Nicola Killean - Chief Executive Officer
Nicola Killean was the first employee of Sistema Scotland in 2007 and has worked with the Board to create and grow the organisation. She graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with a degree in music education, and has previously worked as a nursery teacher, as one of the first cultural coordinators in Scotland focusing on designing arts projects as social development and intervention models, the Scottish Development Officer for Youth Music, as a music leader and freelance project manager.
Nicola is a Saltire Foundation Fellow, and has also previously held voluntary roles within the Children’s Panel in Scotland and on the Board of Horsecross Arts.
She believes passionately in the transformative effects the arts can have on individuals and communities, and in the potential of all children and young people.
Francis Cummings - Director of Music
Violinist Francis Cummings is our Director of Music. As a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Francis worked extensively with eminent conductors and soloists including Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, George Solti and Lorin Maazel, appearing in festivals throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA.
He has worked regularly with a number of UK orchestras including the BBC SSO, Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Hallé, Liverpool Philharmonic and The Orchestra of the Golden Age.
Francis has held teaching posts at the University of Huddersfield, University of Lancaster and Chetham’s School of Music. He is a former leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and was Director of Music at St Mary’s Music School before joining Sistema Scotland in 2011.
Fiona Bailey - HR Manager
Fiona is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and has been an HR professional in the voluntary sector for most of her career. Fiona spent over 9 years in the HR team at Aberlour Child Care Trust, developing and managing various HR projects and teams, in addition to providing generalist HR support to managers and staff.
Fiona took a two year career break to look after her young family prior to joining Sistema Scotland in November 2012, and kept her hand in during this time working as a volunteer HR Consultant with a number of small third sector organisations.
Pauline East - Finance Manager
Pauline is a chartered management accountant (ACMA/ CGMA) with over 10 years post qualified experience. She was based in London prior to moving back to Scotland in 2009. Roles in London included Business Controller UK & Ireland and UK Financial Controller at Revlon UK. Prior to this she worked for Condé Nast Publications as a Business Analysis Manager.
She joined Sistema Scotland in April 2012 following a 3 year career break to start a family.
David Sinclair - Fundraising & Business Development Manager
A law graduate, David spent over 10 years working as a company secretary in the private and public sectors, most recently as Secretary to the Board of NHS 24, before deciding to pursue his dream career in music administration.
David has previously undertaken voluntary roles with the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland and the Scottish Community Foundation. A serial concert goer, in his spare time David plays the piano and double bass.
Nicky Pritchett-Brown - Fundraising Manager
Nicky has been an senior fundraiser for over 20 years. For 12 years she was Sponsorship & Development Director of the Edinburgh International Festival and previously worked in London for IMG Artists and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
She is currently a fundraising consultant. Throughout, Nicky has maintained her enjoyment of making music and is an active chamber musician (cello); she is also a Trustee of Scottish Adoption and the National Youth Choir of Scotland.
Damian Sherwood-Johnson - Volunteer Development Coordinator
Damian joined Sistema Scotland in 2016 and has over fifteen years of experience with volunteer-involving organisations. After developing a unique project in Scotland which enabled adults with learning disabilities to volunteer as peer advocates, Damian went on to manage two independent advocacy charities in Dundee before joining Children’s Hearings Scotland as their first Panel and Area Support Officer. This involved supporting volunteers across Scotland, project-managing the national recruitment campaign and assisting with the development of the Volunteer Handbook.
Damian has extensive experience of volunteering on the boards of various charities, including the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance and Vice-Convenor of the Volunteer Centre Dundee. He also served as a Children’s Panel member in Dundee and went on to become the Depute-Chair for Dundee’s Children’s Panel.
Damian is passionate about enhancing the volunteer experience and empowering volunteers to provide their skills and talents to their local community.
Carol Ann Harrower - HR Officer
Carol Ann’s previous background was PA/Office Manager. However between 2006 and 2009 she moved to various roles where she was also responsible for HR administration alongside her other duties, having become interested in human resources. From 2009 she worked for Central Scotland Police, initially in Stirling, where she managed their HR administration team, moving to an HR Officer role in 2011 and laterally working with Police Scotland as HR Advisor. Carol Ann also worked with Tesco Bank as a People Advisor. She is an Associate Member of the CIPD and has completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.
Carol Ann has been surrounded by music throughout her entire life, coming from a family of singers! She was in her school choir and took part in musicals at high school, as well as singing at concerts for the elderly in her local community.
Helena Redman - Fundraising Assistant
Helena is a Modern Languages graduate who first heard the story of El Sistema through her interests in classical music and South American cultures. After graduating she spent a year on the Charityworks professional development scheme, working in policy and communications with the Community Transport Association. Helena joined Sistema Scotland in November 2016 and is excited to become a part of the fundraising team.
Avril Morton - Project & Events Manager
Previously working for BBC Television Factual & Daytime Production, Avril has wide experience of project and events planning. As Internal Communications manager for BBC Scotland, she devised the staff communications and engagement programme for the move to the Pacific Quay HQ Glasgow building in 2007. She is now delighted to be helping to shape and deliver a variety of events to mark ten years of Sistema Scotland Big Noise in 2018.