My early career was in community learning and development and community arts in Edinburgh, establishing WHALE arts and learning centre. Then worked for several years in the Scottish Arts Council, eventually as CEO. Appointed Executive Director (North) for Arts Council England. Returned to Scotland as Executive Director of the Saltire Society, a non-political cultural charity supporting, advocating for and celebrating the diverse range of our creative and cultural interests. Throughout I continued my own studies and professional development gaining an MBA, Advanced Creative Writing and Diploma in Leadership and Performance Coaching. Now have my own company with a focus on individual coaching and organisational development in creative and cultural sector. Chairman of 'Imaginate' Edinburgh International Children's Festival.