esaf advisory board

We are delighted to present members of ESAF's newly constructed Advisory Board made up of experienced and talented individuals who have each made an outstanding contribution towards Scotland's creative sector and ESAF's ongoing development as a social enterprise. 


ruthanne baxter

Ruthanne Baxter is Commercial and Visitor Services Manger for Edinburgh Museums & Galleries. The service looks after nine visitor attractions and over 200 monuments across the city. In addition, Ruthanne is a UK Museums Mentor on Commercial Development and Audience Development.

Ruthanne kick started her love of working in a heritage setting aged 17, as a Tour Guide for the National Trust in her native Co Fermanagh. Over the past 20 years she has worked across culture, in Northern Ireland and Scotland, from managing Arts Education in local authorities to driving development in Museums, Galleries & Heritage sites.

Ruthanne’s most recent success includes increasing the venue hire income fourfold and the donations by 55%, for Edinburgh Museums & Galleries, in the last financial year.

On a voluntary basis Ruthanne continues her passion for supporting engagement with & resilience of heritage organisations acting as a consultant to a variety of Historic Properties and is currently working closely with the Scottish Churches Trust on the new business plan and mentoring the new Development Officer.  


alan forgie

Alan built the foundation of his career working for corporate sponsorship within one of Edinburgh's major festivals where he gained an invaluable wealth of experience alongside a network of strong relationships with individuals and organisations across a wide range of sectors in Edinburgh.

In 2012, Alan founded Youth Juice Creative Ltd., an agency that has spearheaded multiple creative projects and managed different clients’ needs from PR and marketing to property and project management. They have worked with clients and creatives across the US, Asia and Australia, and have recently expanded their reach to include branches in Los Angeles.

Alan’s latest project is the regeneration and redevelopment of a disused urban building, which was formerly the site of a Crawford’s biscuit factory, into a dynamic arts hub in one of the art capitals of Scotland. As one of the first large-scale property development projects of Youth Juice Creative Ltd., they opened the doors of the Biscuit Factory to the public in April 2015, establishing one of the largest and most exciting creative and fashion arts hub in Leith.

In addition to the work Alan does with Youth Juice Creative, he is also the Chairman of the Scottish Fashion Creative Network, and sits on the board of the Leith Festival and as well as a fellow of the British American Project.


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anna hodgart

Anna is a producer and project manager from and based in Glasgow. Currently she is Artistic Development Project Manager at the National Theatre of Scotland where she is responsible for managing the company’s programme and talent development strands, with a specific focus on supporting emerging and diversifying theatre artists in Scotland. 

She also is an occasional freelance producer, and most recently produced the TEAM, The National Theatre of Scotland, and the Edinburgh International Festival’s co-productionAnything That Gives Off Light for the 2016 International Festival. She is a member of Glasgow based feminist creative collective TYCI who she has worked with for the past three years, and with whom she has focused on programming multi-artform, performance & music events. Upcoming 2016 events she is programming & producing for TYCI include TYCI x Sister Outrider: Building an anti-racist, feminist manifesto, an event platforming the writing of Claire Heuchan, a Scottish radical Black feminist activist. And Girl Gaze, a collaboration with Platform arts centre, a curated programme of theatre, visual art, and music – programmed for teenage girls but open to everyone.

Anna is passionate about the Scottish performing arts and music scenes and creating or widening opportunities for Scottish artists. She is motivated by art and initiatives that aim to forge a more equal and just society.

jennifer williams

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Books by JL Williams include Condition of Fire (Shearsman, 2011), Locust and Marlin (Shearsman, 2014), Our Real Red Selves (Vagabond Poets, 2015) and House of the Tragic Poet (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016).  She is interested in expanding dialogues through poetry across languages, perspectives and cultures and in cross-form work, visual art, dance, opera and theatre.

She has been published widely in journals, her poetry has been translated into Dutch, Spanish, Turkish, Polish, German, French and Greek and she has read at international poetry festivals in Scotland, Turkey, Cyprus and Canada.  She was selected to take part in the 2015 Jerwood Opera Writing Programme, holds a TRG3 Residency at Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh with the artist Catherine Street and plays in the poetry and music band Opul.  

Williams gives regular poetry readings and workshops and is on the Live Literature funded list of Scottish Book Trust Authors.  She curates poetry events and creates workshops and professional development activities for poets.