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.

Rachael Brown

Chief Executive, Cultural Enterprise Office

Role: Chair

Joined Youth Theatre Arts Scotland: 2014

Rachael is passionate about young people and the arts. Having enjoyed many years of success at Impact Arts she became a Saltire Fellow in 2014, moving to Boston and working in Shanghai and Silicon Valley. In 2106 Rachael became Chief Executive of Cultural Enterprise Office, the specialist agency for creative micro-businesses and cultural practitioners. She 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 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

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".

Elspeth Hough

Policy Analyst, Scottish Government

Role: 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 as she was seeking to contribute to the provision of high quality opportunities for young people with a passion for theatre.

Deborah McArthur

Arts Development Officer, Culture NL

Role: Director

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.

Ken Gouge

Director, CAP Ltd Arts

Role: Director

Joined Youth Theatre Arts Scotland: 2014

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 The Everyman Youth Theatre, Liverpool; Wigan Youth Theatre; and Wigan Young People’s Theatre; writing, devising and performing original productions by and for young people, including 'Somewhere Resting which won a Fringe First in Edinburgh. Ken also wrote 'Drama in Schools' (2nd ed.), Arts Council England’s current guidance on the teaching of drama for young people. He moderates the Arts Award across Scotland and England and is the current chair of Ryan Youth Theatre, Stranraer, and the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.

Alan McMillan

Partner, Burness Paull LLP

Role: Director

Joined Youth Theatre Arts Scotland: 2014

Alan 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 YTAS since he joined the board.

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.

Hazel Wotherspoon

Role: Director

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.

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.