Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society announces new chair

Published: 30 March 2021
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Benny Higgins

Benny Higgins will be the new chair of the board of directors of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.

Higgins has previously been CEO of Tesco Bank, but his financial sector experience predates with positions at Scottish National Investment Bank, RBS and HBOS.

He counts amongst his non-executive posts chair of National Galleries of Scotland, trustee for the Edinburgh International Culture Summit and chair of The Fine Art Society (London and Edinburgh).

Higgins said, “I am delighted to be appointed chair of the Fringe Society. The Edinburgh Fringe is an essential component of Scotland’s cultural heritage, and now more than ever, we need to celebrate and invest in this vibrant, inclusive and accessible festival. As we rebuild our future together after this extraordinarily difficult time, I know that the Fringe will have an essential role to play in the country’s economic, social and cultural recovery."

He takes over from Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea with immediate effect.