Scottish Ballet’s Board of Directors bring a diversity of knowledge and experience to the Company.
Whilst governance is an overarching responsibility, members are also active in ensuring finance, auditing, compliance and other operational aspects of the Company, such as fundraising, brand and advocacy, are benchmarked to the highest standard.
Directors engage with the Company at all levels, from formal Board and committee meetings, to attendance at rehearsals, events and performances locally and internationally.
Mr Norman L Murray is Chairman of premium international spirits company The Edrington Group Limited.
He is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, and a past Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association. Norman also chaired the independent committee charged with establishing Audit Firm Governance Code, published by the Financial Reporting Council in 2010.
Norman qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young
McLelland Moores, now EY in Edinburgh, and then worked with Peat Marwick
Mitchell, now KPMG, in Hong Kong. He then worked in the venture
capital industry with RBS, Charterhouse, Morgan Grenfell and Deutsche
Bank - being a co-founder of Morgan Grenfell Private Equity and a
Director of Morgan Grenfell Asset Management.
Norman was Chairman of international oil services company
Petrofac Limited, and of the oil exploration and production company,
Cairn Energy plc, both FTSE 100 companies. He was also Deputy Chairman
of Cairn India Limited, the Senior Independent Director at Robert
Wiseman Dairies plc and Greene King plc. He also served on the Boards
of Glasgow Income Trust, Penta Capital Partners and Bristow Helicopter
He was a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of
Scotland’s Research Committee which published Making Corporate Reports
Valuable and was Chairman of the Institute's Public Sector Task Force
which published Accounting for Public Service-Towards a New Reporting
Norman was a Governor and Chairman of the Investment Committee at
St Columba's Hospice, Chairman of the Governing Council at George
Watson's College Edinburgh and is currently an Honorary Professor at
Heriot-Watt University. He is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University and
graduated from the Programme for Management Development at the Harvard
Business School in 1987. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Edinburgh in 2015.
Norman has had a lifelong interest in the arts and is also a Patron of Pitlochry Festival and Theatre.
Jacquelynn Craw is General Counsel and Company Secretary of Fairfield Energy Limited, an independent UK oil and gas exploration and production company based in Aberdeen and London. Educated at both Glasgow and Aberdeen Universities, she is a qualified Solicitor.
Jacquelynn's career over 20 years has been in-house with major oil and gas companies such as Shell UK and Talisman Energy UK. At Talisman she was a Director and Vice President for Legal and Corporate Social Responsibility as well as a Pension Trustee. Jacquelynn has been a Governor of Aberdeen University since 2006 and sits on its Operating Board and Remuneration Committee.
She has also been on the Board of LOGIC, a subsidiary of Oil and Gas UK, for eight years. She has worked closely with Arts and Business Scotland for over ten years to foster partnerships between the energy sector and arts organisations. In Aberdeen, she is an Ambassador for the charity, 'Aberdeen Foyer'.
Anna Bateson is at the Guardian Media Group where she is in charge of video strategy for Guardian News and Media.
This role follows a stint as director of digital at Charlotte Tilbury, a fast growing British based start-up. She was responsible for e-commerce, social, content, customer service and any manifestation of the digital customer experience.
Prior to this she was director of global consumer marketing at YouTube, showing consumers, advertisers and content creators the range and scale of what the platform had to offer. She joined Google in 2009, leading YouTube marketing in EMEA, and moved over to the US in 2013 to take on this global role.
Previously, Anna was director of viewer marketing at ITV, where she was responsible for all programme and channel brand communication on and off air. Before ITV, Anna spent 4 years at MTV Networks UK, where she finished up as VP marketing across all the nine channel brands that were launched at that time. Before MTV, she worked as marketing director at Artsworld, the independent arts channel that is now SkyArts, WGSN the fashion information service, and Bloomberg – where she ran all the European marketing and sponsorship programmes.
Ted Brandsen danced with Dutch National Ballet from 1981 to 1991. In 1991, he retired from dancing in favour of concentrating on choreography.
In 1998, Brandsen was appointed artistic director of West Australian Ballet in Perth. At the beginning of 2002, Brandsen returned to Dutch National Ballet, initially in the position of assistant artistic director and resident choreographer and since 2003 as artistic director of the company.
He has been the director of Dutch National Ballet since August 2012, during which time the Company has made enormous progress. In 2013, for instance, the New York Times ranked the Company in the top five dance institutions in the world that presented new productions, and De Süddeutsche Zeitung ranked the group in the top three in the world.
A Chartered Accountant by training, Jann spent the first ten years of her career in the profession, working for both KPMG and Deloitte. Jann then spent 17 years in the oil industry, latterly as Chief Founding Office and Managing Director of Cairn Energy Plc.
Jann is currently Chair of the Audit Committees of John Wood Group PLC and Troy Income and Growth Trust Plc, and a Trustee of Edinburgh University Development Trust.
Rachel is a senior civil servant in the Scottish Government. Her 25-year public service career has included executive and non-executive policy and operational leadership roles across such sectors as economic development, justice, international development, and European policy.
Rachel has had a life-long interest in music and the arts, and was awarded an Exhibition in music at Oxford University. She is also a non-executive director of Scottish Ensemble, a Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Chief Executive / Artistic Director
Christopher Hampson joined Scottish Ballet as Artistic Director in August 2012.
Christopher trained at the Royal Ballet Schools. His choreographic work began there and continued at English National Ballet, where he danced until 1999 and for whom he subsequently created numerous award-winning works, including Double Concerto, Perpetuum Mobile, Country Garden, Concerto Grosso and The Nutcracker.
Christopher’s Romeo and Juliet, created for the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB), was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award (Best New Production 2005) and his production of Giselle for the National Theatre in Prague has been performed every year since its premiere in 2004. Christopher created Sinfonietta Giocosa for the Atlanta Ballet (USA) in 2006 and after a New York tour it received its UK premiere with ENB in 2007. He created Cinderella for RNZB in 2007, which was subsequently hailed as Best New Production by the New Zealand Herald and televised by TVNZ in 2009.
His work has toured Australia, China, the USA and throughout Europe. His most recent commissions are Dear Norman (Royal Ballet, 2009); Sextet (Ballet Black/ROH2, 2010); Silhouette (RNZB, 2010), Rite of Spring (Atlanta Ballet, 2011), Storyville (Ballet Black/ROH2, 2012) nominated for a National Dance Award 2012, andHansel & Gretel (Scottish Ballet 2013).
Christopher is a co-founder of the International Ballet Masterclasses in Prague and has been a guest teacher for English National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Bonachela Dance Company, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and the Genée International Ballet Competition. Christopher’s work now forms part of the Solo Seal Award for the Royal Academy of Dance.
Christopher was appointed as Chief Executive / Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet in 2015.
Giles was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of international advertising agency M&C Saatchi in London, having spent 22 years in various strategy and management roles in advertising agencies in the UK and globally.
Prior to this he was Chief Strategy Officer at FCB Inferno after spending nearly 8 years with the Leo Burnett organisation, where he held the title of Global Chief Strategy Officer. He formerly worked in planning roles at such agencies as JWT and MCBD (now known as Dare).
An Oxford Modern Languages graduate with a diploma in International Business from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, Giles has helped to build many of the world’s biggest brands, at some of the world’s most famous creativagencies, including J. Walter Thompson, Leo Burnett, and Foote Cone & Belding.
Giles served for five years on the board of the Institute for Practitioners in Advertising, and for two years on the European Advisory Board of The Ehrenberg Bass Institute - the world’s leading marketing science body. He is also a member of the Google Creative Council in the UK and visiting lecturer at the London School of Economics.
A graduate in engineering, Callum’s career began in manufacturing in the design & production of computer-controlled machine tools. Subsequently, Callum moved into the software industry helping to build one of Scotland’s most successful early software businesses in hypertext – the basis of the presentation of information on the internet – before its sale.
For 20 years since, Callum has built a business consultancy and learning & professional development business. Working principally in management and leadership, Callum and his team
have worked with over 300 client companies developing innovative,
award-winning programmes in behavioural skills across a wide range of
private and public organisations. With an olive grove in Andalucia and a
keen interest in Spain and its culture, Callum has recently started an
olive and olive oil business.
Steven Roth trained as a conductor at the prestigious Victorian
College of the Arts (VCA) in Melbourne. After graduating he established
the Chamber Orchestra of Geelong, and for ten years presented annual
concert seasons as well as conducting throughout Australia and
Through his professional music connections and experience as a
concert promoter, his career began to shift towards management and
subsequently led to an opportunity in 2000 to accept an executive role
with Andrew McKinnon Presentations – a company that presents major
international acts and artists within Australasia.
An invitation to return to the VCA in 2002 to establish a sponsorship
programme, enabled him to utilise his fundraising and marketing skills
to support the institution’s creative and academic accomplishments.
2004 he was promoted to the role of Manager, Development and Public
Affairs with responsibility for development, marketing and
communications, events, patron and alumni programs. A highly successful
corporate re-brand and innovative marketing campaign – Your VCA – saw a
substantial increase in public support and philanthropic revenue.
Steven was appointed Chief Executive of West Australian Ballet (the
State Ballet for Western Australia) in 2007 and led the company through
the most significant development in its 63 year history.
Together with a
strong Business Case, government, corporate and private support; WAB
tripled its annual revenue, increased the dancer troupe from 19–38,
completed a $12.5M capital campaign and major building project for a new
State Ballet Centre, rebranded and strengthened its position as
Australasia’s most dynamic and innovative ballet company.
Steven was appointed as Executive Director of Scottish Ballet in March 2016 and formally joined the Scottish Ballet Board in December 2016.
Keith Ruddock is a solicitor and was General Counsel and Company Secretary of The Weir Group PLC based in Glasgow, from April 2012 until his retirement at the end of 2015. Prior to joining The Weir Group, he had spent 20 years working in the international legal department of Shell in a variety of roles and in different parts of the world, most recently as General Counsel for Shell's global Upstream business based in The Hague.
Keith was born and grew up in Ireland, and is a member of both the Global Irish Network and of the Development Board of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in London. He is also a Visiting Professor in Law at the University of Strathclyde.