Scotland The Brave, William Wallace Monument | Diana MacFarlane
CELEBRATING MODERN SCOTTISH CULTURE
ScotWeek is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) cultural educational organization started in Los Angeles in 2020 to highlight creativity, education, culture and charity.
Every April, ScotWeek will host a program of events promoting Scottish culture and excellence across multiple industries in order to facilitate and cultivate education including, film & television, music, art, fashion, design, sport, philanthropy, innovation and more.
ScotWeek’s charitable work will include an educational scholarship program. Studies will include, yet will not be limited to, the arts, science, medicine, and business. Approval of applications will be focused on disadvantaged young people who have worked hard and may not otherwise have such opportunities for education or unique cultural experiences.
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Cindi, an international competitive piper, is an award-winning real estate agent who has served the Luxury Real Estate market in Greater Los Angeles for over 17 years. As an avid philanthropist, Cindi serves on multiple charitable boards. Positions include Standing Council Member and Official Piper for the Clan Chattan Association of Scotland and Piper and Former Trustee for St. Andrews‘ Society of Los Angeles.
Kelsey is an anthropologist, reiki and shamanic practitioner, and performing artist. She is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, member of the Scottish Business Network, and Board Member of the Seaside Highland Games. She studied anthropology at The New School for Social Research (NYC), shamanism at The Foundation for Shamanic Studies, plant medicine at Wisdom of the Earth, acting at The Royal Academy of Performing Art (RADA - London), and concert piano at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music.
Fashion Designer | Prophetik Clothing
Jeff is an American fashion designer and visual artist who‘s designs are sold internationally. He is perhaps best known for his sustainable ’plant-dyed‘ red carpet gowns. Jeff takes his inspiration from the dressmakers of the Civil War period who worked with what was in front of them, fashioning beautiful gowns that were later taken apart to recreate new dresses – sustainability born out of necessity. With his company Prophetik, Jeff combines a dandyish, rock ’n’ roll aesthetic with a robust sustainable philosophy, never compromising his ethical principals or his style credentials.
Graham is a Scottish television & film actor best known for his roles as Dougal Mackenzie in the popular TV series "Outlander" (2014-16), as Dwalin in the "The Hobbit" trilogy for Peter Jackson (2012-14) as well as the Saint of Killers in AMC’s series "Preacher".
Louis has produced and directed more than one hundred and fifty plays and operas worldwide. He has served as Director of the Shakespeare Globe Centre‘s Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance Institute (1997-2002) and President of Deep Springs College (2007). Louis is currently artistic associate at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.
Dr Kenneth Misch
As Drum Major for nearly 40 years, Ken is currently the Drum Major of the United States‘ most successful pipe band, the Los Angeles Scottish Pipe Band, as well as Director for the World Drum Major Association, Inc. Previously, Ken has served as Senior Drum Major for both the Victoria and New York Military Tattoos as well as Senior Drum Major for National Police Week. When not on the parade esplanade, Ken worked as a pediatrician in Las Vegas for close to 30 years and is currently a managing partner at Saint Rose Pediatrics.
Ian is Chief Strategy Officer at Precision Medicine Initiative Cedars Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles. With a career that spans over 30 years in life-science commercialization and technology development, Ian has been a valued adviser to GenPro since its founding in 2014. Ian also serves as Board Member and Trustee for the Saint Andrew’s Society of Los Angeles.
Gary has been an advertising and marketing professional throughout his career and is a national manager for a business-to-business media and data firm. He currently serves as a Trustee for the Saint Andrews’s Society of Los Angeles. He is affiliated with International Clan MacFarlane Society, Clan Maitland of North America, Clan Gunn Society of North America and Royal Stuart Society.
Pamela Lowry-Marbell has played an active role in the Scottish community for over a decade. A current member of Saint Andrews Society Los Angeles, she served as their secretary for several years before taking over as the C.O.O. and Talent Booking Agent for the Seaside Highland Games.
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Affirmative Entertainment and Productions & Management - Awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to the British Entertainment Industry. He is the former Chairman of the BAFTA in Los Angeles, California USA.
Russell has enjoyed the benefits of a highly successful international career in the technology sector and now focuses his efforts on supporting owners and boards of companies to devise and implement growth strategies to create shareholder value. Russell is founding Managing Partner of the advisory group, Exolta Capital Partners, and Founding Chairman Scottish Business Network the global network supporting Scottish business leaders.
Fraser is a New York based immigration attorney who is highly active in the city’s not-for-profit landscape. He is keenly focused on developing ties between members of the Scottish diaspora and creating opportunities for individuals in business, the creative arts and students in the United States and Scotland. He is a Board Member of the Scottish Bar Association of New York, a member of the New York Tartan Week Committee, and the inaugural New York Ambassador for the Scottish Business Network.
Sandy Donaldson has a track record in challenging norms and delivering value across Healthcare organizations with a focus in pharma and medical devices. For the last 17 years he led teams and initiatives in the US, EU and APAC focused on developing new capabilities and go to market models that accelerate company growth and positive patient outcomes. As a thought leader in engagement across the Health Ecosystem, Sandy is a regular first point of contact for organizations who are trying to improve the interfaces between industry, Health Care Professionals and Patients. Since joining the Scottish Diaspora in 2002, Sandy has continually played a role in supporting his native Scotland. Work with Alumni organizations, Global Scot, Scottish Business Network and the Glasgow Disabled Scouts allow him to give back, and ensure that Scotland is strongly represented abroad.
Jarvina Routt began competing in Scottish athletics in 2016. After a year of competing in the Women’s A/Elite class she went on to compete in the Women’s Lightweight class. In August of 2018 Jarvina traveled to Scotland with a team of athletes to help expand the sport. While there, the team competed at the Mey Highland Games where they got the honor of meeting HRH Prince Charles. Later that year in November Jarvina traveled to Tucson, Arizona where she competed in the Women’s Lightweight National Championship and won Overall. Now retired as a Lightweight after breaking several world records and winning a National title, she is focused on expanding her career as a woman’s Professional athlete. Her love and passion for the sport goes well outside of the field as she works to reach future generations of throwers.
Sandra is a highly skilled marketing and creative strategy expert who has held senior appointments in a number of prestigious advertising agencies, including Saatchi & Saatchi. She has worked with a variety of leading consumer, entertainment, IT, hospitality and real estate brands. Today, Sandra is the leading Senior Creative Strategist at a Fortune 150 company, overseeing the Californian market and major real estate development advertising.
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Sylvester McCoy is a Scottish actor, best known for playing the seventh incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who from 1987 to 1989, and Radagast the Brown Wizard in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit Series. McCoy played Sir Ian McKellen’s Fool in King Lear, had a small role in the 1979 film Dracula opposite Laurence Olivier and Donald Pleasence, and has sung with the Welsh National Opera.
Bob Peirce served as British Consul-General in Los Angeles from 2005 to 2009, completing a 32 year diplomatic career. He was the secretary for external relations in the Hong Kong government in the 1990s, and a key negotiator with China on Hong Kong from the early 1980s through the handover in 1997. Bob is a co-founder and former chairman of BritWeek, an annual celebration of creativity and innovation in Los Angeles. He is now a consultant on international business and policing issues.
Born in St Andrews in Scotland, Nina started her career on the legendary Jackie magazine as the first female editor in the history of publishers D C Thomson of Dundee. An award-winning broadcaster and travel writer, she was both Queen of Pop and TV critic for top-selling UK newspapers, and judge on prime-time TV talent show New Faces. She writes celebrity profiles for The Times in London, appears as a commentator on TV, makes programmes for BBC Radio and has a podcast series Too Late to Die Young, a celebration of famous lives lived long and well.
Grant McCahon was raised in Australia with the help of his Scottish grandfather, Alexander Logan, from Hawick. Alexander was shot during the landing at Gallipoli and survived to become the family patriarch, instilling in Grant decent values that he has taken around the world throughout his life. Grant lives in London and travels the world mingling with the great and the good in media circles and normal life too. A mix of Champagne and porridge you could say.
Ray Weston is a Scottish drummer, most noted for his work with Wishbone Ash. He has toured with many well-known acts including Tom Jones, Ultravox, Bay City Rollers and many others. He is now an official member of Iron Butterfly.
John Luessenhop is a two-time US #1 Box Office Director, Writer and Producer. His films have starred such notable actors as Idris Elba, Paul Walker, Zoe Zaldana, Matt Dillon, Hayden Christiansen, and Alexandra Daddario. He is very proud of his maternal Scottish McCrea roots and excited about ScotWeek.
As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan and his team helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe. “I’m absolutely delighted to serve as an Honorary Board member for Scot Week. Coming from the nation that gave the world Television, Penicillin, the Steam Engine, the Telephone etc, and one that continues to be a hot bed of innovation, I am thrilled to serve alongside so many great mentors and leaders from so many different industries.”
Steve is a voting Grammy member and multi-award winning singer-songwriter and actor. As a musician Steve has performed with Alvin Lee (10 years After) and band members from Brand X, Simple Minds, Tom Petty, Madonna, Seal, Sons of Cream and The Who. Steve is currently working on an "Unledded" symphonic celebration of Led Zeppelins music for their 50th anniversary and continues to lend his talent to the creative industries.