The Touring Network has recently secured a fortunate position as one of 119 Regularly Funded Organisations (RFO) within Creative Scotland’s Regular Funding Portfolio, which puts the organisation in a solid and secure position from which to grow and develop over the next three years, with guaranteed core funding in place from now through to March 2018.

Being awarded RFO status is testament to the hard work and commitment of many people over many years, including Development Director Sam Eccles, current and past board members, and you, our members.


In moving on from a Project Funded organisation, we are keen to ensure that we retain and improve on the current high level of services to our members and others. Having worked through a comprehensive organisational review process during 2014, we are confident that this is best achieved through a strong core team and as a result, we will be moving forwards with 2 core full-time members of staff: a Chief Executive Officer, and Services Manager.

Following an internal recruitment process, Rhiannon McIntyre has been appointed as Services Manager. Rhiannon joined the team in 2013 as Membership Officer (Highlands), and since then has been involved in many of the Touring Network’s projects, including Supported Touring, Tourbook, Epic Stage, the Gathering, and of course, membership support and development. In her new post, she will manage a wider pool of contractors and associates, including some familiar Touring Network faces, to help deliver services to members across the Network.

“I am looking forward to getting stuck into my new role as Services Manager, and to delivering focused support to members of the Touring Network over the coming years in this challenging post.”

– Rhiannon McIntyre

Having been a driving force behind the development of the Touring Network in recent years, Sam is now stepping back from the organisation to explore life as a free-lancer. Excited to be working on other projects within the arts, Sam will be working alongside Rhiannon to provide some project work for The Touring Network over the coming months.

“I have been so very lucky to meet so many amazing people thanks to my role at The Touring Network.  Together they have inspired, enthused, and excited me – thank you!”

– Sam Eccles

As part of the restructuring, it is unfortunate that we have had to say goodbye to Fiona Fisher. Fiona has been a constant, friendly face in the office over the past couple of years, and will be missed. We would like to thank her for her dedication to the Touring Network, and wish her well in her new post.


Having served on the board as a Director for a little over two terms, as Chair for four and a half years, and having seen the organisation through the RFO process, Adrian Lear is now stepping down as a Director of the Touring Network. Melanie Baines is currently acting as interim Chair until the recruitment process is completed, and until then, Adrian remains on the Board in an advisory, non-voting capacity to ensure continuity.

“It’s been a privilege to work as Chair with such a committed and positive group of people – board members, the staff team and contractors over the last four and a half years, and to see PAN/The Touring Network develop over this time. Although not without challenges, I am delighted that, with the security of Regular Funding, that The Touring Network can continue to support promoters, performers and audiences into the future, and that the organisation has a clear plan and direction to do so.”

– Adrian Lear


As a result of the above changes, the Touring Network is currently seeking to recruit a Chief Executive Officer to lead the development of the company over the next 5+ years, and a new Chair to lead the organisation to support the development of the performing arts across the Region through its membership.

The successful candidate for the CEO position, using their exceptional leadership skills, passion for the performing arts and their strong grasp of organisational governance, will lead forward and consolidate the company throughout the next phase of its development. Furthermore, they will have the skill and capacity to diversify funding and increase the financial sustainability from a secure position as a Regularly Funded organisation.

For full details and job description download the job information pack below.

Application Deadline: Mon 25 May 2015

CEO Job Information Pack April

For the position of Chair, we are particularly looking for an experienced individual who is based in the Highlands and Islands, or with very strong connections to the region, and who has the time, commitment and relevant Board experience to ensure the organisation achieves its strategic goals over the next period of its development.

If you are interested in helping shape the future of the performing arts in the Highlands and Islands, and in strengthening the cultural infrastructure of our volunteer promoter membership, we would love to hear from you, and welcome applications, or recommendations, for the position of Chair from within our membership.

If you wish to apply for the position of Chair, please email Melanie Baines, Interim Chair, to arrange an informal telephone call, or email your CV stating why you are the right person for the role.

Application Deadline: Fri 22 May 2015

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