Belinda Mcelhinney – Vice Chair & Scotland Rep.

Belinda has been Chief Executive of Imaginate since February 2021, with overall responsibility for the strategic development, financial management and leadership of the organisation. Imaginate is the national organisation in Scotland, which promotes, develops and celebrates theatre and dance for children and young people. Imaginate want more children in Scotland to experience work that is deeply engaging, innovative and inspiring, and so support artists with a year-round programme of creative development. Imaginate celebrates exceptional children’s theatre and dance from around the world by producing the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival

Belinda was previously Executive Producer at Barrowland Ballet, one of the most successful contemporary dance theatre companies in Scotland. Prior to this she was Executive Producer at Take Me Somewhere and Arts & Cultural Development Officer at Scottish Refugee Council. In 2016 Belinda founded a charity to provide an arts participation programme for young refugees arriving on their own in Scotland. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and has a Masters in Young People, Social Inclusion and Change from Glasgow University.


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