Nicola Killean OBE - 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.
Nicola was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list for 2020, for services to 'Music, children and community cohesion'.
Peter Nicholson - Director of Music
Peter Nicholson is the Director of Music at Sistema Scotland, a post he has held since 2018. He joined the organisation in 2009, initially appointed as a Musician and then as Team Leader (mat cover) at Big Noise Raploch.
Peter is a graduate of the University of York (BA Hons) and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (MMus). As a classically trained 'cellist he has worked with amongst others the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra, and has held numerous teaching positions and coached and conducted various youth orchestras.
Alongside his work in education and classical music Peter has established a reputation as a musician able to work across genres and styles. He has appeared in - and co-composed/devised - productions for the National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Dance Theatre and the Edinburgh Art Festival. He is a member of both the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and The One Ensemble with whom he has co-composed and recorded numerous albums and has toured internationally. As a solo Artist Peter has performed at numerous festivals across Europe and in the UK.
Fiona Bailey - HR Manager
Fiona is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and has been an HR professional in the voluntary sector for over 20 years. This includes 10 years at Aberlour Child Care Trust, in both operational and strategic HR roles. 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 the National Youth Choir of Scotland and the New Town Concert Society.
Amanda Wilson - Operations Support Manager
Amanda was born and educated in Solihull, West Midlands; moving to Scotland in 1986. Although originally qualifying as a horse riding instructor, she has spent most of her working life as an office manager in several family-run businesses. She joined Big Noise in 2009 and was appointed to her current role in November 2017. She is a keen amateur violinist and enjoys playing with the Helensburgh Orchestral Society.
Carol Ann Harrower - HR Officer
Carol Ann’s early career was PA/Office Manager however she became interested in Human Resources and moved to various roles which included HR administration. 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. Carol Ann has a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and achieved Chartered Membership of the CIPD in 2020. She 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.
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.
Maureen Stevenson - Finance Officer
For the first 18 years of Maureen's working life she worked within her family business gaining experience in Administration & Finance. Since then Maureen has held various finance positions and studied to gain an HNC in Accounting and Certification from Association of Accounting Technician. Maureen has worked within the Third Sector since 2002 with Scottish Childminding Association and Edinburgh Women's Aid and joined Sistema in January 2018.
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.
Sian Easton - Digital, Marketing and Communications Assistant
Having graduated with a masters in International Tourism and Business Management and a Diploma in Social Media for Business, Sian began working with third sector organisations to develop and implement their digital communication strategies. She joined the Sistema Scotland team in August 2017.
When she is not busy Tweeting away, Sian can now be found practising her trumpet (having been very much inspired by the children of Big Noise).
Gill Hardisty - Finance & Fundraising Administrator
Gill joined Sistema Scotland in February 2019 having spent a number of years working in Internal Audit for Stirling Council, then working as a Professional Support Assistant at the University of Stirling before starting in her current role. Gill played violin and piano whilst at school, and continues to enjoy the arts and live performance, including taking part in amateur drama productions.
Sharon Barbour - HR Administrator
Sharon has recently joined Sistema Scotland after spending over a decade working at the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) based in Edinburgh. Her role at SHRC was a dual one, working as both Executive Assistant to the Chair and providing corporate services support across the organisation. By coincidence, SHRC also celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2018 and the occasion was marked by a Scottish Parliament reception. It seems fitting therefore for Sharon to have now joined Sistema Scotland!
Prior to working for SHRC, Sharon also worked for the world renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and latterly the Heritage Lottery Fund. She also spent a number of months working/travelling in China which sparked her interest in social justice and human rights issues. Sharon is excited to be joining Sistema Scotland as she has admired from afar the amazing work which the organisation does in supporting children and their local communities and now she gets to be a small part of it. And, she is secretly hoping that being surrounded by musical talent may inspire her to finally try out an instrument, after a failed audition to take up the cello way back in her primary school days!