Toonspeak are delighted to announce our new Chief Executive is Hazel Wotherspoon.

Jodie Wilkinson (Toonspeak Chair):

Year of Young People 2018 was a special year for Toonspeak. We marked 30 years of the company with continued production of high quality work created by and with our superb, talented and wonderfully curious participants and celebrated significant recognition in being chosen to be a Regularly Funded Organisation by Creative Scotland, which pronounced our abilities to further thrive as a leading example in the youth-led arts sector. 

2019 proves to be no less significant as on behalf of the Board, staff team and participants, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Hazel Wotherspoon, Toonspeak’s new Chief Executive. Hazel is a recognised leader in Scotland’s Arts sector and brings to Toonspeak her immense experience of the Scottish theatre sector along with a keen passion for youth arts and significant experience in developing talent artistically, socially and educationally.

Hazel believes in people, their present and potential and so in acknowledging her reputation for supporting and inspiring, I feel wholeheartedly excited to see what Hazel brings to the organisation in this new role for the company’s evolution. The Toonspeak board are acutely aware of how hard the organisation works and are privileged to collaborate with a fantastic staff, freelance team and a growing faction of ambitious young people who all keep the beating heart of Toonspeak strong.

We see Hazel’s appointment in the team as a vital enhancement to build on the great work already achieved and to keep our heart beating louder and for longer.  Together we will flourish and collectively, we never stop believing that when we trust the young, great things happen.

A word from Hazel:
I am absolutely delighted to be joining such a vibrant organisation at this pivotal time in their development. Toonspeak share my commitment to the involvement of young people not only as participants but as leaders. I’m really looking forward to getting started.

Hazel will start on Monday. We look forward to sharing the future with her and introducing her to all the wonderful young people and staff we work with.