Our Team


Jesse Paul / Head of Fair Access

Jesse Paul is the Head of Fair Access at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She has worked as a Teaching Artist for over 30 years across the UK in a wide range of formal and informal educational and community settings. These include higher educational institutions, theatres and hospitals. Fair Access has always been the core of her work.

Some of Jesse’s favourite things are: Going to shows like Sacekripa, reading books like To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine, going to festivals like Counterflows and looking for new music on Rough Trade.

Woman on beach, kneeling down looking at her dog.Becca Skeoch /  WACI Coordinator

Becca is our Coordinator here at WACI and first became interested in the widening access game when she was involved in the Highland Youth Arts Hub back when she was a student, studying Applied Music with UHI.

When she’s not here at the RCS, Becca works as a freelance musician. You can check out her main projects, Tannara and Heisk.

Some of Becca’s favourite things are: swimming in the sea, being on the mountains and exploring with her dog. She’s a big fan of music and loves listening Maribou State, Sylvan Esso and Haim.

Yvonne McLellan /  WACI TEL Coordinator

Yvonne McLellan is the Technology Enhanced Learning Co-ordinator for both WACI and Transitions here at RCS. She is also a music publisher. Starting her musical life in brass bands as a Flugelhorn player, Yvonne has been active in the music industries since 1997,  working with companies such as Island RecordsSpinnUp (Universal Music), V2 Music, Native Publishing and Lost Art Agency.

Working in A&R, music publishing, marketing and international, Yvonne has used her experience and passion in community work, sharing knowledge and promoting opportunities in the Creative Industries in education with experience of teaching in FE/HE since 2003.

Some of Yvonne’s favourite things are: bands like Declan McKenna, Gus Gus, The Cure, lots of electronic music and making things.

Olivia Mears Young /  WACI Administrator

Olivia is our current Administrator here at WACI. She first developed a passion for the importance of widening access to the arts during her time studying a History of Art degree and her involvement in student theatre.

She hopes to continue to build on this passion and experience to develop a career in helping to make the arts as accessible as possible!

Some of Olivia’s favourite things are: painting, being out in the great outdoors, going to the theatre, attempting to bake, and listening to her all-time favourite artist- Kate Bush.

Louise Brown /  Fair Access Outreach and Engagement Officer

Louise has worked in applied and community theatre in a range of settings. She has taught in Secondary schools and in Further and Higher Education, including at the University of the West of Scotland and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She worked as a freelance arts practitioner before joining the Citizens Theatre, where she worked as Creative Learning Officer for fourteen years.  Whilst at the Citz, Louise gained her master’s from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  Louise believes passionately in the power of the arts to make social change. 

Some of Louise’s favourite things are: swimming in the sea, watching films by Paul Thomas Anderson, singing along to Hollywood musicals and La La Land, listening to Nick Cave and that moment in the theatre when the lights go down and everyone goes quiet. 

Ellen McNeill /  Fair Access TEL Administrator 

Ellen is the Technology Enhanced Learning Administrator for WACI and Transitions here at RCS. She is also a singing teacher and studied Vocal Performance at RCS. She first started working with young people when she was a tutor as part of the Enhanced Learning Tutoring Initiative. Run by Queen Margaret University, the initiative provided free tutoring to high school students in East Lothian. Ellen also has experience working in higher education and worked as BA Course Coordinator at the Academy of Music & Sound, Glasgow.

Some of Ellen’s favourite things are: hanging out with her family dog, exploring charity shops and listening to cheesy music, like ABBA!


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