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Board of Directors

Gillian McCormack (Chair)

Gillian McCormack is Managing Director of Material. Her time with Material dates back to Jan 2003 where she joined the company having cut her teeth in the media with a brief stint in journalism.  The move into marketing has been a successful one with Gillian rising to become Managing Director of Material UK in 2011.

Gillian’s expertise spans multiple marketing disciplines including strategy direction, sponsorship activation, event management and PR.  Ultimately, building brand relationships is Gillian’s passion.

Throughout her 12 years with Material, Gillian has 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, Becks Fusions and T on the Fringe.

Her work with many of the leading arts bodies in Scotland contributes 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. In her own time, Gillian is also a board member of the International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, DOCUMENT. Gillian was the winner of the Marketing Society Scotland’s Rising Star award for 2010.

Faith Liddell

Faith Liddell is an experienced creative producer, programmer, cultural entrepreneur and consultant who has worked in key strategic and creative roles across art forms for the last twenty five years. She has specialised in the creation and development of high profile national and international projects, collaborations and festivals and has been instrumental in creating and consulting on the evolution of organisations, projects and approaches that aspire internationally on a creative level, while connecting to economic development, innovation, education and community agendas. From 2007 to 2015 she was Director of Festivals Edinburgh, a new organisation designed to take the lead on the joint strategic development of all 12 of Edinburgh’s major festivals and to sustain Edinburgh’s pre-eminence as the world’s leading festival destination. In 2015 she won the Creative Edinburgh Leadership Award, received an OBE for services to the arts and was made a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She is a Visiting Professor at the Institute for International Cultural Relations in the University of Edinburgh and a member of Edinburgh’s Cultural Task Group.

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.

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.

She is the Hon. Treasurer of the Friends of Scottish Opera, Director of Cheek by Jowl, Director of Capella Nova and Director of Cove Park. 

Judith 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.

Caroline Thompson

Caroline has worked in the arts in Scotland since 1995 and has devised and delivered projects for a range of organisations including Suspect Culture, Playwrights’ Studio, FST, National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, Scottish Ensemble, RSNO and sound festival. Her work has focussed on developing skills and inspiring the potential of artists and young people in both the formal and informal education sectors. Caroline has a range of skills and experience including: developing partnerships with multiple organisations to deliver a range of arts and participatory projects, professional and organisational development, change management, business strategy and development commissioning and touring work of emerging and early career stage artists nationally and internationally alongside the production of large-scale events and festivals. Caroline is also a mentor with FST’s Step Up programme.

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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