Meet Our Team

At the core of  Edinburgh Open Workshop is an experienced and friendly collection of folk ready to help you get started on your next project, or get you learning how to make your next project!

Co-Founder, Managing Director

Stuart Nairn

After a brief time in the Civil Engineering sector, Stuart moved into the Event and Theatre industry, where he has now worked for over 22 years. At the start of his career, Stuart toured live events as a Stage and Production Manager to venues across Scotland; the UK and abroad. While shoe-horning sets into venues and adjusting things to fit, he realised set building would become his future full-time occupation. When he is not wearing his EOW cap, he is the director of Big House Events, a set design, set construction, staging, and stage hire company.
Co-Founder, Managing Director

Natasha Lee-Walsh

Natasha trained in Stage Management & Theatre Production at QMC. For over 25 years she has worked for some of Scotland’s leading large-scale theatre and production companies and others all over the world as a Stage Manager, Project Manager and Producer. When she’s not planning for the present and future of EOW, Tash manages the day to day of Big House Events, a set design, set construction, staging, and stage hire company. When she’s not engaged in either of these functions, you can find her outside, preferably with water, mountains and trees in the mix.
Co-Founder, Managing Director

Nicola Milazzo

Nicola was a maker before she knew that it had a name and you could do it for a living. After a few false starts and wrong turns she discovered the theatre and events sector, trained at Edinburgh’s Telford College and has now been working in the industry for over 20 years. Specialising in textiles and stagecraft, alongside regular commissions from local and international festivals she is Set Designer for the Howden Park Centre Christmas Panto. When not making ever more mad and random items, she can be found slumped in front of the TV watching repeats of bad afternoon quiz shows.
Workshop Manager

JJ McGregor

For the last 15 years JJ has specialised in working with scenery for theatre and live events. His previous role with Big House Events was Project Management and Construction Lead on a wide variety of projects from stage installs to small props to large scale set builds. With a background in Technical Stage Management and Scenic Carpentry, JJ has a diverse range of fabrication skills working predominantly in metal and wood. His worst habit in the workshop is putting other people's tools away and cleaning around them as they work… he looks forward to doing that for a living from now on.
Marketing & Development Manager

Jessi James

Dabbling in the arts sector for over 10 years, Jessi has a varied background in project management, funding and development, marketing, and creative learning curriculum. She has worked with both nationally and internationally funded creative projects through the US National Endowment for the Arts, The Cultural Trust of Oregon, Edinburgh International Festival, and the National Trust. When not wearing official trousers, she is a writer, connoisseur of cakes, and the mad woman who chats with her dog in the park.
Branch Manager & Secondary Doorbell


Pepper is an excellent asset to the team – working effortlessly under pressure, keeping balls in the air, and four legs (mostly) on the ground. When you come see us, bring biscuits and she’ll be your friend for life!