Our People

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Meet the people that make YTAS possible.

You can email any of the team using firstname@ytas.org.uk.


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Kenny McGlashan (he/him)

Chief Executive Officer
Joined YTAS in: 2014
Kenny has worked as a director, tutor and arts manager since 2001, with a background in youth theatre and children’s theatre. Previously he worked in management roles as Associate Director at Scottish Youth Theatre, Education Manager of Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and Development Manager at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Kenny’s first breakout youth theatre role was as Obelix when he was twelve (the photos are hidden!). When he’s not working Kenny loves cooking, running, and gardening. He lives on the southside of Glasgow, with his wife, two kids and a cat called Colin.
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Helen Bain (she/her)

General Manager
Joined YTAS in: 2010
Since 1999 Helen has worked in arts, charitable and educational environments in Scotland and overseas. She thrives on providing a solid foundation upon which others can grow, flourish and achieve great things. Also an accredited coach, Helen is passionate about supporting and encouraging people to discover more about themselves and achieve their potential. She is a particular fan of interactive and site-specific theatre.
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Catherine Makin (she/her)

Projects Producer
Joined YTAS in: 2017
Catherine has worked in a variety of theatre administration, project co-ordination and producing roles. She is particularly interested in festivals, new work and talent development. Prior to working with YTAS she was Artistic Administrator at the Traverse Theatre and has previously worked with companies including Underbelly and Old Vic New Voices.
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Hollie Wegner-Jaszkin (she/her)

Communications & Marketing Manager
Joined YTAS in: 2019
After graduating in Modern European Languages and Festival Management, Hollie decided she’d much prefer working in the arts. She’s held a variety of marketing roles in the cultural sector, including as Marketing Manager at Museums Galleries Scotland and Marketing and Campaigns Manager at Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre. She likes nothing better than a nice piece of print or a lovely banner, and if you see a YTAS tweet with a musical theatre reference, she is almost certainly the guilty party. In her spare time she does a fair bit of prancing about on stage and acting in films, all whilst trying to maintain her Duolingo streak and organise two kids, two cats, and a husband.
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Emma Barr (she/her)

Sector Development Manager
Joined YTAS in: 2022
Emma has over 10 years’ experience working in the UK and Canada as a director and educator, specialising in making theatre for and with young people. With a background in applied theatre, she is particularly interested in how youth theatre can contribute to a young person’s sense of identity and creates a cultural community. Prior to working at YTAS she was the Associate Director at Prime Theatre in Swindon and has worked as a freelance artist for companies such as Pitlochry Festival Theatre, London Bubble, and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
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Andy Catlin (he/him)

Marketing Coordinator
Joined YTAS in: 2016
Andy is also a freelance photographer and communications/marketing consultant whose recent clients include Sustrans, Cycling UK, National Museum of Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University and University of Edinburgh. He previously worked as Marketing Manager at Edinburgh’s The Queen’s Hall and Traverse Theatre and Aberdeen’s The Lemon Tree and was a Board member of Puppet Animation Scotland, Strange Town and Puppet State Theatre Company.
Rachel Gorry, Administrator, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland

Rachel Gorry (she/her)

Joined YTAS in: 2022
Rachel has worked in a variety of roles within the theatre industry including front of house, box office and arts administration. She is passionate about all forms of the performing arts with particular interest in musical theatre. In her spare time, Rachel is an avid writer of short stories and is currently working on a longer piece.
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Anthony Steel (he/him)

Membership Support Coordinator
Joined YTAS in: 2023
Having worked at Arts Council England for several years, Anthony is a keen proponent of the arts and loves to bang on about how important they are. His particular area of interest and experience, however, is in drama – he writes plays and screenplays in his spare time and used to do a fair bit of theatre directing too. He loves contemporary theatre that plays with form or structure, and wants to see more opportunities in the arts for people outside of big cities. He also loves TV, books, dogs and regular cups of tea.

Board members

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered with HMRC and a registered Scottish charity with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The Board therefore serve as Company Directors and Charity Trustees. YTAS’s governing document is its YTAS Articles of Association.

The board meets four times a year as well as an additional strategy away day. The Board provides entrepreneurial and strategic leadership in pursuit of the organisation’s objectives as well as prudent and effective control, including assessment and management of risk.

Lisa Givens

Lisa Givens (she/her)

Chair | Chief Executive, Toonspeak Young People's Theatre
Joined YTAS in: 2019
Lisa has worked in participatory youth arts since 2005, and has a strong belief in the difference that the arts can make to the lives of children and young people. Lisa worked for a number of years as a youth theatre practitioner and director, and has since carried out creative learning and engagement roles within the Arts Development team at CultureNL, and in managing the Creative Learning department at Aberdeen Performing Arts. Her work has allowed her to develop a number of opportunities for children and young people across Scotland and engage with a range of families and communities through participatory arts. Lisa is delighted to be part of the board of YTAS, after almost a decade of attending events delivered by the team, and is excited about being part of a board which is active in inspiring so many young people through youth theatre.
Fergus McMillan

Fergus McMillan (he/him)

Director | Head of Equality and Diversity, Skills Development Scotland
Joined YTAS in: 2021
Fergus is an experienced senior leader, and equality and diversity practitioner. He is currently employed at Skills Development Scotland, leading on equality and diversity strategy across service provision. Previously, Fergus was Chief Executive of LGBT Youth Scotland, where he witnessed first-hand the transformational impact that committed and skilled staff and volunteers can have working alongside people who might otherwise be disengaged or excluded as a result of structural inequality or prejudice. A career highlight came in 2019, when Fergus won the Inspirational Leader Award at the national Youth Work Awards, after being nominated by his team at LGBT Youth Scotland. Fergus continues to participate in sectors (youth, community, theatre) close to his heart, by volunteering as board member for YTAS.
Gillian Lithgow

Gillian Lithgow (she/her)

Director | Depute CEO and National Programmes Director, YouthLink Scotland
Joined YTAS in: 2021
Gillian has been a community learning and development practitioner and manager for 30 years. She graduated from the YMCA George Williams College with a BA (Hons) Informal & Community Education in 1997 and has been employed by YouthLink Scotland since then. Gillian strongly believes that it is vital that youth work staff and volunteers are well trained, supported, and informed so that they in turn provide a quality service for the young people they work with.
Liam Farrow YTAS Board Member

Liam Farrow (he/him)

Team Leader, Strategic International Policy, Scottish Government
Joined YTAS in: 2024
Liam is a public policy professional with a wide range of experience in the UK and Scottish Governments where he has worked on cultural diplomacy, international education, strategy and EU negotiations. He is passionate about supporting young people’s development and reducing disadvantage, and he has volunteered with various youth charities working to address this. Liam was previously a trustee of a multi-academy trust in London where he chaired the board’s staffing and safeguarding committee.
Libby Taylor YTAS Board Member

Libby Taylor (she/her)

Creativity and Inclusivity Practitioner
Joined YTAS in: 2024
Libby has witnessed and experienced firsthand the life-changing potential of youth theatre and is passionate about and committed to achieving universal access to this sector. Her confidence grew through youth theatre in Scotland, not only through the practice of performing, directing, and acting as a young leader, but also through the trust and respect given to her in these environments and the importance placed on having young voices heard. As Programmes Coordinator at Blueprint for All (a charity creating equal opportunities for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, or background) she developed an understanding of and motivation for inclusivity, which she achieves through her own lived experience and being a meaningful ally. She has always found YTAS to be a welcoming and supportive environment and is excited to work with the board to empower as many people as possible.
Lydia Demaison

Lydia Demaison (she/her)

Director | Deputy Director of HR, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Joined YTAS in: 2021
Lydia has over 20 years’ experience working within a human resources environment. She began her career in the charity sector, working with an organisation who provided respite care combined with outdoor activity holidays. Following this, Lydia relocated to Scotland and joined the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she has worked since 2003. Lydia studied drama at school and remembers well the confidence it gave her. She appreciates the skills young people develop as a result of participating in arts-based activities and the benefit these transferable skills offer in all aspects of life. Lydia is excited to be able to work with and support organisation, such as YTAS, that make these opportunities happen and support young people as they develop.
Marisa De Andrade

Marisa De Andrade(she/her)

Director | Programme Director, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh
Joined YTAS in: 2021
Marisa is a Health Policy academic with a background in investigative and broadcast journalism and performing arts. She is currently employed by the University of Edinburgh as Programme Director for an innovative MSc by Research in Health Humanities and Arts; Associate Director for the Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry; Programme Director for the PhD in Health in Social Sciences; and Co-Chair for the Counselling Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee. Marisa has led ‘traditional’ public health research using ‘conventional’ approaches and methodologies, as well as creative and arts-informed projects linked to health policy and practice. In 2018, she was winner of The Health Foundation’s X Factor for Evidence for the Public’s Health, arguing for arts-based approaches and social connectivity as evidence in health and inequalities. Marisa has been passionate about the power of theatre for as long as she can remember. She has witnessed and experienced first-hand how youth theatre can transform lives, so she is delighted to be a member of the YTAS board.
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Mhairi Gilmour (she/her)

Freelance Arts Practitioner
Joined YTAS in: 2019
Mhairi is a freelance facilitator that has worked with North Lanarkshire Council, Ayr Gaiety Theatre and Cumbernauld Theatre. She graduated from the University of the West of Scotland with a First Class Honors BA Performance degree. She works with children of all ages and adults with additional support needs. When she is not working Mhairi has a passion for performing and writing. Youth theatre has always been important to her as it’s where she found her love for drama and she believes that it is a brilliant way for young people to express themselves and make their voices heard so she is excited to be part of YTAS.
Sanjay Lago YTAS Board Member

Sanjay Lago (he/him)

Actor, Writer, Facilitator
Joined YTAS in: 2024
Sanjay is an Indian Scottish neurodiverse actor, writer, facilitator and comedian. A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he has worked with Traverse Theatre, Imaginate, Mischief La-Bas, Tamasha, Tara Arts and The Scottish BPOC Writers Network. As part of the Soho Theatre Writers Lab, his play ‘Jalebi’ was longlisted for the Tony Craze Award and in 2022 he became the John Mather Trust’s Rising Star of Scotland recipient, supporting him to develop a play around male mental health with the National Theatre of Scotland. Sanjay previously has previously served on the board for City of Glasgow College as Student President and represented both and young people on the Independent Commission for Race Equality. He is passionate about the arts and has a particular interest in new writing, championing diversity and supporting minority groups.