Meet the team

The FoSP team is a very small dedicated team who work hard throughout the year to create and develop an exciting, diverse and changling programme.  

Katherine Newbigging - Festival Director


Katherine is a graduate from Edinburgh University in English Literature. Originally hailing from near Portsmouth this is her fifth year involved with Festival of Spirituality and Peace.  Katherine has also worked for the Edinburgh Interfaith Association as an events coordinator and developer.



Alistair Hayes - Volunteer Coordinator


Alistair is a new addition to the FOSP team. As Volunteer Co-ordinator he will be bringing together and working with our fantastic team of festival volunteers. He graduated from University of Edinburgh in 2011 and has worked for a number of organisations since then. Primarily, he has worked on fundraising and communications for the Refugee Survival Trust, an Edinburgh based charity. Alistair maintains a keen interest in human rights, having travelled to Palestine in the summer of 2011. He likes to run, play squash and snowboard in the Winter.



Simon Barrow – Media Coordinator


Simon lives in Leith and has over 30 years experience in journalism and communications. He is currently co-director of the beliefs and values thinktank Ekklesia. He was formerly assistant general secretary of Churches Together in Britainand Ireland (CTBI). In 2011, Simon helped out with Festival press work and social media for the first time. This year he’s on board as a full team member.



Beata Skobodzinska - Event Planner/ Administrator


Beata's been involved with the Festival since March 2012 co-programming the Festival conversations and developing administrative systems. For several years she has been working in the Third Sector engaging young Europeans in educational projects designed to promote international understanding, intercultural dialogue and diversity of ideas and practices. Currently, she is completing her MA degree in Festival Management at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. 



Annika Wolf – Event Planning Intern


Annika is currently doing her Masters degree at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh in Arts and Cultural Management.  Originally from Germany, she works as an intern for FoSP to complement her studies and to gain working experience in a festival environment, supporting the team in areas such as marketing or any other way possible.




Our team also relies on volunteer help.  We're always happy to welcome new volunteers who would like to dedicate some of their time to FoSP. If you'd like to lend a hand, please don't hesitate to contact us or visit the Volunteering page, new members are always welcome.

Get involved!

Find out how by contacting us at:


The Festival of Spirituality and Peace

St John's Church
Princes Street
Edinburgh EH2 4BJ



Or use our online contact form.


New Director

The Festival of Spirituality & Peace has a new Director: Andrew Newman.  Andrew brings with him an African/ Scottish view on the path to peace, diversity and inclusiveness.


For information on how to contact him visit the 'Meet the team' page

Calling all Performers


FoSP is searching for innovative and thought-provoking events to be part of 2013's Festival


For more information please see the Performing page 

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