Marie has worked at a senior level in the Events and Festivals sector for more than twenty years. She currently heads up the Development department within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, leading teams with responsibility for Events Industry Development, Events and Exhibitions, Themed Years and Growth Fund.
Joining the EventScotland management team in 2003, Marie designed and ran EventScotland’s successful National Events Programme, working with a wide range of events across the country. Marie also led the delivery of Homecoming Scotland 2009 – a year-long celebration of Scotland’s culture and heritage which influenced an additional 95,000 visitors to travel to join the celebrations generated an estimated £53.7M additional revenue for Scotland. Prior to her current post, Marie was EventScotland’s International Cultural Events Director with responsibility for leading and delivering the strategy for supporting Scotland’s major cultural events and for securing new ‘one-off’ events such as MTV Europe Music Awards and the Turner Prize.
Before joining the organisation, Marie was General Manager and Producer with UZ Events, creating and delivering large scale events such as the Glasgow Art Fair, On the Streets: City of Design 1999 and Glasgow’s Hogmanay, Big in Falkirk and the celebrations to open the Scottish Parliament. Marie’s early career was in Arts Marketing, including time as the Press and Marketing Manager for Wildcat Stage Productions. Marie graduated from Glasgow University with a MA (Hons) in History of Art and from Queen Margaret University with an MBA in Cultural Management and Policy. She is co-author of the popular publication Events Management: A practical guide