Frank Ross

The Rt. Hon Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh

As Lord Provost, Frank is the Council’s EUROCITIES representative, and is actively engaged in the network, leading Edinburgh’s successful bid to host the conference in November 2018. Previously Frank held the role of Economy Convener. He is also a Director of Marketing Edinburgh and a Council Representative on the BioQuarter Advisory Board.

These organisations assist in delivering economic growth and development across Edinburgh. Frank has been a key figure in major Scottish businesses, working in the manufacturing/engineering sector of industry, mainly in Scotland, for a range of blue chip companies such as Racal, Chubb, Tomkins and Motherwell Bridge. An accountant to trade (FCMA) Frank worked his way up to operate at the highest managerial level in these organisations. On 18 May 2017 Frank was elected Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh.

Catherine Magnant

Advisor, European Commission – Head of the Task Force of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage

Catherine Magnant, a French citizen, graduated in international relations and Russian language from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne University, Paris. She started her career in Moscow, where she headed the Press Section of the local European Commission Delegation. Back in Brussels, she was part of the team preparing the 2004 EU enlargement. She then joined the EU’s external relations service where she worked to promote human rights in third countries. In 2006 she decided to change focus and to contribute to EU internal policies.

She ran the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for all, and then moved to culture policy. Until 2017 she was Deputy Head of Unit for cultural policy, working on the creative economy and fostering cooperation between EU countries in the field of culture. Catherine is now Head of the Task Force of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, which is taking place in 37 countries.

Euan McGrory

Journalist and Deputy Editor, The Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News and Scotland on Sunday

Euan joined the Scotsman as deputy editor in 2015 and now oversees it and sister titles the Edinburgh Evening News and Scotland on Sunday.

His 23-year career started at the Wiltshire Times and Northern Echo in England before joining the Evening News as assistant news editor in 2000. Since then, he has played a key role in the reporting of major events that have shaped modern Scotland, including the Scottish Independence and EU referendums.

One of his achievements has been leading the digital transformation of these historic titles which has seen the Edinburgh Evening News become one of the fastest growing news websites in the UK. With a strong background in campaigning journalism and reporting in the public interest, he is a previous winner of the Front Page of the Year, Campaign of the Year (twice) and Journalist Team of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards as well as the Kate Adie Prize for Initiative in the Public Interest.

Joanna Baker

Managing Director, Edinburgh International Festival

Joanna has been the Managing Director of the Edinburgh International Festival since 2006.
Originally from Cornwall, Joanna started her career at the National Theatre in London and went on to work for Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet and for Welsh National Opera. She is currently Chair of NYCoS (National Youth Choir of Scotland) and a Trustee of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit Foundation and Festivals Edinburgh. Previous board appointments include Queen Margaret University, Scottish Ballet and the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland).

Joanna has a particular interest in facilitating collaborative and partnership working and over her career has worked to establish partnership organisations in Edinburgh and further afield, including Festivals Edinburgh and The Audience Business (now Culture Republic). She also helped to establish the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, a partnership between the British Council, UK Government, Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament and the Edinburgh International Festival which brings Culture Ministers from around the world to Edinburgh.

Nicola Mullenger

Grants Coordinator, European Cultural Foundation

Nicola Mullenger has been working on cultural and social development throughout wider Europe for the past twenty years. She is the grants coordinator for the annual Research and Development grant scheme at the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam. In the past five years, she has focused on funding and working with citizen-led societal change-makers especially in the field of public space, city management, peer governance models in an institutional context and diverse communities.

She also has a background in regeneration, fund development and communications. Her educational background is in arts and communication, media law and management. Nicola is also a photographer and volunteers at a local alternative cinema in Amsterdam. She wrote the report Co-making the City (2017), co-edited the magazine Build the City (2016), edited and produced the book, Cultural Bloggers Interviewed (2010) and Youth Prostitution in the New Europe (2000).