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2019 is our 50th anniversary and we are championing some of the people who help make Scottish Ballet a great place to work. Each week we will introduce you to a different career at Scottish Ballet and the person behind it.

As Sponsorship and Events Officer, Yvonne's role mainly focuses on relationship management with our diverse (and growing) portfolio of sponsors.

Take us through a day in the life of Yvonne at Scottish Ballet

It’s really varied – somedays it can be organising a photo-call to announce a new partnership, pitching to potential new sponsors, or entertaining clients and their guests with a private rehearsal at Tramway. I also project manage our biennial fundraising gala, which is a full time job in itself!

Tell us about your journey with the company so far

I’ve always been involved in dance and the arts, and when writing my dissertation for my Masters degree in Events Management, I focused on Scottish Ballet’s 2013 tour of Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling. When researching, I was lucky enough to see behind the scenes at Tramway and thought, 'this is where I want to be'. Starting with the Fundraising and Development team the following year was a dream come true, and although my role has changed over the past five years to focus on the Sponsorship and Commercial side of the business, I still get the same flutter of excitement when we are all working towards an opening night.

You’ve been hard at work on the 50th anniversary gala, tell us a bit about your role in organising this event

My colleagues Antonia, Laura and I have been planning the flagship event to celebrate 50 years of Scottish Ballet for the past 18 months – a lot of work for one night. Every detail needs to be meticulously planned, from liaising with the venue, caterers, suppliers and our designer, to working closely with our technical team to make the guest experience of the evening as smooth as possible. Our whole department also spent months sourcing auction prizes that are really special. From working in events for the past six years, it’s really important to be as prepared as possible, while keeping in mind that things won’t always go to plan – an oxymoron, but very true!

What’s your favourite thing about working at SB?

It’s a bit cheesy, but it is the people. The office, the studios and the theatres are always full of laughter, everyone who works here genuinely enjoys what they do and it really makes the difference in coming to work each day. 

What’s your ‘get up and go’ song?

I’m an emo kid at heart, so it’s a tough choice but I’ll go for Jimmy Eat World, A Praise Chorus.