The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra currently has a Board consisting of 10 members who provide guidance, leadership, and support to the orchestra and their staff.
The position is voluntary and Board members are elected for a period initially of 3 years but may be re-elected for further terms if wished. The Board encourages this policy of rotation to encourage new members, fresh ideas and to ensure stability and continuity.
We welcome applications at any time for new Board members who are interested in the work and future of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. If appointed, they will be given personal guide to the SNJO’s work and an induction pack of information. Please contact us for more information.
Current Board Members
as of October 2017
Peter Wilson — Chairman
Peter was born in Douglas, Lanarkshire in 1942. He was educated at Lanark Grammar School and Glasgow University and started his working career as a teacher of mathematics. After 3 years teaching mathematics at his old school he joined the Royal Navy on a 3year short service commission as an Instructor Officer. At the end of the 3 years he transferred to the Army’s Royal Army Educational Corps on a regular commission. He served for 21 years in the Army and reached the rank of Colonel. The highlight of his career in the Army was the appointment as Commander Education 1st Armoured Division. In this appointment he wrote a brief history of the 1st Armoured Division. In December 1990 he took early retirement from the Army to assume the appointment of Secretary Heriot-Watt University.
As well as being responsible for managing all the support services in the University, Peter also took a major role in the University’s international development. He strengthened the University’s links with Norway and his contribution was recognised by the King of Norway in awarding Peter in 1994 with the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit -Knight Class. He played a major role in the University’s collaboration with Hong Kong Polytechnic University and was the key person in successfully establishing the University’s Campus in Dubai, which now has around 4000 students. He managed and fully supported the University’s Director of Music, he was key in planning and developing the Sports Village construction project and he, and his wife Joy, established the Wilson Scholarship dedicated to supporting disabled students in sport. For his contribution to sport in the University he was awarded an Honorary Blue by the students’ Sports Union. On his retirement in December 2010 he, and his wife, were awarded D Univ Honorary Degrees.
Peter Chaired the Scottish Universities’ Management and Training Committee, was a member of the Council for St George’s School for Girls for 8 years, has carried out training and supervision of school children for Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Gold Outward Bound expeditions, was a member of the Currie Community Council for 12 years, is a Trustee of the Scottish National Mining Museum and is a member of the Currie and Balerno Rotary Club.
David is a Chartered Accountant and runs a practice based in the south side of Glasgow providing accountancy, taxation and business advisory services to companies and other owner managed businesses as well as charitable bodies. His career has seen him work within both large and small professional offices and serve on Institute Committees. He is an enthusiastic ‘though amateur jazz musician with a keen interest in supporting musical talent within Scotland and has been involved with various charities in a trustee capacity over the past 20 years.
Tommy Smith (b.1967) is a leading light in European jazz, first and foremost as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation, and latterly as the founder and current director of The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. These career-defining achievements are framed by his status as an international recording artist; a composer and arranger of extraordinary ambition; and not least, as a jazz educator. His prolific career began when, aged only sixteen, he recorded his first album Giant Strides. He was rewarded with a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, an experience that has shaped his affirmative approach to jazz. Since then, he has made twenty-seven solo albums as a leader for Blue Note, Linn and his own label Spartacus Records. His tenure with the SNJO has seen critically acclaimed performances and recordings of programmed and commissioned works including hugely popular treatments of Ellington, Gershwin, Weather Report and Miles Davis. Tommy Smith is also founder/director of our youth wing, the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and is current Artistic Director of the first ever full-time jazz course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He also holds three honorary doctorates from Heriot-Watt, Glasgow Caledonian & Edinburgh Universities and a Professorship from the RCS. His latest album KARMA won him his seventh Scottish Jazz Award for album of the year in 2012.
Campbell Normand is a partner in an international law firm, DAC Beachcroft Scotland, and is based in Edinburgh. He is a solicitor advocate and has been qualified since 1986, specialising in civil litigation. He is a council member of the WS Society, and a member of the Scottish Arts Club. He has had a lifelong interest in music, and in performing and listening to jazz piano in particular.
Simon’s life and career focussed on music from his mid-teens to mid-20s when he studied composition with Witold Lutoslawksi whilst in parallel playing jazz keyboards and punk drums. In the music world he is best remembered as a founder of Delta 5 for whom he wrote “Mind Your Own Business”, as the string-arranger on “Candyskin” by the Fire-Engines and as a partner in Fast Products – the independent label which launched and managed the Human League through to their Christmas #1 in 1983 – “Don’t you want me baby”. In April 2012, his composition “Tort” for bass-guitar and orchestra was performed by Jamaaladeen Tacuma at the Salford Sonic Fusion Festival. He served on the Board of the Edinburgh International Festival from 2008-2014.
In the early 80’s he switched to an entrepreneurial career in the fledgling biotechnology industry in which he became a leading international figure – initially as a champion of GM Food technology and then as the CEO of the company formed at the Roslin Institute in 1998 to exploit medical applications of the technology that produced Dolly The Sheep.
He is a past Vice-Chairman of the US Biotechnology Industry Organisation and Chairman of the UK BioIndustry Association and is currently the Chairman of ProMetic Lifesciences, a leading public rare-disease drug company in Montreal (TSX:PLI) and a Director of EvoFem, a Women’s Health company in San Diego; Matrix Genetics, a synthetic-biology company in Seattle; Sunergos Innnovations, a University IP Management and Company Formation Fund in Edinburgh and Tropical Animal Genetics, a Dairy Genetics and Advanced Reproductive Technology company in Delhi.
He previously built 3 substantial ventures between 1991 and 2005 – Zeneca Plant Science, Roslin BioMed and Ardana – and between 2010 and 2012 refocussed a fourth – Aquapharm – a pioneering marine biotechnology company. Between 2005 and 2010, he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Partner in TVM Capital’s MENA Fund in UAE and India and in 2008 co-funded PAR Equity – now Scotland’s leading Angel Syndicate.
In 1999 the World Economic Forum nominated him a Global Leader of Tomorrow and in 2000 a Technology Pioneer of the Year. In 1999, he was nominated as “Science and Technology Venturer of the Year” by the FT. He was awarded the London Business School Alumni Achievement Prize in 2007.
He holds an MBA from London Business School and an Honorary Doctorate and B.Mus from York University. In 2007, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and in 2008, he was awarded an OBE and appointed a Visiting Professor of Medicine by the University of Edinburgh.
Currently General Manager of the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, and Karl was appointed in 2002 and has a musical remit to expand and deliver a diverse range of high quality concerts and connecting the public with music.
After graduating with a degree in ancient history and classical archaeology, Karl worked for The Guardian in Manchester but was keen to work in music and volunteered to write reviews for music magazines. Eventually in the 1990’s, he took a job working for Assembly Direct, helped to set up the Lothian Jazz School, established jazz touring networks across Scotland, and became touring production manager for artists including Dave Brubeck, Jan Garbarek, Maceo Parker, Courtney Pine, and a host of other artists.
From there his career incorporated all sorts of music related work – running his own agency and working for the Arts Council – until his present appointment at the Usher Hall where his ambition has been to successfully embrace modernisation with an appreciation of the building’s iconic history.
Karl joined the Board of the SNJO in 2015 having heard them at the Usher Hall as part of the Edinburgh International Festival and with Kurt Elling, and recognizing them as a truly world class ensemble. He felt that this is an exciting time to be involved and his vast experience brings much to the table and his firm belief that ambition and quality should be at the forefront of our thinking.
George has held many and varied posts since retiring … Vice chair of his local Samaritan branch and also a member of the Samaritan Scottish training team. Moving on from there to join Victim support in Scotland. For the last fifteen years he has and still is an active volunteer with the Scottish Courts Witness Service supporting vulnerable witnesses in Courts all over Scotland. He was for many years a committee member of the Count Basie Society until its dissolution and also held the post of General Secretary for over twelve years with the Duke Ellington Society. He is at present a freelance Venue Manager and Compere working at all of the Jazz Festivals in Scotland. He is a past Board Member of the Scottish Jazz Federation and is at present a Trustee on the Boards of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and the East of Scotland Jazz Education Board. At the 2012 Scottish Jazz Awards, he received an award for Services to Jazz.
Linda Cameron is a Consultant Hypnotist and Licensed Trainer of NLP who runs her own company Inspire for Impact that coaches business leaders in the art of using their unconscious mind to achieve great results and success. She is also a West of Scotland committee member of the Institute of Directors and Glasgow West Ender. Linda’s jazz education began in earnest whilst working in the hilltop towns of Tuscany,Italy and once home in Scotland, her growing love for jazz brought her to the Board of the SNJO, a role which combines her passion for the performing arts, inspiring people and sensational jazz. A performer herself, Linda says “Listening to jazz is like hypnosis, you get totally absorbed and the outside world disappears. When you’re having a troublesome day, play your favourite tracks and notice how quickly worrisome thoughts just melt away. Happy daze!”
Stephen Duffy is a broadcaster, jazz musician and a passionate authority and advocate for jazz. The presenter of BBC Radio Scotland’s Jazz House programme since 2007, he is the recipient of two Scottish Jazz Awards for Best Media and a Sony Radio Academy Award nomination for Best Specialist Music Programme. He contributes regularly to other BBC Networks and will present a new programme for BBC Commonwealth Voices Radio.
A popular performer in Scotland’s jazz scene, he has been singing professionally since his 20’s and performs regularly with the UK’s leading jazz musicians. He is also a respected vocal coach and has runs a pioneering programme for developing jazz vocalists with the Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra.
A graduate of Glasgow University and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, he has extensive experience of the performing arts in Scotland, having served as Press Officer at Scottish Opera, Marketing Manager to Scottish Ballet and 12 years as Marketing Communications Executive with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Heather Macintosh — Musician and Youth Representative
Heather Macintosh graduated with a BA in Applied Music from Strathclyde University in 2011. She was born in Glasgow in 1989 the first of three sisters and started playing piano at the age of 9, moving on to saxophone at 13. Whilst studying at University, Heather began to volunteer with Glasgow International Jazz Festival – an association, which continues today. She has also worked as a freelance-booking agent for several of Scotland’s leading Jazz musicians and is the Manager of busy function band ‘Funk Nation’.
Heather currently holds the baritone sax chair with the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and formerly with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland. She works as a freelance musician, teaching woodwind & piano privately, as well as holding the post of woodwind instructor at Belmont House School and Youth Music Initiative practitioner with North Ayrshire Council. Heather is also a current Board Member of the Scottish Jazz Federation.
'The SNJO deserved all the praise Kurt Elling so graciously lavished on them.'
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