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 Turney (Chair)
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!
Mandy is an employment lawyer working for Anderson Strathern, where she advises both employers and employees on all aspects of HR and employment law. She works closely with public and private sector employers and often appears in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal. Mandy also has experience in dealing with Education cases on behalf of local authorities. She took a great interest in music, orchestras, youth theatre and dance growing up and is passionate about the benefits which the arts can bring for young people.
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 McGlashan (vice-chair)
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.