Who We Are

In the lead-up to and during the festival the team is also joined by temporary staff as well as many volunteers who all contribute to the success of the festival.

For information on working with Imaginate, visit our Vacancies page.

Imaginate Board of Directors

Imaginate is governed by a Board of Directors whose members come from a range of backgrounds including finance; government; HR; media; arts and health. Councillors are appointed to the Board by the City of Edinburgh Council. The Board meets regularly and plays an active role in the planning of the organisation’s activity.

Jim Tough (Chair)

Paul Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive, Imaginate

Councillor Cathy Fullerton

Kenny McGlashan, CEO, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland

Rebecca Peppiette, Senior Adviser Performing Arts, The Scottish Government

Marcelo Rodrigues, Strategic Data Analytics, Lloyds Banking Group

Imaginate Team

Noel Jordan

Festival Director

Noel Jordan is the Festival Director of the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival joining the team in October 2015 from Australia where he had worked in Theatre for Children and Young People for almost 30 years.

Noel has extensive experience as a producer, director, actor-devisor and drama educator. Working as a Drama Lecturer in Arts Education at the University of Melbourne he also completed his Masters in Education.  As a producer Noel worked at Sydney Opera House where he curated the House:ed and Kids at the House annual youth programs (2004-2010 and in 2011 as a guest curator).

He was previously an Executive Committee Member of ASSITEJ from 2008-2014.

Paul Fitzpatrick

Chief Executive

Paul Fitzpatrick took up his role of Chief Executive of Imaginate in February 2015. He takes overall responsibility for the strategic development, financial management and leadership of the organisation.  Paul has worked in theatre and dance for children and young people for over twenty years. 

He originally studied for a BA in Dramatic Studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and went on to do a Master of Philosophy in Dramaturgy at the University of Glasgow, graduating with distinction.

He was the producer for Catherine Wheels Theatre Company for twelve years and was the long-standing producer for Shona Reppe Puppets. 

Marion Bourbouze

Head of Marketing & Communications

Marion Bourbouze joined Imaginate in December 2015. She is responsible for developing and delivering the organisation’s marketing strategy, increasing awareness of and engagement with Imaginate’s year-round activities including the festival.

She has been working in arts marketing for 20 years. She studied Business in France, did an MA in International Development at Leeds University but soon started working in the cultural sector. She helped start and worked for Scotland’s first audience development agency The Audience Business, worked in the US in a community arts centre before becoming Marketing Director for Scottish Book Trust.

She was also on the board (and chair) of Catherine Wheels Theatre Company for 16 years.

Fiona Ferguson

Creative Development Director

Fiona Ferguson joined Imaginate in September 2011.  She originally trained as a flautist graduating with a Masters in Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2001.  Since then, a long but interesting move through classical music to music theatre performance and curation organically led to a focus on live performance for children and young people. 

Fiona has worked as a Cultural Co-ordinator, Arts Development Officer and venue programmer. Her current role with Imaginate includes initiating and managing projects, mentoring artists, devising training programmes and workshops, curating platforms for artists including work in progress and scratch events.

Fiona was previously on the Board of 7:84 Theatre Company, the CCA and is currently on the editorial board of Bella Caledonia.

Alex Bird

Administration Coordinator

Pamela Walker


Pamela Walker joined Imaginate in August 2016.  She is responsible for producing and managing Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, Theatre in Schools Scotland and other projects throughout the year. 

She studied a BA hons in Drama and Theatre Arts at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.  After university she co-founded a producing and project management business which included producing new work, running a festival venue, schools touring and various arts administration. 

Pamela recently moved from National Theatre of Scotland where she worked for ten years as assistant producer, learn project manager and most recently producer.  She has worked extensively with theatre and young people and has a strong interest in producing work for children.