Re-Structure

27th Jul · Dawn Hawkins

Our team is a vibrant collective of staff, artists and volunteers, all working together to achieve our aim of being the cultural heart of North East Scotland.

Our team is a vibrant collective of staff, artists and volunteers, all working together to achieve our aim of being the cultural heart of North East Scotland. Our network of voluntary affiliate groups and associate artists work closely with our small staff team, to deliver a high-quality programme that draws on shared skills and experience.

In January 2020 the Barn board made a bold decision following the departure of the Director of 6 years, not to replace the role. Instead it was agreed that the current team would restructure to create a Senior Management Team; Victoria Layt (General Manager), Cath Du Preez (Head of Operations) and Simone Stewart (Head of Creative Programme). This move allowed the Barn to bring in much needed additional staff including a Fundraising Coordinator and a Volunteer Coordinator.

Victoria Layt has been with the Barn since 2014 in the role of Finance Manager, stepping up to General Manager in January 2020. Victoria came to the Barn with a senior management background and 14 years’ experience of various roles in payroll in both the corporate and third sector. The degree in Environmental Geography that Victoria holds also compliments the Arts & Ecology interests of the Barn.

Victoria Layt

Victoria Layt - General Manager

Cath Du Preez has managed the operations side of the venue for 5 years. She brings more than 35 years' experience in management, operations and leadership. Prior to joining the Barn, Cath had a series of successful roles within large corporates, SMEs and her own businesses that spanned the IT, hospitality and wellbeing sectors. A co-founder of an award-winning music/cabaret venue and a festival director, joining the Barn was a return to the arts and creative sector for Cath.

Cath Du Preez

Cath Du Preez - Head of Operations

Head of Creative Programme, Simone Stewart joined the Barn team in January 2019. Simone was previously an arts consultant and curator with experience at several national museums and arts institutions in the UK including Royal Academy of Arts and the Wallace Collection. Simone has written numerous texts on arts and performance and has participated at various national and global events on art, from International Arts and Health conferences, arts festivals and Biennales.

Simone Stewart

Simone Stewart - Head of Creative Programme

This new operational model allows the organisation to combine high quality management, value for money and genuine community interaction and engagement in a way that is unique in Scotland.

The last 16 months have been a time of new challenges and unexpected obstacles. Arts organisations around the world had to adapt in a spectacular fashion when suddenly faced with Covid-19. We do not hold all the answers as to how the future will look for the Barn but it is our sincerest wish to remain invaluable to our communities.

The Barn is a charity and your support has never been more important during this difficult time.