New members for RSNO Board of Directors

Image: Clockwise from top right: Hugh Bruce-Watt; Neil McLennan; Jane Wood; Gurjit Singh Lalli

Four new members have been appointed to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's (RSNO) Board of Directors.
Jane Wood, Gurjit Singh Lalli, Neil McLennan and Hugh Bruce-Watt were co-opted to the RSNO Board of Directors at the organisation's meeting last month. Through securing leaders in their respective fields, the RSNO will strengthen its understanding of and capability in the education and learning, corporate and technology sectors.

RSNO Chair Dame Sue Bruce: "On behalf of the RSNO I would like to welcome Gurjit, Jane, Hugh and Neil to the board. The breadth and depth of their collective knowledge and experience in the business, learning and legal sectors will add tremendous strength to an already highly skilled pool of board members. This comes at a time when the RSNO expands its work on multiple fronts, including its nationwide learning and engagement initiatives, high-profile recording and international touring.

"We thank departing directors Andrew Cornall, Eric Young and Chris van der Kuyl for their tireless dedication to the success of one of Scotland's greatest arts organisations. They leave knowing that Scotland's national orchestra and associated bodies are in fine shape and well positioned to succeed in the 21st century."

Gurjit Singh Lalli Gurjit Singh Lalli is the founder and curator of TEDxGlasgow. TED is an education platform which was founded in Silicon Valley in 1984 and is now licensed globally to promote innovation and entrepreneurialism in technology, entertainment and design. TEDxGlasgow has an audience of over 9 million viewers for its talks online and works in partnership with the Scottish Government, Standard Life Aberdeen, the BBC and JP Morgan, amongst others.

Jane Wood is currently the UK Executive Director for Membership, Nations and Income Generation for Business in the Community UK (BITC). Through this role, Jane is a key advisor to HRH Prince Charles in BITC, his Responsible Business Charity. Jane brings experience of retail, marketing and governance and significant experience in development and income generation.

Hugh Bruce-Watt is a commercial lawyer with over 30 years' experience in private practice working in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. He has an MA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an LLB from Edinburgh University. Hugh is an articulate professional with a long career in providing complex professional services to a wide variety of commercial entities in both the public and private sectors.

Neil McLennan has held several key roles in supporting change and improvement in education. After a teaching career in the central belt he was seconded to Learning & Teaching Scotland (now Education Scotland) as a National Development Officer. After two successful secondments implementing national policy, he moved to the North East as Quality Improvement Officer (Education, Culture and Sport) for Aberdeen City Council where he also undertook a period as Acting Service Manager (Schools & Curriculum). In 2011 The Herald described Neil as, "a charismatic visionary in Scottish education."

The RSNO Board of Directors is comprised of up to eight Elected Directors, six Player Directors, Nominated Directors from chief local authorities, the Chief Executive, Company Secretary and members of the RSNO Council.

2018 promises to be a landmark year for Scotland's national orchestra. In June the RSNO will bid farewell to current Music Director Peter Oundjian and, in October, welcome former Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Søndergård as its new Music Director. Peter Oundjian will embark on his final international tour with the RSNO as Music Director in May, a five-date festival tour of Europe with soloists Nicola Benedetti. In addition, the founding organisation of the RSNO, the RSNO Chorus, celebrates its 175th anniversary and will be marked with special events, beginning with performances of Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and MASS, and Holst's The Planets.