Regional Screen Scotland (RSS) is delighted to announce the appointment of Hazel Wotherspoon as its new Chief Executive. Hazel will take up her post at the start of 2023, following the retirement of Robert Livingston after more than seven years in the post.
Hazel (pictured above) will be joining RSS at an exciting time for the organisation: attendances at the Screen Machine mobile cinema are back to pre-pandemic levels; we have just completed the wide-ranging, three-year development programme ‘A Cinema Near You’; we are delivering a successor programme of support for community cinemas, entitled ‘Now Showing’; and we are working with partners on developing innovative approaches to making the cinema experience as welcoming and ‘universal’ as possible.
Hazel will bring a wealth of relevant experience and connections to the role. She has 30 years’ experience working in the arts as a practitioner, project manager and producer, and over 13 years’ experience at a senior leadership level. She’s held executive and Board positions in Arts and Cultural organisations including heading programming and development for the Arts and Theatres Trust in Fife and Fife Cultural Trust and Interim Director role for the Federation of Scottish Theatres. She is a trained mentor and coach and an expert in funding development and income generation within the arts and culture sector.
Hazel is currently the Chair of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland. She is also an Associate Artist of Anim8s, a small arts and digital media charity based in Fife which aims to develop meaningful relationships with agencies and professionals who share an interest in exploring how creative media, arts and animation can be used to provide social and educational benefits.
Hazel has said of her new role: “I couldn’t be more excited to be joining Regional Screen Scotland. I am an admirer of the work that the organisation delivers and know the importance of that work in our communities. I am passionate about the development of organisations and people, supporting innovation, new ideas and developing robust business planning and enterprise to deliver sustainability and growth.”
Regional Screen Scotland’s Chair, Alyson Hagan, welcomes Hazel’s appointment: “In a very strong field of candidates for the post, Hazel was outstanding, and the Board of RSS is delighted to be appointing someone with such relevant and wide-ranging experience, and such a proven commitment to the social and importance of cinema, and of culture in general.”
RSS is a charity which: provides advice, information and support in setting up and operating local screen facilities; operates the Screen Machine mobile cinema; manages devolved grant aid programmes; and advocates for the social and economic benefits of cinema for local communities. RSS is funded by Creative Scotland, Screen Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and by a wide range of trusts and foundations.
20 October 2022