The Board of Scottish Opera
Sir Alexander Gibson
HRH The Duchess of Gloucester GCVO
Lady Veronica Gibson
Professor Sir Duncan Rice
John Wallace CBE
Colin retired as Managing Director Scotland & Ireland, News International Newspapers in 2007, after working for the company for over 12 years. He is currently Chairman of St Columba's School, Kilmacolm. He was a non-Executive Director of Scottish Enterprise, Beattie Communications, and Dunfermline Press Group, and formerly chaired the Kemsley Agency. He is a former Chairman of Glasgow UNESCO City of Music.
Colin was born in Belfast and educated at Coleraine Academical Institution and Queen’s University, Belfast. Senior management positions have included: Thomson Regional Newspapers (Belfast, Newcastle, Reading, Edinburgh); Circulation/Marketing Director, Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd; Vice President, Newspaper Press Fund (Chairman, West of Scotland District); Chairman, Institute of Directors, Scotland (Chairman, West of Scotland Branch); Director, Scottish Networks International; Director, Scottish Enterprise Glasgow; Chairman, Scottish Society of Epicureans; and President, Queens University Association Scotland.
He has been on the Board of Scottish Opera since 2003, becoming Vice Chairman in 2004 and Chairman in 2008.
John graduated MA (Hons) in History and Economic History from Glasgow University in 1967 and taught in a Glasgow comprehensive school while completing a MEd degree.
He joined BBC Education in 1970 and held a number of senior positions before taking up the post of Controller of BBC Scotland in 1992, responsible for all BBC activities in Scotland. John retired from the BBC in 2004 and is currently Electoral Commissioner with special responsibility for Scotland and a Director of the Irvine Bay Urban Regeneration Company.
John has received Honorary Degrees from The Robert Gordon University, University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow and University of Paisley. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Elish Angiolini grew up in Govan in Glasgow and studied Law at the University of Strathclyde. She joined the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and rose to become, in 1997, the Head of Policy in the Crown Office. She was appointed Regional Procurator Fiscal for Grampian and the Highlands and Islands in 2000 – the first woman to hold such a post. She was installed as the first non-political Solicitor General for Scotland in 2001 – also the first woman, the first Procurator Fiscal and the first solicitor to hold the post. She became Lord Advocate in 2006. She has recently taken up an appointment as visiting Professor of Law at Strathclyde University and is now in practice at the Bar with Terra Firma Chambers.
She holds honorary degrees from Glasgow Caledonian, Strathclyde and Aberdeen universities, and an Honorary Professor of Laws from Aberdeen University. She was awarded the Zero Tolerance charity’s Elsie Inglis Awards ‘Woman in the Public Eye Award’ in 2006, and was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2011.
Professor Rona MacKie Black is a native of Dundee but spent most of her life in Glasgow. She has had an academic career with a research interest in skin cancer and was the first woman to be appointed to a professorial chair in the history of Glasgow University. Her interest in opera dates from the mid-1960s, when she enjoyed the early days of Scottish Opera led by Sir Alexander Gibson, and since then she has had the opportunity to attend opera around the world in the course of her professional travels.
In 2006 she graduated BA from Manchester in Opera Studies. Her other interests include collecting modern Scottish painting, gardening and reducing her golf handicap.
Tony graduated in English and Philosophy from the University of Keele and spent some time teaching in Malaysia before taking up a post as a writer and researcher for Which? magazine. In 1975 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Planning Exchange in Glasgow and helped develop innovative ways of influencing good practice in urban and rural economic, social and environmental development throughout the UK. He is now semi-retired but continues as Managing Editor of the journal Scottish Planning and Environmental Law.
Tony became the Chairman of The Friends of Scottish Opera in May 2012 and was appointed a Vice President of Which? in November 2012, an organisation for which he was Deputy Chairman for over seven years. He is also Honorary Secretary of the Planning Exchange Foundation, which supports practical research into better place-making. He is a director of the Greenbelt Group of Companies. He is studying Opera at the Rose Bruford College in Kent. He lives in Glasgow and enjoys sailing a Clyde-built wooden yacht on the West Coast.
John is Chairman of Edinburgh Airport Ltd and holds a number of other chairing and non-executive roles in the social enterprise, university and arts sectors.
In July 2013 he became a co-opted member of the Edinburgh International Festival Council. Earlier in his working life, he was Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government from 2003 -2010; and from 1999-2002 was Head of the Scottish Executive Education Department, in which role he was responsible for the Government's interests in the arts.
Dominic is Director of Communications and Investor Relations at Marks & Spencer. He joined in April 2009 from Tulchan. Dominic started his career in 1982 working as a consultant for Traverse-Healy & Regester and then Charles Barker. In 1989 he became Communications Director for AT&T in the UK before moving from there to head up communications for the Channel Tunnel in the mid 90s. In 1996 he was appointed Communications Director of J Sainsbury plc and took the same role in 2000 for Scottish Power plc.
Trevor is a professional management consultant with over 24 years' experience at Accenture and was the MD in Scotland who signed the three-year sponsorship deal with Scottish Opera. He has worked extensively in the financial services industry in the UK and across the world. Initially with a background in technology, he has worked more recently in broad management roles with wide client responsibility, and has a highly successful track record in sales and business leadership. He has led significant business transformation programmes in the UK financial services industry for large client organisations.
Trevor has been passionate about opera for many years and, together with his wife, founded a music festival at their local church that is still going strong in its sixth year, featuring everything from a drumming workshop for children to the band of the Royal Marines.
Trevor is also passionate about sailing and has had a long relationship with the British Olympic Sailing Team.
Shields Henderson is a Chartered Accountant who has played many roles in his business life, including partner in a firm of professional accountants, managing director and finance director of manufacturing and media companies, raising finance for new ventures and refinancing existing businesses. Nowadays he acts as non-executive director of a number of companies in industries ranging through newspapers, subsea engineering for the oil industry, consultant engineering and office equipment sales to residential letting and private ambulance provision. He is treasurer of East Neuk Festival and a member of the Business Committee of the University of Edinburgh.
He recently gained an MA at Edinburgh University and is learning to play the piano.His other interests are golf, music, poetry and reading. He is married with four children. He lives in Edinburgh.
Peter Lawson is a lawyer and a partner in a firm based in Glasgow, specialising in Licensing. Peter has been involved in a number of arts organisations and trusts both as legal adviser and a board member over the past twenty years. He is a past Chairman of the Tron Theatre Company and current Chairman of Glasgow UNESCO City of Music.
Peter’s interests include film and television, he is a committee member of BAFTA Scotland and is involved in film and television production.
Colin is the Executive Director of University Advancement at the University of Salford. He previously held the postition of Chief Executive of leading international philanthropic consulting firm Grenzebach Glier + Associates in Europe and, most recently, Vice-President, GCU Foundation and Director of Development, Glasgow Caledonian University. He has over twenty years experience in leading higher education and cultural development and marketing. In addition to his responsibilities for business development, he provided consulting advice and support to a range of institutions across the UK and Europe, including the universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Greenwich, Liverpool John Moores, Leeds, Durham, City, Southampton and the Open University. He also advised MGIMO – the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, the British Red Cross, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the Queen Mother’s Memorial Fund for Scotland and Club de Madrid.
Previously he served as Director, Marketing and Development, at the National Museums of Scotland; Director, External Affairs and Development at the University of Strathclyde (running a programme which won Gold in the 1993 UK Professional Fundraising Awards for the best educational campaign); Development Officer, St Hilda’s College, Oxford and Alumni Relations Officer at the University of Edinburgh.
Colin’s career began in The Netherlands, where for a time he taught English as a foreign language and was a Promotions Manager with Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.
He graduated in English and Business Studies with a BA and an MSc in Business Administration from the University of Edinburgh. He was born and brought up in Ayr.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Institute of Fundraising.
Professor Dorothy Miell is Head of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Vice Principal of the University of Edinburgh.
Although born in Scotland, from the age five, she lived in various parts of England until her arrival at the University of Edinburgh in March 2010, appointed following a five-year period as Dean of Social Sciences at The Open University in Milton Keynes. At Edinburgh, she holds a personal Chair in Social Psychology. Her research interests are in relationships and communication and especially how these are involved in the process of collaborative working in creative fields.
She collaborates with colleagues within both academic and professional arts settings in the UK, Europe and the USA on this work and in supervising PhD students. These interests have proved relevant recently in developing the University’s relationships with institutions and organisations in the creative and performing arts across Edinburgh and Scotland. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Chair of its Psychology Education Board and a Trustee of the Society. She has recently been nominated by the Council of the Edinburgh International Festival as a member of the Council, and the outcome of this process will be known later in April.
John has held a number of senior posts in local government in Scotland. As head teacher of a Glasgow secondary school, and latterly as Director of Education and Social Services in East Ayrshire he was committed to placing the Arts at the centre of his work. He is a former President of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES). Recently he chaired the Board of Learning and Teaching Scotland and was a member of the Joint Board of the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen. He has chaired and contributed to a range of boards, government reviews and trusts, many of which are associated with the arts and education in Scotland.
He holds a lifelong interest in music and opera, and is particularly committed to bringing them to young people and their communities across Scotland. In 2000 he was awarded the OBE for services to Education in East Ayrshire.
Alex joined Scottish Opera as General Director in February 2006, following four years at the helm of the NBR New Zealand Opera. Prior to this post he was Executive Director of the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts. His career includes extensive experience in production management for theatre, ballet festivals and opera. During the 1980s and 1990s he worked in the UK for several major arts festivals and opera companies, including Scottish Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Opera Ireland and Garsington Opera before returning to New Zealand in 1998.
Alex has also worked on a range of ‘handmade productions’, including several opera premières, and was involved in Creative New Zealand’s initiative to foster the growth of new New Zealand operatic work. In 1998 he became the Festival’s Deputy Executive Director, with particular responsibility for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which made its first highly successful visit out of Edinburgh to Wellington in 2000. He held this post until his appointment as Executive Director of the 2002 New Zealand Festival.
In November 2011, Alex was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.