Verity Blanchard takes the lead on the 2018 Year of Young People Signature Programme working across the Events Directorate of Visit Scotland to deliver a range of high profile events for the themed year.
Following a BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Arts from Queen Margaret University, Verity gained almost 15 years’ experience in operational event management producing a range of high profile events. Verity joined the team after over 13 years at Edinburgh Castle Concerts and Unique Events where she held several roles progressing through from Production Co-ordinator to becoming Head of Operations. Verity has provided expertise across a wide portfolio of events to public sector and corporate clients working strategically with key stakeholders and partners in the planning and delivery of many large-scale, site-specific events. Verity has extensive experience working with the emergency services including Police Scotland’s Counter Terrorism Officers during the delivery of civic events, and holds Project Griffin: National Security Initiative and ARGUS: Counter Terrorism, Major Events certification. Her time at Unique was heavily involved in the operational delivery of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay including developing health and safety and contingency plans with the safety advisory group (EPOG) and representing the event in the multi-agency control centre (MACC).