Board of Directors

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered with HMRC and a registered Scottish charity with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The Board therefore serve as Company Directors and Charity Trustees. YTAS’s governing document is its YTAS Articles of Association.

The board meets four times a year as well as an additional strategy away day.  The Board provides entrepreneurial and strategic leadership in pursuit of the organisation’s objectives as well as prudent and effective control, including assessment and management of risk.

Hazel Wotherspoon

Role: Chair

Joined Youth Theatre Arts Scotland: 2017

Hazel has over 25 years’ experience working in the arts as a practitioner, maker, programmer, project manager and producer. She has held Executive, Director and Board positions for a variety of cultural organisations including Heading Programming and Development for Arts and Theatres in Fife and Interim Directorship of the Federation of Scottish Theatre. Hazel is also a trained mentor and coach and an expert in funding development within the arts and culture sector. She is delighted to be a YTAS board member having worked with Kenny and the team on the National Festival of Youth Theatre, when it was hosted in Fife from 2010 to 2016.

Deborah McArthur

Arts Development Officer, Culture NL

Role: Vice-chair

Joined Youth Theatre Arts Scotland: 2015

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

Gillian Gourlay

Learning and Outreach Manager, National Theatre of Scotland

Role: Director

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 the post of Learning and Outreach Manager for The National Theatre of Scotland in 2005. Her 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, Gillian is also an accredited coach and volunteer mentor. She joined the board of YTAS 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 I cannot recommend strongly enough".

Zoe Cuthbert

Chief Evangelist, Brewgooder

Role: Director

Joined Youth Theatre Arts Scotland: 2017

Zoё has always been passionate about the arts and attended Scottish Youth Theatre’s Summer Festival in 2009 where her love of theatre blossomed. After completing a Masters degree in Glasgow she became the event manager for Scotland’s largest business dinner, the Scottish Business Awards; organised Social Bite’s CEO Sleepout – which raised over half a million pounds to tackle homelessness – and became Chief Evangelist of the start-up company Brewgooder. Working for a social business and start-up company, her current role is centred around creativity, innovation and creating a positive impact in the world. Zoё believes these themes are embedded within the arts sector and joined the YTAS board because she wants to ensure they remain.

Sally Borley

Executive PA, The National Trust for Scotland

Role: Director

Joined Youth Theatre Arts Scotland: 2017

During her career in broadcasting and arts administration Sally has worked as PA to senior executives at the BBC in London and in the independent television sector. In recent administrative roles at Creative & Cultural Skills and Arts & Business Scotland she has dealt extensively with many senior arts professionals, gaining a sound understanding of the arts and cultural landscape in Scotland. She has been involved in the administrative side of boards as Assistant to the Broadcasting Council of BBC Scotland, at the National Trust for Scotland and when she was PA to the Secretary to the Board of the National Theatre in London. Passionate about the arts and living in Edinburgh with all it has to offer Sally developed an interest in youth theatre due to her son’s involvement with the Lyceum's 'Summer on Stage' programme. The life skills and confidence he gained from his participation in youth theatre have proved invaluable and she truly believes they will stand him in good stead for the future.

Craig Steele

Founder, CoderDojo

Role: Director

Joined Youth Theatre Arts Scotland: 2017

Craig is an educator, published author and creative technologist who helps people develop digital skills in a fun and creative environment. He is a founder of CoderDojo in Scotland, former Digital Learning Manager at Glasgow Science Centre, a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, educational game developer and digital consultant to the media. Craig teaches digital skills in a relevant, fun and engaging way. He designs and delivers interactive training that brings coding and programming to life, for people of all ages and abilities. He was announced as one of the BBC Make it Digital’s 'One’s to Watch' in 2016 and in the Holyrood Tech 100 list for 2017. From his own experience attending Scottish Youth Theatre for 15 years he is aware of the impact youth theatre can have on the development of young people and joined the YTAS board keen to champion the role of Scotland’s youth theatre sector and explore opportunities for the further development of digital skills in a creative youth arts context.