Euan Leitch became Director of BEFS in 2015, having joined BEFS as Advocacy and Communications Officer in 2013.
Euan has a MA (Hons) in Architectural History from the University of Edinburgh and a PGDip Urban and Regional Planning with distinction from Heriot Watt University.
He has worked as a freelance historic building consultant across Scotland, latterly working as Assistant Director for the Cockburn Association before joining BEFS in 2013. He has a long relationship with the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland and was Vice Chairman until 2012.
Adopting a cross-sectoral approach, Euan engages with other areas of the built environment including planning, architecture and construction as well as national and local government.
Ailsa joined BEFS in 2017, having previously managed the Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage project and worked for Museums Galleries Scotland.
Ailsa has an M.Litt from St Andrews University in Art History where she focused on architectural history both classical and vernacular.
Coming from a cultural heritage project management background running complex projects with a nationwide remit Ailsa has wide-ranging experience with partnership working and collaboration across the sector.
A passion for supporting heritage skills policy and increasing sustainability for the sector has enabled Ailsa to take part in the European Commission Voices of Culture dialogue session on heritage skills where she is part of the associated paper’s editorial team advocating for, “an integrated approach to: skills, training and knowledge transfer for traditional and emerging heritage professions”.
Saskia joined BEFS in 2015, having previously worked as the Communications & Culture Officer at the German Consulate General in Edinburgh.
Saskia has a MSc in International and European Politics with distinction from the University of Edinburgh and is currently working towards her PhD in Politics. She joined BEFS in 2015, having previously worked as the Policy & Public Relations Officer at the German Consulate General Edinburgh for six years. She is responsible for communicating BEFS’s key messages and activities to member organisations and stakeholders and supporting the development of policy consultation and advocacy strategies.
Fionnuala has a wide range of skills and experience from across a variety of sectors and organisations.
Fionnuala has a wide range of skills and experience from across a variety of sectors and organisations, including Gleneagles Hotel, The Daily Telegraph and the Royal College of Surgeons. She originally comes from Dublin and has lived in Edinburgh for 20 years, has 3 children and enjoys sailing in her spare time. Fionnuala joined the BEFS’ team in 2016, providing administrative and financial support. She is also Company Secretary.