Briana Pegado

Briana Pegado FRSA is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts with experience of nearly a decade as an award-winning social entrepreneur and senior manager in the creative industries in Scotland. She has a Master of Arts with Honours in Sustainable Development from the University of Edinburgh and has sat on a number of charity boards as a trustee from universities, to arts organisations, and currently is the chair of YWCA Scotland – the Young Women’s Movement an intersectional, feminist charity that supports young women’s leadership, sexual education, and women from marginalised communities with work opportunities. She is a consultant at The Collective, formed in 2020 as a research consultancy centering intersectional and feminist analysis, co-production and participation while challenging systemic inequality. Most recently she was the Co-Director of We Are Here Scotland CIC, a community interest company that supports Black and POC creatives to develop their careers in the creative industries.

Briana has nearly a decade of experience as a senior manager in the third sector and creative industries. In 2018, she designed and co-lead an Executive Education Programme with Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh Chris Speed for Tesco Bank focusing on Data-Driven Design Education. She was chair of the board of Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) from 2014 – 2015, a charity with a £10 million turnover and sat on the board of the University of Edinburgh (University Court) in the same year. She has acted as a board member on several boards including a Lay Member of the Governing Body of the University of York (University Council), the University of Edinburgh’s General Council. She was a Member of Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop’s National Partnership for Culture from 2020-2021 and Culture Counts.

As founder of the award-winning Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF) and co-founder of Povo, a ‘conductancy’ that supported collaborators, she uses play to work with clients to better understand their creative process, problem solve, strategise, and come up with values-driven solutions to all sorts of innovation challenges. From anti-racism consulting, to governance, and organisational design. Her background in sustainable development and training as a trauma-informed facilitator enables her to bring a health, wellness, and wellbeing focus to all of her work to support the dynamic development of company culture.

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