Dr Jane Donald, Director of External Relations
Dr Jane Donald has a background in senior management in the arts. A philosophy graduate of the University of St Andrews, her final student summer job was a project for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and that suggested to her the possibility of a career in the administration in the arts. Her first full-time job was six months in the Box Office of Scottish Opera at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow. This early experience of selling performances and meeting audiences has proved invaluable.
Following her short period at the Opera, Jane joined the marketing team at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Starting as Marketing Assistant in 1998, she gradually progressed through Media Relations Officer to Marketing Manager and then in 2006 to Head of Sales and Marketing. From 2006 to 2010, she had responsibility for leading the teams delivering marketing, sales, media relations, sponsorship and education. The projects she contributed to included the regeneration strategy for the City Halls and Old Fruitmarket, the introduction of a new, integrated and improved sales system for the venues and audience development initiatives for the Celtic Connections festival.
An elected member of the Board of the Arts Marketing Association, Jane has both professional and academic interests in the theory and practice of arts management.
In 2014, Jane was awarded a PhD in Organisation Studies from the University of St Andrews.
Jane joined the RSNO in September 2010.