultural Leadership Programme in 2010 and has worked as a mentor for the Nesta Starter for 6 programme.

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