General and Artistic Director of Bergen National Opera. From 2005 – 2008 was CEO and artistic director of the Stavanger 2008, European Capital of Culture and following that she wrote the Spanish city of Burgos´s bid to be ECoC for 2016. From 2001 – 2005 she worked in the USA directing the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in Connecticut. Prior to this she produced and presented for the BBC before leading the development of new work for English National Opera.
She began her career as concert violinist, working internationally. She became chief music critic of Scotland´s national newspaper, while directing the UK´s first Nordic festival, based in Northern Scotland.