- Imaginate Team
- Imaginate Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
Julian joined Imaginate in January 2020, originally working as the Schools and Delegates Booking Coordinator. She is now Imaginate’s Administrator, providing operational and administrative support across the organisation. Julian has a BA in Dance (and Political Science). Prior to joining Imaginate, she completed an MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management at Queen Margaret University, including a dissertation focused on the perception of and dependence on unpaid internships within major dance festivals in the US. She has worked across festivals and performing arts in the US and UK, including administration, artist liaison, company management and events roles.
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.
Producer – Theatre in Schools Scotland
Theatre in Schools Scotland is a partnership project with National Theatre of Scotland.
Anna re-joined Imaginate in April 2019. For the previous two years she worked on Theatre in Schools Scotland as a secondment from her role as Touring and Schools Development Manager at Catherine Wheels Theatre Company. She has been here before: from 1999-2003 Anna coordinated Imaginate’s festival and other projects. Anna has a Masters degree in Social Anthropology and has had a varied career, having worked in the environmental sector, economic development, sports development, tourism and events.
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. Since then various jobs within music, music theatre performance, arts education and curation have led to a focus on theatre and dance for children and young people. Fiona has worked as a freelance musician, cultural coordinator, arts development officer and venue programmer. Her current role includes initiating and managing projects and opportunities for artists and schools, mentoring, curating platforms for artists incl. works in progress and scratch events, and is Artistic Lead for PUSH+ (3-year Creative Europe co-operation project). Fiona was previously on the Board of 7:84 Theatre Company and the CCA and was an Arts for Good Fellow 2018/19.
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.
Schools Project Manager
Kirsty joined Imaginate in January 2019. She is responsible for managing some of Imaginate’s largest schools projects, building and maintaining relationships with schools throughout Scotland, as well as designing and delivering workshops, briefings and training sessions to children, young people and teachers. Kirsty graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Bachelor of Music degree. She then went on to work as a freelance musician in a variety of roles, before working as Music Development Coordinator in the Creative Learning team at Aberdeen Performing Arts for three years.
Pamela joined Imaginate in August 2016. She is responsible for producing Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, Creative Development programme, oversees Theatre in Schools Scotland and manages other projects throughout the year. She studied a BA hons in Drama and Theatre Arts at Queen Margaret 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. She then worked for 10 years at the National Theatre of Scotland in a number of different roles including Learn Project Manager and Producer. Throughout that time, she worked on touring productions, large-scale community and schools work, site specific and main stage productions.
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.
Laura is Head of Public Service Reform & Public Bodies Unit at Scottish Government. She’s also currently supporting the Scottish Government’s work on volunteering during the Pandemic. Laura has worked for the Scottish Government for almost 20 years and her career includes a number of roles that include, most recently, the reform of public services, but she has previously led work on cultural strategy and policy with a particular focus on inclusion and tackling inequalities.
Diline has been volunteering and working in the third sector for a few years. She works at Multi Cultural Family Base supporting refugee families and children settling into Edinburgh and overcoming their traumas. Alongside with that, she works at ELREC helping the African community to live eco-friendly lives and doing their bit to sustain the environment. She’s also a board member of Hadeel/Palcrafts, supporting social enterprise art projects in Palestine. Diline has many passions and art is a one of them. She’s particularly fascinated about the healing power of art and how it brings people together from different nations and backgrounds. In her free time, she enjoys painting, writing, photography or growing things!
Daniel is the Manager of Unicef in Scotland.
Serena has been working as a primary teacher for the past 10 years and is also the Expressive Arts Coordinator for her school. The arts have always been a passion of hers, having grown up performing in bands and orchestras. She was part of the first cohort for Imaginate's Teachers' Theatre Club and liked it so much that she went on to join the board.
Kenny is currently CEO of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, having joined in 2014. He has over 18 years' experience working as a director, tutor and arts manager, with a background in youth theatre and children’s theatre. Previously, he has worked in management roles as Associate Director at Scottish Youth Theatre, Education Manager of Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and then Development Manager at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Natalie Wilson is a theatre director and facilitator whose work explores the relationship between art, activism and personal agency. Previously she was Artistic Director/CEO of Theatre Centre, specialising in new writing and artist development, promoting theatre in schools and the role of the arts in children’s and young people’s learning and wellbeing. Natalie’s early career was with 7:84 Scotland before she became Associate Director at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme. She has continued to have a rich and varied freelance career working across many regional producing theatres, drama schools and independent producers. She is passionate about drama training, theatre in schools, LGBTQ+ representation and diversifying talent in the wider industry.
Zoë is a Chartered Accountant who has spent over 20 years working in financial and commercial roles with Diageo, RBS Group and AG Barr. During these roles Zoë worked with Global and UK Brands on financial planning and analysis in Scotland, Jamaica and Amsterdam. Most recently she has returned even closer to home as Head of Business Planning at Edinburgh Airport where she is responsible for the Operational short and long term capacity planning and analytics. At home with lots of numbers and highly analytical, she is a huge fan of the arts having grown up in Edinburgh seeing the benefits of theatre and dance for young people.
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.