With qualifications in Applied Foreign Languages & European Politics and EC Law, Samantha began her career as Policy Advisor in the European Parliament. This was followed by nine years as CEO of Scottish Business in the Community, led by HRH the Prince of Wales.
Since then, she has been appointed to the advisory board of Scottish Power (2007), the board of Iberdrola (2008), and spent nine years on the board at Right Track, a Scottish youth employability charity.
She is currently a Vice Chairman of the 2020 Group on Climate Change, an advisory board member for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and a board member of the Scottish European Education Trust, as well as undertaking consultancy and business coaching.
A finalist and runner-up in the IoD Scotland NED of the Year Awards in 2012, she was listed as one of the ‘Top 100 Women to Watch’ in the FTSE list compiled with Cranfield University in 2013 and 2014 and is also a member of the prestigious Global Scot and Global Board Ready Women networks.
She became Chairman of Scottish Ensemble in February 2015.
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Diane is double bass player with Scottish Ensemble. See her full profile here.
Jeff Fergus was born and educated in Glasgow and has spent most of his career in advertising and marketing. After university he joined the London office of Leo Burnett, a large American advertising agency whose clients included Cadbury, Proctor & Gamble and Kellogg, among many others. Having spent seven years as CEO of the London office he joined the main Board of the company and moved to Hong Kong as CEO of the agency’s Asia Pacific operations. He later returned to London to take responsibility for all of the company’s global operations outside America. Following retirement from the advertising industry he has continued to work as a marketing consultant for the Unipart Group. He is also Chairman of the trustees of Ronald McDonald House Charities and was a member of the Court of Strathclyde University for nine years.
Laura plays violin with Scottish Ensemble. See her full profile here.
Jonathan Morton is Artistic Director and Leader of the Scottish Ensemble, and enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, leader, soloist and teacher. His versatility finds him equally at home in the core classical repertoire, 20th and 21st Century music, and in collaborations with musicians from different musical traditions. His eclectic and engaging programming has won praise from audiences and critics alike, offering fresh perspectives on familiar repertoire as well as introducing little-known gems and championing new works. See his full profile here.
Lesley has broad experience in all aspects of arts administration, having worked at The Glasgow School of Art, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) and the Scottish Ensemble. During seventeen years with NYOS, the company developed from one symphony orchestra to nine performing ensembles, including The National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland, led initially by Nicola Benedetti, and The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland. Over the years at NYOS, Lesley’s roles included orchestral management, international tour planning, marketing, office management and latterly building a rewarding fundraising programme, negotiating significant corporate sponsorships, applying to charitable Trusts and nurturing individual relationships. During that time, she created and managed major events in venues such as the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
For over five years part-time at the Scottish Ensemble, Lesley’s freelance work related to reviewing and restructuring the fundraising strategy, latterly focusing her own attention on individual giving. With a keen interest in the arts, she has been associated for many years with charitable Trusts in the arts sector, having established one, continuing to administer two and as a Trustee of others.
Lesley Watt was born and educated in Aberdeen and qualified as a solicitor before switching career and re-training as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in Edinburgh. For almost twenty years she has held CFO/ Finance Director posts across a number of sectors including the Health Service, the National Trust for Scotland and the private sector including five years at the Wine & Spirits Division of Scottish & Newcastle (now Heineken), a number of private companies in the Care Sector and is currently the Interim Finance Director for the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service. She has served as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh Leisure as well as the Disciplinary and Charity Committees of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. In her spare time Lesley enjoys keeping fit, contemporary music (previous Vice-Chairman of Edinburgh Police Choir) as well as classical music (piano and ex-French Horn player).
Malcolm is a Chartered Banker and Independent Director with particular expertise in Change and Risk Management. A career banker with Clydesdale Bank Plc and latterly National Australia Group, Malcolm held a number of senior appointments. Following his retirement as Head of Insurance and Financial Services he has held numerous charity, public and private sector appointments including Deacon Convener of the Trades of Glasgow, Member of Court and Chair of the University of Strathclyde’s Audit Committee and Main Board Non Executive Director of the Scottish Prison Service. Married with one daughter, Malcolm also competes internationally in historic motor racing, enjoys playing badminton and, of course, classical music.