Meet the Board



Jonathan Smith, Chairperson

Jonathan has always had a strong interest in and passion for culture, creativity and artistic activity in all of its forms, and of the benefit they can provide in improving quality of life for all. From the classics of story-telling, literature, painting, architecture, choreography, theatre and music to more contemporary expressions such as photography, film, lighting and visual-art.

He sees importance in promoting the benefits to health, wellbeing, social inclusion, confidence and skills that accessible activities and performances can provide as well as acknowledging the value and celebrating culture, creativity and art in their own merits. For this to be achieved as successfully and sustainably as possible, he believes that partnerships, engaging with communities and promoting the priorities and views of those active in culture is a key area of focus and development.

– At present, a Community Councillor for the area of Castlehill and Pittodrie, Chairperson of Aberdeen’s Community Council Forum, and Civic Forum and active representative within the community.




Annie Begg, Vice-Chair

Annie has been in her current position with Quids In Theatre Company for over four years and has worked hard to produce theatre that is both accessible and entertaining to a wide variety of audiences as well as providing the opportunity for those who wish to be involved. The opportunity for everyone to be involved in the Arts, at whatever level, is very important to her and believes that ABpositive can be fundamental in providing a joined up view of the culture and arts in Aberdeen and encouraging active participation in the Arts by providing a forum for discussion and sharing in Aberdeen.

– Annie is also the Production Manager and writer in residence with Quids In Theatre Company in Aberdeen.



Hamish McKay, Member

Caithnessian, Hamish has lived in Aberdeen for 45 years and was a senior news executive on The Press and Journal for 25 years before establishing his own media business. He has always been involved in the arts scene – a co-founder of the Aberdeen Alternative Festival, and an arts critic for numerous publications including The Stage.
He has also been involved in the political arena- always as an Independent candidate, and as a community activist on regeneration issues.

Hamish has been surprised but delighted with how quickly AB+ has become established and embedded in life in Aberdeen, providing an innovative platform to launch a number of synergetic cultural initiatives in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.



Sandy McRobbie, Secretary

From a start as an Electrician at HMT, Aberdonian Sandy spent a number of years as a touring Lighting Director for acts ranging from London City Ballet to Talking Heads. A decade spent in London as a Production Manager for Theatre Projects culminated in running the Aerial aspects of the Millennium Dome. Back home and 7 years as Technical & Project Manager at HMT followed before a spell in Liverpool at the Empire Theatre for Live Nation. Currently he’s Production Manager at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Sandy is very keen to use his diverse experience to try and help the arts, in all their formats, to flourish in Aberdeen.


Alan Silver, Treasurer

Having been involved in the technical side of theatre from school productions at Aberdeen Grammar School Alan progressed to being Artistic Director of Pro Arte. As chairman of Castlegate Ats Ltd he was a member of the steering group at the time of the formation of AB+. His professional role as Director of Roads for Grampian Region gave him grounding in financial control and experience to act as the group treasurer.



Alison Chandler, Member

A founding member of the AB+ Steering Group, Alison grew up in artistic circles in Dundee, took part in the Theatre Society while studying at Edinburgh University and culminated a career in London as CEO of Clean Break Theatre Company for Women Ex-Offenders. Returning to the North East to continue to develop Third Sector organisations, she is actively involved in ACVO (Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations) – The Third Sector Interface for many years, including supporting a wide range of arts organisations among her clients.



George Mackenney, Member

(Member profile coming soon).

– George is also a Director with Aberdeen Arts Centre


Lisa Milne, Member

(Member profile coming soon).

– Lisa is also an independent artist and performer


Our current Board members are listed as above.

To read more about the duties of a SCIO trustee please visit the OSCR website and refer to their excellent Guidance for Charity Trustees – acting with care and diligence.


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