CHAIR: Hamish Mattheson
Senior Geologist, Cairn Energy
Hamish is a senior geologist working in oil and gas exploration for Cairn Energy. He has worked throughout the UK, in Scandinavia and in Egypt. Professionally, a critical part of his role is providing opportunities for young scientists. Outside the oil industry he has lead several youth expeditions to Arctic and Antarctic regions with the British Exploring Society and is a director of One World, an organisation that provides free Montessori education in Cairo.
VISUAL: Imogen Gibbon
Chief Curator and Deputy Director, Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Imogen graduated from the University of St Andrews in 1996 with an MA (Hons) in Art History. She also holds an MSc in Archive Administration from Aberystwyth University. From 1997 until 2002 she was Curator of Historic Photographs and Ship Plans at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich. In 2002 she began her career at the National Galleries of Scotland as Senior Curator of the Reference Section at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. In 2013 Imogen was appointed to her current role, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
MUSIC: Nick Stewart
Owner and Manager, Sneaky Pete’s
Nick Stewart is the owner and manager of Sneaky Pete’s music venue. He’s been working in music for over ten years, initially promoting gigs with a sideline in bar work and cleaning, then DJing and venue management before taking on a venue himself in 2008. He’s well connected in the live and DJ worlds and has built up the club to have a national and international reputation as a quality intimate venue. Sneaky Pete’s is tiny, just 100 capacity, and is seen as a cornerstone of the Scottish music scene. Until recently Nick covered all aspects of booking and operations for the venue, and recently he’s been expanding his team. That’s allowed him to do some interesting work outside of the club, including working to amend Edinburgh Council’s infamous “inaudibility clause”.
WRITING: Heather McDaid
Co-Director, 404 Ink
Heather is an award-winning freelancer, publisher at 404 Ink, and books editor at The Skinny. She co-ran Scotland's virtual book festival #ScotLitFest, and writes for various music magazines. She won the London Book Fair Trailblazers Award, was named in The Drum's 50 Under 30 for digital and marketing, and was jointly named The Saltire Society's Emerging Publisher of the Year for 2017. @heathermmcd / heathermcdaid.com.
VIDEO: Bob Last
Film producer, Stage Designer
Bob Last has produced a number of acclaimed features, documentaries and television series including Terence Davies’ “House of Mirth” and “Sunset Song”, the Oscar nominated “The Illusionist”, BAFTA award winning children’s series “Ooglies” and Martin Scorsese’s “A Personal Journey Through American Movies” as well as award winning commercials. Before becoming a producer he also worked as a music supervisor on over twenty feature films.
Prior to working in the screen industries he worked as a stage designer at the Traverse Theatre and made a number of time based art installations but is perhaps best known for founding the iconic post-punk brand Fast Product (the subject of recent documentary Big Gold Dream) and managing 80’s icons The Human League, Heaven 17 and Scritti Politti.
Since the 1990’s he has taken an active interest in public policy towards, and intervention in, the cultural economy and policy’s intersections with cultural theory. He is currently co-chair of the Scottish Government’s Creative Industries Advisory Group with Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop.
Bob is not on twitter, facebook or instagram but has used mobile email from portable devices since 1982.