Here you can meet the people behind ESAF, the people who care about what goes in and comes out from the festival and the artists who benefit from such a platform.




Former President of Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA), a Scottish registered charity, she founded ESAF with support from Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, Principal of the University of Edinburgh in February of 2015.

As founder and co-chair, Briana focuses on the festival's senior management, strategic development & partnerships, funding, and creative direction for ESAF. She also sits on the Creative Edinburgh Advisory Group and is a member of the Melting Pot, Edinburgh largest social innovation co-working space, as a winner of their Social Innovation Ideation Awards (SIIA).

She has an MA (Honours) Sustainable Development from the University of Edinburgh and was part of the first cohort of MA Sustainable Development students to graduate from the University of Edinburgh in 2014.

She also has experience working for various organisations in the third sector including YWCA Scotland - the Young Women's Movement and the National Education Association Foundation (NEAF) in Washington, DC.

Briana is based in Edinburgh and interested in the creative sector, creative direction, social innovation and education reform.



Former student president of Edinburgh College of Art, Finn graduated with a First Class degree in History of Art from Edinburgh University. He joins us with a background working in the museum and gallery sector and is a member of architectural societies in Edinburgh including the Old Town Development Trust.

Finn is our Events Co-ordinator. Throughout the year, he and the ESAF Events Team endeavour to provide a fulfilling festival experience for our creatives that allows them to interact with one another as well as engage with the creative sector in innovative ways. ESAF believes in hosting events that are engaging, fun and meaningful with an overall creative edge. We hope to extend the number and the diversity of events held by ESAF, building on its festival in February, and increasing awareness of ESAF and the opportunities that it presents.




Elaine has had 8 years of working in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and having grown up in Edinburgh, she has had the fortune of seeing the city thrive in its cultural and historical reputation. Elaine graduated from Newcastle University BMus with Honours in Music. Her role with ESAF is to build the website and maintain ESAF’s online presence. She is also responsible for ensuring that ESAF maintains contact with previously exhibited artists in order to support any future exhibitions or performances they may have. 





Brodie is the Visual Arts Coordinator for ESAF 2016, overseeing the visual arts team and the general curation of the festival. Brodie graduated Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in 2014 with a degree in Fine Arts and has participated in several exhibitions as an artist. This gives him an insight into the artist’s experience of ESAF and allows him to act as an intermediary between the artists and the committee. Brodie’s ultimate aim within the festival is to offer the artists and visual arts team support while still giving them as much autonomy as possible.



Emilie joined ESAF as the marketing coordinator with the aim of applying her previous experience in marketing campaign support to continue building up the profile of the festival in its second year.  Along with creating a strong structure for the ESAF marketing team, she aims to strengthen the festival’s marketing strategy and social presence while also increasing audiences.  Emilie will be graduating from Edinburgh Napier University with a BA (Hons) Hospitality and Marketing Management in July 2016. 



Matthew is the Outreach Coordinator, focusing on the ESAF awards framework, schools programme and sponsorship. He joined the ESAF Executive Team with a hope to give a voice to the arts in the public sector, to show their intrinsic relevance to academia, and to help empower the relationships of emerging artists with professional creative industries.

He is currently a second-year undergraduate student of MA Russian Studies and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He has vigorous interest in visual and literary culture, art criticism and curation, and has experience in student-run organisations, festivals and writing. 

Matthew is looking forward to helping ESAF develop into a wider enterprise with which more and more creatives are able to engage. He hopes that ESAF will ultimately demonstrate the significance of the arts to the future of the public sector.



Sarah graduated in 2015 from Queen Margaret University with a BA (Hons), 2:1, Drama and Performance.  Since leaving Sarah has continued her work as a Director/Producer which has seen her work as; an assistant director to Joe Douglas on The Course of True Love by David Leddy, Press and Marketing for Two Minute Manifesto with David Greig. She is currently working as Producer for Two Minute Manifesto (which is touring Scotland), assistant to David Greig, Director of Musselburgh's Riding of the Marches Pageant and Researcher for Edinburgh Performing Arts Development

As Performance Arts Coordinator, Sarah focuses on the senior management of the Performance Arts Committee; overseeing the performance arts team and the general programming/production management of the festival. Sarah's previous work with ESAF, on the committee and as an artist, gives her a great insight into the artist’s experience, expectations and opportunities within ESAF.