Richard Lewis, Chair
Richard is a freelance conductor, vocal coach, pianist, composer and lyricist. He is a permanent visiting lecturer to the Musical Theatre Department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a visiting lecturer at the Brisbane Conservatorium, Australia. He was Convener of the Culture and Sport Committee of the City of Edinburgh Council, and Festival and Events Champion, 2012-2017. He lives in Edinburgh and has a young family.
Andrew Baker, Company Accountant
Andrew is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a former Partner of Top 10 accountancy firm Baker Tilly. He currently heads up the Scotland, Ireland and Craft Beer commercial finance functions at Molson Coors.
Murray Jack, Company Secretary
Murray Jack is a corporate team partner of law firm HBJ Gateley. He has experience of advising on a broad range of corporate transactions involving private and public companies of a variety of sizes. He advises businesses principally in the life sciences, technology, food and drink, software and renewable energy sectors.
After graduating from Edinburgh in Mathematical Science, Robert spent all his working life (35 years) in computing – splitting his time evenly between support and software development. He was – and still is – an enthusiast for personal computing. Since retiring, he volunteers with a few different charitable organisations to help and advise on IT matters.
Andy is a freelance photographer and communications/marketing consultant (www.andycatlin.com) whose recent clients include Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, National Museums of Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland, Modern Studies, Birds of Paradise, Cycling UK, Parkinsons UK, Assembly Festivals and the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling. He previously worked as Marketing Manager at The Queen’s Hall, Traverse Theatre and Aberdeen’s The Lemon Tree and was a board member / Vice Chairman of Puppet Animation Scotland (2012-16).
Ailis is an aspiring writer, director and facilitator. She has recently returned to Edinburgh after studying in Aberdeen where she was awarded an MA (Hons) degree in English and History. She has worked in theatre and venue management for five years with Aberdeen Performing Arts and Summerhall, and has recently moved to join the front of house team at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. Following on from volunteering with youth theatre projects and script in hand new writing nights in Aberdeen, Ailis has been with Strange Town since March 2016 and as well as working with our youth theatre groups, she leads some of the company’s outreach workshops in schools.
Kate is a teacher who works with children who have Autism and complex needs in Midlothian. She previously worked as a primary teacher across schools in Edinburgh. Over the past 2 years she has been on the Board for Forth Childen’s Theatre. Kate has 2 children who have taken part in Strange Town’s after school drama outreach programme, are currently in the youth theatre and the young actors’ agency.
John Naylor OBE, Lifetime President
John has a wealth of experience gained from 40 years in the charity sector and has been at the forefront of policy and regulation changes in Scotland’s third sector. In 2000, he was a member of the Commission to Review Charity Law in Scotland, which resulted in the establishment of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), of which John became the first Chair in 2006. As well as Chair of Strange Town, John is currently President of YMCA Scotland; Chair of RSA Scotland; a Trustee of Foundation Scotland; and a co-opted member of National Trust for Scotland’s Audit and Risk Management Committee.