PETER REID – CHAIR
Peter is an Investment Partner with Edinburgh Partners, a large and successful Asset Management company. Prior to this appointment he was Chief Investment Officer and Executive main Board Director for a number of years at Ignis Asset Management and was responsible for the Investment of £70bn across a range of asset classes. He has extensive Global Investment, Financial Services, and Board management experience. Peter was educated at Edinburgh University where he gained an MA (Hons) in Economics in 1985. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. Peter has been a Trustee and Chairman of Solar Bear since inception.
Alison has worked in Theatre for over 30 years as both actor and director. She is a founding member of Communicado and has directed at Oran Mor; Royal Lyceum; The Tron; The Tramway; RSAMD; Dundee Rep; Theatre Hebrides and National Theatre of Scotland for whom she is currently working on a commission for 2012 . Next year she will also direct for Dogstar and Birds of Paradise. She has directed Film, TV, and Radio her feature film ‘AfterLife won The Audience Award at Edinburgh Film Festival, Cherbourg and Chicago.
As an actress she has played leading roles throughout the UK, most recently Meg in Feature Film ‘7 Lucky Gods’ and the title role in ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’.
Sheena became a board member of Solar Bear in 2009. Sheena graduated with a BA Hons in film and media studies from University of Stirling and University of California San Diego. Sheena’s work history ranges from making short films with community media charities in Scotland to co-ordinating large film productions with companies in London - including Oscar winning feature film Man on Wire. Sheena currently works at GMAC as part of the education and outreach team teaching moving image and media literacy.
Sheena has worked on a series of international arts projects in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Iceland. In the summer of 2011 Sheena was awarded the CCA/ CALQ artist in residence post at PRIM in Montreal, Canada.
Louise graduated from RSAMD in 1985 and worked as an actress for around 20 years in TV, theatre and radio. TV credits include Emmerdale, Taggart, Naked Video, Tutti Frutti, Rab C Nesbitt. Theatre work includes productions with Borderline, 7:84, Tron Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Theatre Co, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.
Louise studied for an honours law degree at Glasgow University graduating in 2004 and is now a practising solicitor.
Paul has worked in cultural and creative education for over 18 years. After completing a BA Hons in Community Arts in 2001 he has fulfilled a variety of roles including theatre maker; project director; creative adventurer (made up term); lecturer; strategist and agent of danger.
Paul established the company Hidden Giants in 2014 to carry out experiments in learning: from nurseries to universities. He is an associate of Creativity Culture & Education, and a founding member of the Scottish Prisons Arts Network.
Nic has worked at all levels in the social care sector and has been involved in and responsible for providing services to people with a wide range of support needs including homeless people, people with learning disabilities and / or a physical disability and people who are deaf and who have additional needs (mental health issues, dual sensory loss, learning disability etc).
Nic has worked for both Action on Hearing Loss and Deaf Action, the latter as Head of Services, and is currently an Operations Manager with Capability Scotland.
He has experience of working in both large and small third sector organisations and has an MSc (Econ) in Voluntary Sector Organisation from LSE and a Diploma in Management Studies from Kingston University.
"I am not from a theatre background myself but I have come to know and understand the power of youth theatre through family involvement and I am committed to working to make it more accessible to all young people, including those who currently find themselves marginalised by the society we live in. I am happy to offer whatever skills, experience and knowledge I have to that end".
Scott is a Glasgow-born photographer and co-founder of the Glasgow Deaf Photo Walk Group founded in 2015.
Scott completed a HND in photography, editing, applied photography and fashion photography at Glasgow Metropolitan College (now known as City of Glasgow College). He now specialises in fashion and portrait photography.
“I am very excited to join the Board of Trustees and engaging with all the different aspects of the work carried out at Solar Bear.”
Claire was a member of Solar Bear’s Deaf Youth Theatre when it first started in 2008 and left in 2013 to complete college. Since then she completed a degree in Graphic Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, worked alongside the Digital Communications team at Creative Scotland to increase access for deaf people and completed a marketing placement with Manipulate Festival. She has a particular passion for the arts and creative industries and is a strong believer in doing what she can to increase inclusivity within these fields.
We are delighted that Dame Evelyn Glennie is our Patron