Jo McLean appointed as our new Executive Director

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jo McLean as our new Executive Director.

Starting in May 2020, Jo McLean joins CLOD ENSEMBLE after four years as Chief Executive Officer of The Touring Network where she has been working to ensure that rural touring is a central, celebrated and indispensable part of the cultural life of Scotland.

A former classical musician, Jo has worked as a consultant and producer in Scotland and internationally, commissioning small and large scale works across a wide range of art forms. She is a Saltire Fellow, having participated in the fellowship programme in 2018/19 with a focus on entrepreneurial and leadership skills.

As Executive Director, Jo will join co-founders and Artistic Directors Suzy Willson and Paul Clark who have been instrumental in innovating across both the arts and health sectors over the last 25 years. Jo’s role will focus on the strategic progress of the organisation, with particular attention on Performing Medicine, an award-winning professional development initiative for health professionals and medical students.

Our Chair of Trustees, Lucy Davies (Executive Producer, Royal Court), said:
“We are delighted to make this announcement as we head towards a year-long programme celebrating CLOD ENSEMBLE’s 25th anniversary. We are looking to the future and the Board is thrilled to welcome Jo McLean, who will join Suzy and Paul to spearhead the evolution of the organisation – developing the strategic vision that will continue to place CLOD ENSEMBLE at the forefront of contemporary performance and innovative arts practice.”

Jo McLean said:
“I’m delighted to be joining the CLOD ENSEMBLE team at such an exciting point in their evolution, and am looking forward to contributing to their continued development and impact. The company is already well-positioned across sectors, and I hope that my contribution to the next stage sees the organisation being recognised for influencing and leading considerable change within and outside the sector.”

Artistic Director, Suzy Willson said:
“In these turbulent times we urgently need to connect across disciplines, sectors, communities, countries and continents. I am so pleased that Jo is bringing her vision and rigour to CLOD ENSEMBLE and I look forward to working with her to catalyse new partnerships and projects across the arts and health sectors in the UK and internationally.”

This new role is generously supported by The Roddick Foundation.