Helen McVey

director (strategic projects)


Helen McVey is an experienced and versatile Arts Leader. Upon gaining her BA(Musical Studies)Hons in 2001 Helen has enjoyed a varied creative career including freelance performance (with all the National Companies), project management and posts including Education Manager for Children’s Classic Concerts (2005-07); Training support musician for Sistema Scotland (2008 - present) and Head of Programmes, Westbourne Music (2007 – 2016). Helen has worked for Creative Scotland as a freelance fund assessor and acts as consultant for key arts organisations wishing to develop funding and new ways of working.

Helen held the post of Creative Executive, Enterprise Music Scotland 2007-2016. During her time at EMS, Helen worked closely with key stakeholders to develop the chamber music sector in Scotland and position EMS as the national body for chamber music. She successfully sought additional funding and delivered key events such as Chamber Music Matters; Residency Projects; numerous new music commissions; Creative Exchange...

Helen is a strategist, embedded in the musical life in Scotland. As a strong believer and advocate for life-long learning she successfully participated in the inaugural Arts Leadership course in 2009 (Creative and Cultural Skills Scotland). Helen gained an MBA at Glasgow University to support her skills development as a leader, performer, educator and manager.

Currently, Helen holds the post of Interim Director (Strategic Projects), a key senior management post at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Following a period of maternity leave, Helen was seconded to Acting Director of Music and is currently delivering a commissioned piece of strategic development work for the RCS. Helen lectures in Arts Management and strategically manages the portfolio of Choice modules institution-wide.

participating in

  • Classical:NEXT 2018
  • Classical:NEXT 2012