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The Queen's Hall - Photo of Auditorium

The Queen's Hall Directors
(as of June 2017)

Nigel Griffiths (Chair) During his successful career in politics Nigel was MP for South Edinburgh and Deputy Leader of the House of Commons. He is currently Chair of Nova Energy and Lean Green Fuel Solutions.

Peter Cannell is a Chartered Engineer, Managing Director of My Edinburgh Life Ltd, and Managing Partner of Middlerig Properties, Scotland since 1981. He is a classical singer, both as soloist and as a member of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.

Karen Doran is a City of Edinburgh Councillor for the City Centre Ward and sits on a number of Council Committees including Culture & Sport.

Nicholas Groves-Raines is Managing Director of Groves-Raines Architects Ltd. He has over thirty years experience in a wide variety of conservation and development projects and he is Conservation Accredited at Level A by the RIAS.

Fiona Salzen is a chartered accountant and former Deloitte corporate finance partner with over 25 years’ experience advising clients on strategic and financial issues. Fiona now carries out strategic consulting and acts as a mentor, providing hands-on advice and support to companies.

Allan Smith is a manager for Geoghegans Chartered Accountants.

Alister Steele is Chair of Our Power, a new community benefit society established to enter the energy supply market with a specific aim of tackling fuel poverty. Alister has recently become a Trustee of LAR Housing Trust which provides affordable below market rental accommodation and was appointed to the Board of Crown Estates Scotland (Interim Management) in May 2017 and is also a Director of Social Bite Communities Ltd which is developing a new approach to the provision of temporary accommodation for homeless people in Edinburgh. Alister was awarded the MBE in June 2014 for services to social housing and regeneration in Edinburgh. 

Armida Taylor has been Head of Development at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh for over 13 years where she also has responsibility for managing the Gallery’s finance and administration functions. Before joining the Gallery Armida worked at Edinburgh College of Art and the Scottish Pre-school Play Association.

The Queen’s Hall (Edinburgh) Limited is a Company limited by guarantee. It is registered as a Charity with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and is governed by its memorandum and articles of association. The Company own the building which was opened in 1979 as a concert hall after a major fundraising and refurbishment programme (see Wikipedia for more detailed information on the Hall's history).