Imaginate is led by a small enthusiastic team who brings the breadth of professional skill and experience necessary to manage a high-profile organisation with a reputation for excellence.
Who We Are
Paul 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.
Head of Marketing & Communications
Marion 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 worked in arts marketing for over 20 years. She studied Business in France and 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, was marketing consultant for a small community arts centre in the US before becoming Marketing Director for Scottish Book Trust.
She was on the board (and chair) of Catherine Wheels Theatre Company for 16 years.
Creative Development Director
Fiona 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. A long but interesting move through classical music to music theatre performance and curation has led to a focus on live performance for children and young people.
Fiona has worked as a cultural coordinator, arts development officer and venue programmer. Her current role includes initiating and managing projects for artists, schools and communities, mentoring, devising a year-round programme of artist development opportunities, curating platforms for artists incl. works in progress and scratch events.
Fiona was previously on the Board of 7:84 Theatre Company and the CCA and is currently on the International Advisory panel for explore dance, a German dance network for young audiences run by fabrik Potsdam , Fokus Tanz - Tanz und Schule e.V. Munich and K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg.
Molly Goyer Gorman
Molly joined Imaginate in January 2018. She is responsible for raising new income streams to support the organisation's core activities, with a focus on trusts & foundations and corporate partnerships.
Molly graduated with an M.A. in Arts Management from Queen’s University Belfast. She went on to work as Outreach Assistant for Young at Art (organisers of the Belfast Children’s Festival) and as Development Officer for Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre. She is currently completing a PhD on the social value of youth drama groups in rural areas of Northern Ireland. This research, and her freelance work as an evaluation consultant, have given her a keen interest in finding robust ways to demonstrate the value of the arts, for individuals and society. Molly sits on the Board of TheatreNI.
Administration & Schools Coordinator
Amanda joined Imaginate in October 2017. She provides operational and administrative support for the organisation, and facilitates school and group visits to Imaginate events. She has worked in both dance and theatre in Scotland, in roles including administration, programme coordination, event management and box office operation. Amanda trained as a ballet dancer at the San Francisco Ballet School and danced professionally with The Washington Ballet before university. Prior to joining Imaginate she completed a Masters degree at The University of Edinburgh in Environment, Culture and Society, for which she conducted a dissertation on theatre’s potential to contribute to a more socially just and sustainable society. She is on the board of Friends of the Earth Scotland.
Noel 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.
Pamela 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.
Imaginate Board of Directors
Imaginate is governed by a Board of Directors whose members come from a range of backgrounds including finance; government; HR; law; 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.
- Ruth Wishart (Chair)
- Paul Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive, Imaginate
- Mandy Armstrong
- Daniel Cosgrove
- Kenny McGlashan
- Marcelo Rodrigues
- Laura Turney
- Councillor Cathy Fullerton
- Councillor Donald Wilson
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.