Meet The Team

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Nick Gardner

Chair - Leith Festival Board

Nick has lived off Leith Walk and Easter Road for over 30 years. He has been a community activist for many years, as a youth worker, local Councillor for Leith Walk ward, and as a campaigner. Nick has been a member of Leith Festival’s board for 8 years, and looks forward to helping make Leith Festival even bigger and better, by involving everyone who lives and works in the Republic of Leith.

Phil Attridge

Phil Attridge

Vice Chair - Leith Festival Board

Phil has lived in Leith for 30 years, and has always been interested and involved in the local community. He’s the Chair of Pilmeny Development Project, a former Leith Councillor and been on the Board of Leith Festival for three years.

Jai Adami

Treasurer - Leith Festival Board

I started volunteering with Leith Festival in 2018, initially paying the bills, producing the Annual Accounts and updating the working spreadsheets (with the help of a financial wizard based in South Leicestershire). I still do the finances as Treasurer since 2021 and am happy to to continue doing so but I have also gained so much from more recently leading on the volunteer programme. We have a great bunch of volunteers who contribute to the local community in so many different ways. Looking forward to more volunteers of any age but particularly the younger ones getting involved with Leith Festival – and dogs of course!  Oscar is our second mascot following on from Coco…

Barbara Kerr

Barbara Kerr

Secretary - Leith Festival Board

Barbara has lived in Leith since 2011, and loves the community spirit and atmosphere that living here brings. For some time before joining the board she had been looking for a volunteer opportunity that would allow her to contribute to the local community. While studying for a degree in Arts Management she began volunteering with Leith Festival, and after 2 years, she joined the Board in late 2019.

Rita Crombie

Rita Crombie

Leith Festival Board Member

Born in Leith, worked in Leith, live in Leith. Love Leith.

Darren Smith

Leith Festival Board Member

To be added!

Carrie Beattie

Festival & Volunteer Coordinator

Carrie decided to pursue a career in the Creative Industries studying Theatre Arts after leaving school before attending the University of Highlands & Islands and graduating with a BA in Music Performance. Now an experienced vocal coach, quality manager, performer and musical director, Carrie works with a variety of private and public organisations whilst managing her own musical projects. When not at work Carrie loves spending time with her cat, going out to gigs, traveling and brunch.

“Leith is often cited as one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods and I couldn’t agree more. I love the vibrancy and community spirit, the live music venues, independent shops and galleries, the café culture and food markets, the beautiful buildings and the view at the shore. I think Leith is a very special place that offers something for everyone.”

– Carrie Beattie

Morag Innes

Morag Innes

Volunteer Coordinator

Morag grew up in Broughton and lived in various parts of town until settling in St. Leonard’s in 1996. She has strong active connections with Leith. One of her first memories of Leith is learning and playing bagpipes with the Leith Ladies Pipe Band who met in Leith Community Centre.