The Staff

The small team of full time and part time staff is also joined by temporary staff as well as many volunteers in the lead-up to and during the Edinburgh International Children's Festival.
They all contribute to the Festival's success and although they are not listed on this page, we would like to thank them for their professionalism and commitment.


Marion Bourbouze

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 Children's 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 and is now on the board of All or Nothing Aerial Theatre.

Connel Burnett

Company & Project Administrator




Anna Derricourt

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.



Fiona Ferguson

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 is a guest curator for the Step 2022 (an international dance festival for young audiences in Sweden), is on the international advisory board of Explore Dance (a German project commissioning new dance performances for young audiences), and was a Singapore International Foundation Arts for Good Fellow 2018/19.


Noel Jordan

Festival Director
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.


Belinda McElhinney

Chief Executive
Belinda will be taking up her role as Chief Executive of Imaginate on 1 February 2021, with overall responsibility for the strategic development, financial management and leadership of the organisation. She is currently Executive Producer at Barrowland Ballet, one of the most successful contemporary dance theatre companies in Scotland. Prior to this she was Executive Producer at Take Me Somewhere and Arts & Cultural Development Officer at Scottish Refugee Council. In 2016 Belinda founded a charity to provide an arts and participation programme for young refugees arriving on their own in Scotland. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and has a Masters in Young People, Social Inclusion and Change from Glasgow University.


Kirsty Robertson

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 Walker

Senior Producer
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.