Federation of Scottish Theatre have just appointed co-Chairs of their board: Belinda McElhinney, Executive Producer of Take Me Somewhere – Glasgow’s new festival of contemporary performance and Liam Sinclair, designate Executive Director / Joint CEO of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre are sharing the role in a first for FST.
Members agreed that a change to the rules for the board would promote shared and flexible working practices at the highest level in the sector, in line with our strategic partnership with Parents and Carers in Performing Arts and underline our commitment to collaboration across the sector.
The new co-Chairs commented:
“We’re delighted to be able to take this opportunity to put into practice the shared and flexible working practice we so strongly believe in. We hope this sets a precedent and encourages organisations to take a more holistic view when working across their organisation. Together we bring a varied set of skills and experiences which we look forward to contributing to these roles.”
FST is the membership and professional development body for the theatre, dance and opera in Scotland. Its membership covers producing and receiving venues, touring companies and freelance arts professionals, totalling just over 200 members. The organisation’s Board is elected by and from the membership.