Board of Directors

Join the Board of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland

The Board of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS) is made up of talented individuals who are passionate about young people’s involvement in the arts and the contribution this makes to Scotland’s cultural, social and economic life.

With the aim of increasing the size of our Board in 2017, we are inviting expressions of interest from individuals who would like to be involved in the strategic direction and stewardship of an in-touch, inspirational and pioneering national organisation.

Whether you can offer expertise in the arts, education, youth work, public policy or business, or are simply keen to contribute your skills and enthusiasm to YTAS’s growth and development, we want to hear from you.

We’re looking for new Board members who:

  • Are team-players.
  • Are ready to be proactive in their role.
  • Can commit the necessary time to their duties on the Board.
  • Have any level of Board experience.
  • Are from any region in Scotland.
  • Are aged 16+.

Please note that although this is a voluntary role, training and reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be provided.

Further details

How to apply
To apply to join the Board of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland please send a 1-page statement outlining why you are interested in this role and what skills and experience you would be able to contribute as a Board member to kenny[at]


Rachael Brown - Chief Executive of Cultural Enterprise Office


Joined Youth Theatre Arts Scotland: 2014

Rachael is passionate about 3 things: young people, arts and young people. Having enjoyed many years of success at Impact Arts, Rachael became a Saltire Fellow in 2014, moving to Boston and working in Shanghai and Silicon Valley. Rachael Brown was appointed Chief Executive of Cultural Enterprise Office in July 2016, the specialist agency for creative micro-businesses and cultural practitioners. Rachael is also a performance advisor with Inspiring Scotland, Social Entrepreneur in Residence with Social Investment Scotland and Creative Director of Our Creative World.

Rachael joined the board of YTAS in 2014 as she was keen to be part of an arts organisation that had young people at its heart. She says, "working with YTAS's CEO, Kenny McGlashan, is a privilege. His never-ending enthusiasm for the sector is infectious and he is a genuine talent. YTAS will continue to represent, deliver for and challenge the youth arts sector in Scotland and I for one am delighted to be part of that journey."

Gillian Gourlay - Learning and Outreach Manager National, Theatre of Scotland


Joined Youth Theatre Arts Scotland: 2013

Gillian has been involved in participatory theatre since 1998, running the Learning and Outreach departments of both Borderline and The Tron Theatre before taking up her current post of Learning and Outreach Manager for The National Theatre of Scotland in 2005. Gillian's professional experience has seen her develop numerous projects with schools, youth theatres, local communities, individuals and artists, both nationally and internationally. As well as working on a consultancy basis for a number of corporate organisations and Local Authorities, creating and delivering training programs using the arts as a training tool, she is also an accredited coach and volunteer mentor. Gillian joined the board of YTAS in 2013 after years of attending many of the organisation's events and seeing the impact it made. She wants to help ensure the opportunities available to young creatives across Scotland continue to grow and develop. She says, "Being a board member is rewarding in so many ways and something she cannot recommend strongly enough".

Elspeth Hough - Policy Analyst, Scottish Government

Vice Chair

Joined Youth Theatre Arts Scotland: 2011

Elspeth grew up near Glasgow and studied in St Andrews and Paris before taking up employment with the Scottish Government in 2000. As a young person, she participated in youth music activities which allowed her to develop confidence, a love of music and make a wide circle of friends. Elspeth joined the YTAS Board in 2011, seeking to contribute to the provision of high quality opportunities for young people with a passion for theatre.

Deborah McArthur - Creative Learning Officer, Tron Theatre


Joined Youth Theatre Arts Scotland:

Deborah is a facilitator, director and theatre-maker who works with children, young people and adults in an education, youth theatre and community setting. She is currently the Drama Officer at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow. She is fascinated by people and the interactions they have no matter how small or trivial they seem. She believes taht everyone has a story inside them. Deborah is interested in taking these stories to an imaginative place and playing with perspective. Deborah joined the YTAS board in 2015, motivated by the strong belief she has in the youth theatre sector and the its development. She is inspired by the youth theatre work being made across Scotland and the direction the sector is moving in.

Ken Gouge - Director at CAP Ltd Arts


Joined Youth Theatre Arts Scotland:

Ken is an arts development consultant, writer and freelance trainer with over 30 years’ experience working with youth theatres in England and Scotland. He founded three youth theatres: The Everyman Youth Theatre, Liverpool; Wigan Youth Theatre; and Wigan Young People’s Theatre; each writing, devising and performing original productions by and for young people. “Somewhere Resting, a play he devised and directed with Wigan Young Peoples’ Theatre won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival. He is the current chair of trustees for Ryan Youth Theatre, Stranraer. He also chairs Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, Scotland’s largest performing arts festival. This year it received funding to provide the region with year-round access to professional performing arts in venues spanning this rural area. Ken wrote Drama in Schools – Second Edition, Arts Council England’s currant guidance on the teaching of drama for young people from 5 to 19. He moderates the Arts Award across Scotland and England, a post he has held since its inception ten years ago.

Alan McMillan - Partner, Burness Paull LLP


Joined Youth Theatre Arts Scotland:

Alan McMillan is a formidable commercial litigator at Burness Paull LLP, and heads up the property litigation team. He represents clients from the whole spectrum of the property and commercial sectors.

His legal knowledge is invaluable, and he has been a great asset to the YTAS board since joining in 2013.