The Board of Scottish Opera



Sir Alexander Gibson



HRH The Duchess of Gloucester GCVO



Lady Veronica Gibson



Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE, QC
Colin J.S. McClatchie FRSE


Peter Lawson - Chairman

Peter Lawson is a lawyer, and a partner in a Glasgow-based firm specialising in licensing. He has been involved in a number of arts organisations and trusts both as legal adviser and a board member over the past 25 years.


Peter is a past Chairman of the Tron Theatre Company, past Chairman of Glasgow UNESCO City of Music and a former committee member of BAFTA Scotland. He is a Director of NVA Europe, and the current Chairman of St Peter’s Kilmahew Ltd, the arts organisation spearheading the restoration and development of the former St Peter’s Seminary and grounds in Cardross.


Peter lives in Glasgow, and his other interests include film, theatre and walking.

John McCormick – Vice Chair
Vice Chair John McCormick

John graduated MA (Hons) in History and Economic History from Glasgow University in 1967 and taught in a Glasgow comprehensive school while completing a MEd degree.


He joined BBC Education in 1970 and held a number of senior positions before taking up the post of Controller of BBC Scotland in 1992, responsible for all BBC activities in Scotland. John retired from the BBC in 2004 and is currently Electoral Commissioner with special responsibility for Scotland and a Director of the Irvine Bay Urban Regeneration Company.


John has received Honorary Degrees from The Robert Gordon University, University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow and University of Paisley. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Professor Dorothy Miell - Vice Chair

Professor Dorothy Miell is Head of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Vice Principal of the University of Edinburgh. 


Although born in Scotland, from the age of five, she lived in various parts of England until her arrival at the University of Edinburgh in March 2010, appointed following a five-year period as Dean of Social Sciences at The Open University in Milton Keynes. At Edinburgh, she holds a personal Chair in Social Psychology. Her research interests are in relationships and communication and especially how these are involved in the process of collaborative working in creative fields.


She collaborates with colleagues within both academic and professional arts settings in the UK, Europe and the USA on this work and in supervising PhD students. These interests have proved relevant recently in developing the University’s relationships with institutions and organisations in the creative and performing arts across Edinburgh and Scotland. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Chair of its Psychology Education Board and a Trustee of the Society. She has recently been nominated by the Council of the Edinburgh International Festival as a member of the Council, and the outcome of this process will be known later in April.

Jessica Burns

Jessica Burns is the Regional Tribunal Judge for Social Entitlement Chamber in Scotland, managing a judicial team that hears approximately 20,000 Social Security and Criminal Injuries Compensation appeals every year. She was a Regional Tribunal Judge in Birmingham and Salaried Tribunal Chairman Scotland, based in Glasgow. In 2005 she was appointed by Scottish Ministers as the first President of the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland, a post she held until 2011.


She gained a BA (Joint Honours) in History and Sociology at Stirling University and an LLB degree at Edinburgh University before working as a solicitor in Edinburgh, then as a lecturer in Law at Glasgow and Aberdeen universities.


She is a former Board member of Theatre Objektiv and Playwrights Studio, and a Board member of NOISE (New Opera In Scotland Events) since 2012.


As a child she had singing and piano lessons, attending a performance during Scottish Opera’s first season at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle, and since then has sung in choirs at school, university and beyond, including Paddy Cuneen’s Sirens of Titan between 2005 and 2012.

Tony Burton OBE

Tony graduated in English and Philosophy from the University of Keele and spent some time teaching in Malaysia before taking up a post as a writer and researcher for Which? magazine. In 1975 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Planning Exchange in Glasgow and helped develop innovative ways of influencing good practice in urban and rural economic, social and environmental development throughout the UK. He is now semi-retired but continues as Managing Editor of the journal Scottish Planning and Environmental Law.


Tony became the Chairman of The Friends of Scottish Opera in May 2012 and was appointed a Vice President of Which? in November 2012, an organisation for which he was Deputy Chairman for over seven years. He is also Honorary Secretary of the Planning Exchange Foundation, which supports practical research into better place-making. He is a director of the Greenbelt Group of Companies. He is studying Opera at the Rose Bruford College in Kent. He lives in Glasgow and enjoys sailing a Clyde-built wooden yacht on the West Coast.

Bailie Liz Cameron

Bailie Liz Cameron has served on Glasgow City Council as, first, the Member for Knightswood then Garscadden/Scotstounhill since 1992. During that time she has been Chair of the Women’s Health Working Group, Chair of Arts and Culture, Lord Provost of the City, first Chair of Glasgow Life, Executive Member for Economic Development and, most recently, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning.


She is Chair of the Scottish International Piano Competition and soon to be a director of Glasgow Film Theatre and Scottish Ensemble. She also chairs Sense over Sectarianism in Glasgow. She is a member of The Merchants House and of the Trades House of Glasgow, and a member of We believe in Israel, the local government branch of Labour Friends of Israel.


She taught in adult, further and higher education for 20 years, having gained an MA (Hons) in English at the University of Glasgow. She is a doctor of Glasgow, Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian universities. She holds an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, and wears the insignia of Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic.


She loves choral singing – though she needs another hundred people round her! – speaks French and Italian, and is currently learning Spanish.

Dominic Fry

Dominic is Director of Communications and Investor Relations at Marks & Spencer. He joined in April 2009 from Tulchan. Dominic started his career in 1982 working as a consultant for Traverse-Healy & Regester and then Charles Barker. In 1989 he became Communications Director for AT&T in the UK before moving from there to head up communications for the Channel Tunnel in the mid 90s. In 1996 he was appointed Communications Director of J Sainsbury plc and took the same role in 2000 for Scottish Power plc.


Andrew Lockyer

Andrew Lockyer has worked for BBC Scotland since 1993. He oversaw BBC at The Quay, a 16-day pop-up festival which took place at Pacific Quay alongside the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Previously he was Executive Producer of BBC Two’s weekly cultural discussion programme The Review Show.


He created BBC Scotland's ArtWorks Scotland documentary strand and oversaw all 12 series, including programmes about the musicians Gerry Rafferty and Edwyn Collins, painter Peter Howson, actor Martin Compston and the hit play Black Watch. He developed close collaborative relationships with many artistic institutions, including the National Galleries of Scotland, National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, Glasgow School of Art and Sistema Scotland.


For a number of years, he was responsible for the BBC’s television coverage of the Edinburgh Festival in series such as Edinburgh Nights, The Edinburgh Show and The Review Show. He also produced The Man Who Cycled The World for BBC One Scotland, The Cinema Show for BBC Four, the Classics for Kids concert series and James MacMillan’s opera Inés de Castro, both for BBC Two, The Usual Suspects for Radio Scotland and created the Authors Live webcast series for BBC Learning.


He has always enjoyed nurturing new talent both in front of and behind the camera, as well as working with more established names such as Mark Lamarr, Mariella Frostrup, Kirsty Wark, Martha Kearney, Stuart Maconie and Michael Barrymore. He is a mentor for BBC Scotland’s Apprentice scheme, now in its third year.


He has served on the board of The Scottish Ensemble since 2009, was on the board of ek performance from 2008 to 2012 and was a committee member of BAFTA Scotland from 2008 to 2012, rejoining in 2013. He plays the piano, sings in choirs and cherishes his Grade 4 certificate on the viola.

John McDonald

John McDonald studied at Glasgow Caledonian University, Strathclyde University and Glasgow University, and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.


Since 2013 he has been Managing Director of OPITO, the education and skills body for oil and gas, which works in 43 countries around the world.


Previously he was a director of the Scottish Qualifications Authority, chairing the Curriculum for Excellence Communications Board and serving on a number of external boards, including the Court of the University of the West of Scotland, the Board of Awards UK and the Board of Scottish Colleges International. During his time at SQA he also established and led a new Licensing and Accreditation Agency for the government of Abu Dhabi.


He is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and as a Patron has been a long-standing supporter of Scottish Opera.

Stuart Patrick

Stuart Patrick is Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, committed to increasing trading opportunities for Chamber members and delivering a strong business influence on the growth of the Glasgow city region. He joined the Chamber in 2009 and has worked with the Chamber’s Board and Governing Council to build the Chamber’s policy voice, evolve member services and increase the Chamber’s contribution to Glasgow’s ambitious economic strategy. He sits on the Glasgow Economic Leadership board and is a director of Scottish Chambers of Commerce.


Stuart was previously Senior Commercial Director at Scottish Enterprise, responsible for the development of the agency’s business plan, and led Scottish Enterprise Glasgow in its role as Glasgow’s business-governed economic development agency for two years. He has devoted much of his working life to the economic transformation of Glasgow. At the beginning of his career he trained with Ernst and Young, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and has an MBA from Strathclyde University. He took his first degree at Glasgow University.


He has a number of business and personal interests around Glasgow, including the chairmanship of the Wise Group, directorships of the Glasgow Science Centre, Clyde Gateway URC, the Arches Theatre and the Cottier Project. He has many years of personal experience of the licensed bar and restaurant trade, plays tennis, enjoys most art forms and remains determined to master German before retirement.

Alex Reedijk FRC
General Director and Board member Alex Reedijk

Alex joined Scottish Opera as General Director in February 2006, following four years at the helm of the NBR New Zealand Opera. Prior to this post he was Executive Director of the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts. His career includes extensive experience in production management for theatre, ballet festivals and opera. During the 1980s and 1990s he worked in the UK for several major arts festivals and opera companies, including Scottish Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Opera Ireland and Garsington Opera before returning to New Zealand in 1998.


Alex has also worked on a range of ‘handmade productions’, including several opera premières, and was involved in Creative New Zealand’s initiative to foster the growth of new New Zealand operatic work. In 1998 he became the Festival’s Deputy Executive Director, with particular responsibility for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which made its first highly successful visit out of Edinburgh to Wellington in 2000. He held this post until his appointment as Executive Director of the 2002 New Zealand Festival.


In November 2011, Alex was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Jenny Slack

Jenny Slack worked in artistic administration and the management of classical music and opera from 1963 until her retirement in 2010. Her first position was with the well-established international impresario and artists management organisation Harold Holt Ltd (now Askonas Holt Ltd) based in London. This was followed by a further spell of artists management before joining the Arts Council of Great Britain (1973–1982) as the first Touring Officer/Opera in the newly created Touring Department. As part of her responsibilities at ACGB she worked closely with Scottish Opera, arranging touring dates in England.


Her first post with an opera company was as Personnel Manager at English National Opera, after which she joined Kent Opera in the new position of Executive Director.


In 1986 she was appointed Director of Planning with Scottish Opera.


She now lives in London and since retirement has been on the Opera panel of the Olivier Awards, and currently sits on the Opera panel of the Royal Philharmonic Society.