Nicola Killean - Chief Executive Officer

Nicola.jpgNicola Killean was the first employee of Sistema Scotland in 2007 and has worked with the Board to create and grow the organisation. She graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with a degree in music education, and has previously worked as a nursery teacher, as one of the first cultural coordinators in Scotland focusing on designing arts projects as social development and intervention models, the Scottish Development Officer for Youth Music, as a music leader and freelance project manager.

Nicola is a Saltire Foundation Fellow, and has also previously held voluntary roles within the Children’s Panel in Scotland and on the Board of Horsecross Arts.

She believes passionately in the transformative effects the arts can have on individuals and communities, and in the potential of all children and young people.


Francis Cummings - Director of Music

francis.jpgViolinist Francis Cummings is our Director of Music. As a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Francis worked extensively with eminent conductors and soloists including Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, George Solti and Lorin Maazel, appearing in festivals throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA.

He has worked regularly with a number of UK orchestras including the BBC SSO, Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Hallé, Liverpool Philharmonic and The Orchestra of the Golden Age.

Francis has held teaching posts at the University of Huddersfield, University of Lancaster and Chetham’s School of Music. He is a former leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and was Director of Music at St Mary’s Music School before joining Sistema Scotland in 2011.


Fiona Dodworth - HR Manager

FionaD.jpgFiona is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and has been an HR professional in the voluntary sector for most of her career.  Fiona spent over 9 years in the HR team at Aberlour Child Care Trust, developing and managing various HR projects and teams, in addition to providing generalist HR support to managers and staff. 

Fiona took a two year career break to look after her young family prior to joining Sistema Scotland in November 2012, and kept her hand in during this time working as a volunteer HR Consultant with a number of small third sector organisations. 


Pauline East - Finance Manager

pauline.jpgPauline is a chartered management accountant (ACMA/ CGMA) with over 10 years post qualified experience.  She was based in London prior to moving back to Scotland in 2009.  Roles in London included Business Controller UK & Ireland and UK Financial Controller at Revlon UK.  Prior to this she worked for Condé Nast Publications as a Business Analysis Manager.

She joined Sistema Scotland in April 2012 following a 3 year career break to start a family.


David Sinclair - Fundraising & Business Development Officer

david.jpgA law graduate, David spent over 10 years working as a company secretary in the private and public sectors, most recently as Secretary to the Board of NHS 24, before deciding to pursue his dream career in music administration. 

David has previously undertaken voluntary roles with the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland and the Scottish Community Foundation.  A serial concert goer, in his spare time David plays the piano and double bass.


Nicky Pritchett-Brown - Fundraising Manager

Nicky.jpgNicky has been an senior fundraiser for over 20 years.  For 12 years she was Sponsorship & Development Director of the Edinburgh International Festival and previously worked in London for IMG Artists and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 

She is currently a fundraising consultant. Throughout, Nicky has maintained her enjoyment of making music and is an active chamber musician (cello); she is also a Trustee of Scottish Adoption and the National Youth Choir of Scotland.


Drew Cameron - Marketing & Communications Officer

drew.jpgDrew moved to Aberdeen in 2001 to start his Zoology degree. It was the extra-curricular work with Aberdeen Students' Charities Campaign that introduced him to the joy of Events and Marketing.

Following graduation, Drew has continued in this field, working for the Students' Association and a boutique shopping centre winning Purple Apple Marketing Awards. He was delighted to join Sistema Scotland in October 2015.


Damian Sherwood-Johnson – Volunteer Development Coordinator

Damian.jpgDamian joined Sistema Scotland in 2016 and has over fifteen years of experience with volunteer-involving organisations. After developing a unique project in Scotland which enabled adults with learning disabilities to volunteer as peer advocates, Damian went on to manage two independent advocacy charities in Dundee before joining Children’s Hearings Scotland as their first Panel and Area Support Officer. This involved supporting volunteers across Scotland, project-managing the national recruitment campaign and assisting with the development of the Volunteer Handbook.

Damian has extensive experience of volunteering on the boards of various charities, including the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance and Vice-Convenor of the Volunteer Centre Dundee. He also served as a Children’s Panel member in Dundee and went on to become the Depute-Chair for Dundee’s Children’s Panel.

Damian is passionate about enhancing the volunteer experience and empowering volunteers to provide their skills and talents to their local community.


Lilian Matheson - PA/Administrator

Lilian.jpgLilian has previously worked for the SDA (now Scottish Enterprise) as an administrator.  She has also worked as an office manager with a customer relations consultancy, and a housing and social work consultancy, both based in Stirling.  She joined Sistema Scotland in 2009.


Tracy Connell - HR Assistant

tracy.jpgTracy has 15 years experience in HR from a London NHS Trust. Thankfully she escaped London relocating to the beautiful new surroundings in Stirling. She joined Sistema Scotland in November 2015 and hopes to support Fiona and the rest of the team to their high standards.

Beth Quinn - Finance Assistant

beth.jpgBeth previously worked as a Management Accountant for Tullibardine Distillery, Optical Express and the Noble Group. She has a wide experience in credit control, payroll management, pension schemes and cash and bank reconciliations. Beth took time out while her family were under school age and joined Sistema Scotland in 2014.


Helena Redman - Fundraising Assistant

helena.jpgHelena is a Modern Languages graduate who first heard the story of El Sistema through her interests in classical music and South American cultures. After graduating she spent a year on the Charityworks professional development scheme, working in policy and communications with the Community Transport Association. Helena joined Sistema Scotland in November 2016 and is excited to become a part of the fundraising team.



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