Tell us a bit about yourself and where you grew up.Back
I grew up in Edinburgh, by the sea, which was amazing for sandcastles and dog walking. I have been to university in England and Scotland and worked in both countries. My first job was as a Lowland Estate Factor looking after farms and estates in Scotland. Through my MBA this evolved in to farm diversification and re-using building for new uses. I then spent ten years working for the Prince’s Regeneration Trust helping local communities rescue important heritage buildings at risk. I am married with small two boys who are very naughty.
What has been your most valuable professional experience?
Learning to deal with challenging situations first thing in the morning, which leaves the rest of the day free to get on with work without worrying!
What are you most excited about working on at Southbank Sinfonia at St John’s Smith square?
Although buildings are important it is the people which inspire me most. I am excited to be working with a fabulous team of people and having the opportunity to help shape the future of this emerging new organisation.
Why do you think Southbank Sinfonia is important in today’s musical world?
If we want music to continue as a tradition, we need to support the best emerging talent. Our bursaries enable young musicians throughout the country and across the world to experience working in a professional orchestra and enable them to go on and establish successful music careers.
What’s your favourite thing about the building St. John’s Smith Square?
I love the fact the building has survived through so much history and comeback from being bombed and nearly completely destroyed during WWII. I am very much looking forward to helping shape the repair and refurbishment of this building to make it fit for purpose for the 21st Century.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
An RAF pilot
Tell us about your favourite musical experience.
Listening to Pegasus Choir sing Nesciens Mater by Jean Mouton as part of the music at my wedding, which is a wonderful piece of Renaissance music.