Our People

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Meet the people that make YTAS possible.

You can email any of the team using firstname@ytas.org.uk.

Staff

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Kenny McGlashan

Chief Executive Officer
Joined YTAS in: 2014
Kenny has over 18 years’ experience working as a director, tutor and arts manager, with a background in youth theatre and children’s theatre. For the past nine years he has worked in management roles as Associate Director at Scottish Youth Theatre, Education Manager of Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and then Development Manager at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
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Helen Bain

General Manager
Joined YTAS in: 2010
Since 1999 Helen has worked in arts, charitable and educational environments in Scotland and overseas. She thrives on providing a solid foundation upon which others can grow, flourish and achieve great things. Also an accredited coach, Helen is passionate about supporting and encouraging people to discover more about themselves and achieve their potential. She is a particular fan of interactive and site-specific theatre.
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Catherine Makin

Projects Producer
Joined YTAS in: 2017
Catherine has worked in a variety of theatre administration, project co-ordination and producing roles. She is particularly interested in festivals, new work and talent development. Prior to working with YTAS she was Artistic Administrator at the Traverse Theatre and has previously worked with companies including Underbelly and Old Vic New Voices.
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Hollie Wegner-Jaszkin

Communications & Marketing Manager
Joined YTAS in: 2019
Hollie has worked in a variety of marketing roles in the cultural sector, joining YTAS from the national development body for Scotland’s museums. Before that, she was Marketing & Campaigns Manager at Horsecross Arts (Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre). She likes nothing better than a nice piece of print or a lovely banner, and if you see a YTAS tweet with a musical theatre reference, she is almost certainly the guilty party.
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Emma Barr

Sector Development Manager
Joined YTAS in: 2022
Emma has over 10 years’ experience working in the UK and Canada as a director and educator, specialising in making theatre for and with young people. With a background in applied theatre, she is particularly interested in how youth theatre can contribute to a young person’s sense of identity and creates a cultural community. Prior to working at YTAS she was the Associate Director at Prime Theatre in Swindon and has worked as a freelance artist for companies such as Pitlochry Festival Theatre, London Bubble, and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
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Andy Catlin

Marketing Coordinator
Joined YTAS in: 2016
Andy is also a freelance photographer and communications/marketing consultant whose recent clients include University of Edinburgh’s Music in the Community, National Galleries of Scotland, Jelly & Gin, Got Soul Choir and the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling. He previously worked as Marketing Manager at Edinburgh’s The Queen’s Hall and Traverse Theatre and Aberdeen’s The Lemon Tree.
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Joshua Holton

Administrator
Joined YTAS in: 2019
Josh joined YTAS after working as an Administrator for the University of Edinburgh for six years. He has volunteered for a youth group for seven years and is passionate about facilitating young people in expressing themselves creatively and achieving their ambitions. Outwith YTAS, Josh is also a freelance writer and illustrator.
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Ellie Mitchell

Research Intern
Joined YTAS in: 2022
Ellie is a SGSAH funded PhD researcher at the University of St Andrews, where she is writing a thesis on the influence of theatre on the novels of Virginia Woolf. Her research for YTAS aims to uncover the various long-term impacts of participation in youth theatre in Scotland, and she is excited to be developing her research skills in this new context. Ellie is also Manager of the Barron Theatre in St Andrews, and prior to her PhD she worked for two years as Production Manager at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge.

Board members

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

Hazel Wotherspoon

Chair | Chief Executive, Toonspeak Young People's Theatre
Joined YTAS in: 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.
Lisa Givens

Lisa Givens

Vice Chair | Senior Producer (Education), Scottish Opera
Joined YTAS in: 2019
Lisa has worked in participatory youth arts since 2005, and has a strong belief in the difference that the arts can make to the lives of children and young people. Lisa worked for a number of years as a youth theatre practitioner and director, and has since carried out creative learning and engagement roles within the Arts Development team at CultureNL, and in managing the Creative Learning department at Aberdeen Performing Arts. Her work has allowed her to develop a number of opportunities for children and young people across Scotland and engage with a range of families and communities through participatory arts. Lisa is delighted to be part of the board of YTAS, after almost a decade of attending events delivered by the team, and is excited about being part of a board which is active in inspiring so many young people through youth theatre.
Amanda Skinner-Welsh

Amanda Skinner-Welsh

Director | Training and Project Support Lead, Scottish Mentoring Network
Joined YTAS in: 2021
Amanda leads on the implementation of training and project support services for Scottish Mentoring Network, and also organises and facilitates network events for members. She studied at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, and has a degree in Health Promotion and a qualification in Health and Social care (Children and Young People). Before taking up her role at Scottish Mentoring Network Amanda worked at the Rock Trust where she developed a mentoring programme and ran creative and dynamic groupwork sessions for young people in collaboration with theatres and music groups. In her 20 years’ experience working with hard-to-reach young people, Amanda has seen the positive impact theatre and creative arts can have on their wellbeing. She is delighted to have the opportunity to join YTAS and be part of such a dynamic and creative board.
Fergus McMillan

Fergus McMillan

Director | Head of Equality and Diversity, Skills Development Scotland
Joined YTAS in: 2021
Fergus is an experienced senior leader, and equality and diversity practitioner. He is currently employed at Skills Development Scotland, leading on equality and diversity strategy across service provision. Previously, Fergus was Chief Executive of LGBT Youth Scotland, where he witnessed first-hand the transformational impact that committed and skilled staff and volunteers can have working alongside people who might otherwise be disengaged or excluded as a result of structural inequality or prejudice. A career highlight came in 2019, when Fergus won the Inspirational Leader Award at the national Youth Work Awards, after being nominated by his team at LGBT Youth Scotland. Fergus continues to participate in sectors (youth, community, theatre) close to his heart, by volunteering as board member for YTAS.
Gillian Lithgow

Gillian Lithgow

Director | Depute CEO and National Programmes Director, YouthLink Scotland
Joined YTAS in: 2021
Gillian has been a community learning and development practitioner and manager for 30 years. She graduated from the YMCA George Williams College with a BA (Hons) Informal & Community Education in 1997 and has been employed by YouthLink Scotland since then. Gillian strongly believes that it is vital that youth work staff and volunteers are well trained, supported, and informed so that they in turn provide a quality service for the young people they work with.
Lydia Demaison

Lydia Demaison

Director | Deputy Director of HR, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Joined YTAS in: 2021
Lydia has over 20 years’ experience working within a human resources environment. She began her career in the charity sector, working with an organisation who provided respite care combined with outdoor activity holidays. Following this, Lydia relocated to Scotland and joined the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she has worked since 2003. Lydia studied drama at school and remembers well the confidence it gave her. She appreciates the skills young people develop as a result of participating in arts-based activities and the benefit these transferable skills offer in all aspects of life. Lydia is excited to be able to work with and support organisation, such as YTAS, that make these opportunities happen and support young people as they develop.
Marisa De Andrade

Marisa De Andrade

Director | Programme Director, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh
Joined YTAS in: 2021
Marisa is a Health Policy academic with a background in investigative and broadcast journalism and performing arts. She is currently employed by the University of Edinburgh as Programme Director for an innovative MSc by Research in Health Humanities and Arts; Associate Director for the Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry; Programme Director for the PhD in Health in Social Sciences; and Co-Chair for the Counselling Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee. Marisa has led ‘traditional’ public health research using ‘conventional’ approaches and methodologies, as well as creative and arts-informed projects linked to health policy and practice. In 2018, she was winner of The Health Foundation’s X Factor for Evidence for the Public’s Health, arguing for arts-based approaches and social connectivity as evidence in health and inequalities. Marisa has been passionate about the power of theatre for as long as she can remember. She has witnessed and experienced first-hand how youth theatre can transform lives, so she is delighted to be a member of the YTAS board.
Mhairi Gilmour

Mhairi Gilmour

Director | Student
Joined YTAS in: 2019
Mhairi is a student at New College Lanarkshire studying a HND in Acting and Performance and also works for CultureNL as an Assistant Arts Tutor. She has recently finished her time with Airdrie Youth Theatre and Junior Conservatoire. YTAS first came to Mhairi’s attention when she took part in the New Territory young leader’s development programme. Then in 2019 she had the opportunity to perform at the National Festival of Youth Theatre. Youth theatre has always been important to her as it’s where she found her love for drama and she believes that it is a brilliant way for young people to express themselves and make their voices heard. Mhairi feels like she has just started on her journey and is looking forward to what’s to come. She is excited to be part of YTAS.
Rishaad Aït El Moudden

Rishaad Aït El Moudden

Director | Trust Fundraising Manager, Scottish Opera
Joined YTAS in: 2019
Rishaad is a fundraiser, project manager and producer in the arts. His experience of attending youth theatre during his teens encouraged him study acting at university, which has led to a career in arts management. For Scottish Opera he secures funding for a range of education and outreach projects across Scotland. During his time at The Gaiety in Ayr, he set up and managed a community theatre outreach programme across Ayrshire for excluded young people and older people living with dementia. He has developed participatory arts projects in collaboration with schools, care homes, youth theatres, youth groups, arts organisations, local authorities, universities and artists. One of his proudest achievements is working with the YTAS team to bring the National Festival of Youth Theatre to Ayr in 2017. So he is excited to join the YTAS Board to continue to support the organisation, its members and their young people to grow.