Edel Harris OBE The New Beacon of Aberdeen’s Performing Arts

Edel Harris OBE The New Beacon of Aberdeen’s Performing Arts
Edel Harris / Photo Supplied by Aberdeen Performing Arts

Edel Harris OBE: A New Beacon for Aberdeen Performing Arts

Aberdeen Performing Arts announced today that Edel Harris OBE will be their new board Chair.

Harris will start her journey with APA in February as a board member and Chair-Elect. She’ll then step up as the Chair later in the year. She’s taking the baton from Craig Pike, who has been leading the way for the past 12 years.

Who is Edel Harris?

Harris is no stranger to leadership and community service. She’s been the CEO of Mencap and of Cornerstone Community Care. In addition, she was Chair of the Scottish Government’s Social Investment Fund.

Locally she was president of Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce and held a non-executive Director role at Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust. In 2021 she was awarded an OBE for her work to improve the lives of people with a disability.

A Personal Touch

Harris is a genuine art lover, often seen at events hosted by APA. That personal passion is bound to bring a unique touch to her role. Harris said, “As a regular patron, I have long been a supporter of everything that this organisation stands for, helping to make a positive impact through the arts and championing making arts accessible for all.”

Love for Aberdeen

With Harris at the helm, APA will be excited for her impact on the organisation and Aberdeen’s arts scene. Her blend of professional prowess and personal passion for the arts is strong. Aberdeen Performing Arts Chief Executive, Sharon Burgess, expressed this enthusiasm. She told us, “We are delighted to welcome Edel Harris as our new Chair. Her wealth of experience and her love for Aberdeen will undoubtedly be valuable assets as we continue to bring outstanding arts experiences to our community.”

Aberdeen Performing Arts, set up in 2004, aims to make a lively cultural centre in the heart of the city. They focus on bringing live performances and creative projects to inspire and involve people. They run three places in Aberdeen’s city centre: His Majesty’s Theatre, The Music Hall, and the Lemon Tree.