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.
We are delighted that Dame Evelyn Glennie is our Patron