December 4, 2013

Press Releases


Scottish Ballet is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Norman Murray as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  Mr Murray takes over from Zoe van Zwanenberg, who stands down after 9 years.

Norman Murray has a considerable career in business, with over forty years’ experience spanning accountancy, venture capital, and the oil, energy and drinks industries.

He is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Petrofac Limited, a FTSE 100 international oil services company, and Chairman of The Edrington Group Limited – famous for producing and distributing whisky brands including The Famous Grouse, Macallan and Highland Park.

A graduate of Heriot Watt University and the Programme for Management Development at Harvard Business School, Norman has enjoyed an illustrious career at home and abroad.  After training as a Chartered Accountant, he worked for Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) in Hong Kong before returning to the UK and holding senior positions in the banking, corporate finance and private equity industries with RBS, Charterhouse, Morgan Grenfell and Deutsche Bank.

A long-term supporter of Scottish Ballet, and the arts in Scotland, Norman said of his appointment:  “It is clear that Scottish Ballet is a dynamic company with a well-deserved reputation for creativity in the arts, and education and outreach.

“I am joining the company as it premieres a brand new production of Hansel & Gretel – created in engagement with the people of Scotland.  This genuine connection with its home nation matches Scottish Ballet’s achievements on the international stage.  I look forward to working with the team to develop further opportunities at home and further afield. “

Outgoing Chair Zoe van Zwanenberg commented:  “It has been an honour to work with Scottish Ballet.  I am proud of the company and will continue to follow them as a fan and supporter. I’m delighted to pass the Chairmanship of this national asset to Norman.  His wealth of experience and contacts will support Scottish Ballet’s continued development.  I look forward to seeing what exciting opportunities this may bring.”

Scottish Ballet Chief Executive Cindy Sughrue said: “Zoe has made an outstanding contribution to Scottish Ballet in her 9 years as Chair.  She has overseen the company’s artistic renaissance as well as the move to our award-winning national headquarters at Tramway – leaving a very real legacy for Scottish Ballet.

“I look forward to welcoming Norman Murray to the role of Chairman.  Norman brings with him commercial savvy and incredible experience in Scotland and beyond.  He will help us develop further opportunities with our existing partners and open new doors for the company.  It is indeed an exciting time for Scottish Ballet.”

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs added:

“Scottish Ballet is already a prominent international ballet company that showcases cultural excellence to the world, and Norman will help it develop still further. Under his leadership, I am sure we will see the award-winning Scottish Ballet go from strength to strength.”

From 12 December the members of the Board of Directors of Scottish Ballet are: Norman Murray (Chair), John Curran (Vice Chair), Michael Berry, Jacquelynn Craw, Anne Gallacher, Anu Giri, Callum Meikle, Caroline Roxburgh, Niall Scott, Dr Cindy Sughrue.  (Outgoing: Zoe van Zwanenberg (Chair), Mike Ewart, Paul Simmons.)
Norman Murray biography

Mr. Norman L. Murray is Chairman of FTSE 100 oil services company Petrofac Limited and Chairman of premium international spirits company The Edrington Group Limited.

He is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and a past Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association.  He also chaired the independent committee charged with establishing the Audit Firm Governance Code published by the Financial Reporting Council in 2010.

Norman qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young McLelland Moores now EY in Edinburgh and then worked with Peat Marwick Mitchell, now KPMG in Hong Kong.   He then worked in the venture capital industry with RBS, Charterhouse, Morgan Grenfell and Deutsche Bank – being a co-founder of Morgan Grenfell Private Equity and a director of Morgan Grenfell Asset Management.

He was Chairman of Cairn Energy plc, Deputy Chairman of Cairn India Limited, the senior independent director at Robert Wiseman Dairies plc and Greene King plc.  He also served on the boards of Glasgow Income Trust, Penta Capital Partners and Bristow Helicopter Group.

He was a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland’s Research Committee which published Making Corporate Reports Valuable and was Chairman of the Institute’s Public Sector Task Force which published Accounting for Public Service-Towards a New Reporting Framework.

Norman was a Governor and Chairman of the Investment Committee at St Columba’s Hospice, Chairman of the Governing Council at George Watson’s College Edinburgh and is currently an Honorary Professor at Heriot-Watt University. He is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University and graduated from the Programme for Management Development at the Harvard Business School in 1987.


Scottish Ballet is Scotland’s National Dance Company. The Company employs 36 professional dancers, 41 staff and a part-time freelance orchestra of up to 70 musicians. Scottish Ballet’s primary aim is to provide programmes of world-class dance performance and educational activity at all scales.

Scottish Ballet presents a wide range of high-quality dance to audiences across Scotland, the UK and abroad, with strong classical technique at the root of all of its work. The Company presents a broad repertoire, ranging from new versions of the classics through to seminal pieces from 20th century modern ballet repertoire and extending into signature pieces by living choreographers and new commissions.

Scottish Ballet provides a huge variety of education initiatives and dance classes including: work with children and adults of all ages and abilities; and the Associate Programme, which encourages aspiring young dancers to train for a career in the industry. The Company is also closely linked with Royal Conservatoire Scotland, partnering the BA Modern Ballet and M.Mus (Pianist for Dance) degree courses.

Scottish Ballet is currently touring the world premiere of a brand new Hansel & Gretel.  Created by Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Director Christopher Hampson, Hansel & Gretel takes creative twists and turns inspired by the Grimm Brother’s famous fairy tale – and the stories and imagination of the people of Scotland, gathered from a year-long country-wide initiative called ‘Hansel & Gretel, and Me’.


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