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Board of Directors

Gillian McCormack (Chair)

Gillian McCormack is a freelance creative marketing and events consultant working predominantly in the music and entertainment sector. Gillian’s expertise spans multiple marketing disciplines including strategy direction, sponsorship activation, event management and PR. She was Executive Producer of V&A Dundee Opening weekend in 2018 and works with clients including BAFTA Scotland and DF Concerts. 

Prior to her freelance career, Gillian was Managing Director of Material, one of Scotland’s leading marketing agencies. Throughout her 12 years with Material, Gillian worked with a string of blue-chip brands including Bank of Scotland, Tennent’s, Becks and SSE developing some of the most high-profile UK platforms in arts and music. These have included T in the Park, Beck's Fusions and T on the Fringe.

Her work with many of the leading arts bodies in Scotland contributed to the staging of numerous events every year.  Among those partners Gillian is proud to have worked with and contribute to are: National Galleries of Scotland, NVA, National Theatre of Scotland, Glasgow UNESCO City of Music. Passionate about the promotion and development of the arts in Scotland, in her own time, Gillian is also a board member of the Tron Theatre. 


Victoria Beesley 

Victoria is Associate Director (Learning and Engagement) at Perth Theatre and Concert Hall. She is a Playwright and Director who specialises in creative learning and participatory practice. Between 2012 and 2020 Victoria was Artistic Director of Terra Incognita, delivering theatre and visual art projects with a range of community groups in Glasgow and beyond. Her work focuses on reducing barriers to accessing arts for participants and audiences. Victoria has worked as a freelance artist with organisations including Imaginate, National Theatre of Scotland and A Moment’s Peace. Victoria has also created theatre productions for children and young people, including My Friend Selma, which has toured extensively.

Trent Kim

Trent Kim is a South Korean born British artist and academic working across visual art and performance. He moved to Edinburgh from Seoul to study theatre design in 2002 and developed his early career as lighting designer and project manager in Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Over the years, he has been involved in various performance, CPD and community art projects in partnership with artist collectives, festivals, local authorities and funding councils selectively including Fish & Game, Symposia, Studio Life, Sawaki Office, Doodrock Productions, Theatre Bom, Mumu Productions, Shin Dance, Busan Intercity Film Festival, Busan International Dance Market, Busan Cultural Foundation. Currently, he is a part-time doctoral candidate at the Royal College of Art in London exploring Lumia, a historical light art practice from the US inter-war period and he is also working on a living archive project: Paisley School of Arts | est. 1838 (supported by Culture, Heritage & Events Fund by Renfrewshire Council), supporting a community campaign (as part of Dunure working group), and contributing to a transnational case study on creative sectors in the post-Covid-19 era (in partnership with Intercult and Fable studios).


Ramesh Meyyapan

A Glasgow-based Singaporean, Ramesh Meyyappan is a theatre maker who develops performances using an eclectic mix of visual and physical theatre styles. Ramesh continually seeks to develop and extend his theatrical visual vocabulary, for example incorporating circus techniques, bouffon, puppetry and illusion within his work. He enjoys the challenge of creating strong narrative visual work.

Over the years, his solo performances and collaborations have toured nationally and internationally (over 20 countries) to much critical acclaim. He has been nominated five times for Best Actor at the Life! Theatre Awards (Singapore) and awarded the accolade twice. In Scotland he was nominated for a Total Theatre Award for Snails and Ketchup and for a CATS – Best Actor for Off Kilter. 

Ramesh is an associate artist of Raw Material and represented by Brennan Artists as an actor. He is currently teaching the module he developed - Visual Theatre Module (BA Degree for Deaf) at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. and is a board member of 21Common.


Francis McKee

Francis McKee is an Irish writer and curator working in Glasgow. From 2005 - 2008 he was director of Glasgow International, and since 2006 he has been the director of the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. He is a lecturer and research fellow at Glasgow School of Art. He has worked on the development of open source ideologies and their practical application to art spaces, specifically the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow. He curated the Scottish participation at the Venice Biennale with Kay Pallister in 2003. Since 2011 he has been lead researcher on an AHRC research project - The Glasgow Miracle: Materials Towards Alternative Histories - indexing the archives of The Scottish Arts Council Gallery, Glasgow, the Third Eye Centre and CCA, spanning 1973 to the present.


Harriet Mould

Originally from Wales by way of a Jamaican mother, Harry (she/her) has worked in the arts for nearly a decade, and is currently Press and EDI Manager at The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh. Previously, she worked in press and marketing at The Octagon Theatre in Bolton, where she also worked to establish an LGBTQ+ safe-space meet up and the town’s first ever Pride weekend. Now in Edinburgh, Harry remains active in supporting intersectional representation and inclusivity in the arts. She is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Scottish Workplace LGBT+ Networking Society, SWAN, is a Schools Role Model for Stonewall Scotland, and consults with organisations seeking to evaluate and improve their Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity commitments. In her spare time, Harry is a contemporary portrait painter.


Judith Patrickson

Judith Patrickson is the Director of Finance and Company Secretary of Scottish Opera, and has been with the company since 2001. Previously she worked as an auditor in Newcastle, Sunderland, Cambridge and Hexham, and from 1996 to 2001 was Audit Manager with Coulsons Chartered Accountants in Scarborough, specialising in Charities. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, and has a Diploma in Charity Accounting. Judith was a member of the group responding to the Charity and Investment (Scotland) Bill for Institute members in Scotland.

Judith is the Hon. Treasurer of the Friends of Scottish Opera, Director of Cheek by Jowl, Director of Capella Nova and Director of Cove Park. She is a member of the Kelvin Choir in Glasgow and a founder member of The Argus Singers in Durham. She enjoys attending the theatre, music concerts and festivals.


Mark Thomson

Mark was Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company from April 2003 till June 2016 during which time he has directed over twenty productions including world premieres of Donna Franceschild’s Takin’ Over the Asylum, D C Jackson’s The Marriage of Figaro, Jo Clifford’s Every One and adaptation of Goethe’s Faust parts one and two, Six Black Candles by Des Dillon, John Byrne’s Uncle Varick as well as his own plays: A Madman Sings to the Moon, Pinocchio, his adaptation of James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner and, in 2011, Wondrous Flitting. In 2015 he directed The Caucasian Chalk Circle which won 4 CATS awards and earned him a nomination for Best Director at the UK Theatre Awards. Also that year his production of Waiting For Godot starring Brian Cox and Bill Paterson was nominated for several categories including Best Director and won Best Production at the CATS.

Mark was Artistic Director of the Brunton Theatre Company from 1997 to 2002, directing 21 shows and winning a Herald Angel Award for his play A Madman Sings to the Moon, and a Scotsman Fringe First and a Herald Angel Award for his play Moving Objects. Prior to that he was Assistant Director at the Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Royal Shakespeare Company and Associate Director at Nottingham Playhouse. Mark is also on the board of Puppet Animation Scotland and Poorboy Theatre Company. When not fretting over theatre Mark plays in his band The Bail Sheriffs and cycles in all weathers.

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