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National Theatre of Scotland Board welcomed


Richard Findlay, Chairman of the National Theatre of Scotland (NToS), and the Scottish Arts Council today announced the appointment of the Theatre’s inaugural Board. The individuals appointed bring a range of skills and experience in the arts and in business, with impressive track records in their chosen fields.

The seven board members appointed are: Anne Bonnar, partner, Bonnar Keenlyside cultural management consultants; Allan Burns, Joint Executive Director of Diageo Scotland; Peter Cabrelli, retired Group Human Resources Director of HBOS; Claire Chapman, Head of Production at Scottish Screen; Professor Maggie Kinloch, Head of Drama, Queen Margaret University College; Iain More, founding partner of fundraisers Iain More Associates; and Dr Donald Smith, Chair of the Scottish Storytelling Centre and former Chair of the independent working group which advised the Scottish Arts Council on the structure of the National Theatre.

Mr Findlay said, ‘The quality of applicants who came forward for these positions is testament to the enthusiasm of Scots for their own National Theatre and the drive to make it world class. I look forward to working with such a talented group of people, who are all dedicated to theatre in Scotland. This is an important step in establishing the Theatre’s credentials and our progress towards the first production.’

The National Theatre of Scotland has been established as a commissioning theatre.  The commissioning model will not need a new theatre building or a permanent company of actors, but will make use of existing theatre buildings, actors and technical staff to create new work to be staged in venues throughout Scotland and internationally.

Frank McAveety MSP, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, welcomed the appointments and said, ‘I am delighted to see the National Theatre of Scotland striding forward to the next stage of its development. The governance skills, experience and teamwork of the people appointed to the board today will be crucial

to the future achievement and dynamism of Scotland’s bold new theatre. They must

rise to the challenge of delivering top class theatre to the people of Scotland.  I congratulate them warmly and wish them every success in this demanding role.’

The appointments were made on the advice of a recruitment panel, comprising representatives of the Scottish Arts Council and the theatre profession, and chaired by Richard Findlay.  The board members will be very busy initially, giving of their time and talents on a pro bono basis.

The next stage in the Theatre’s timetable will be the advertisement and recruitment of a Creative Director, expected to be in post by the end of this year.

Scottish Arts Council Chairman James Boyle added, ‘We will continue to do all we can at the Scottish Arts Council to support the Board in bringing the National Theatre of Scotland into being for the benefit of audiences and artists across Scotland.’

Notes to editors

  1. The Scottish Arts Council (www.scottisharts.org.uk) champions the arts for Scotland, investing £60 million from Scottish Executive and National Lottery funding to support and develop artistic excellence and creativity throughout Scotland.
  2. Funding for the National Theatre of Scotland, effective from 1 April 2004 and totalling £7.5m over the next two years, has been allocated to the Scottish Arts Council by the Scottish Executive. The Arts Factory in Greater Easterhouse has been identified as the preferred location for the National Theatre of Scotland’s administrative office. Interim premises for the National Theatre are currently being sought in Glasgow, to be used until the Easterhouse location is complete in mid-2005.
  3. Full biographical details of Board Members, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

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