Kelly has a BA (Hons) in Drama and Media, and has been responsible for Voluntary Arts Scotland’s information output and communications since 2005. She has coordinated a number of projects and exhibitions, including My Time, A Creative Century and Mouth of the River

She also works as a freelance journalist and has been The Scotsman’s chief dance critic for 20 years, is Dance and Kids Editor of The List Magazine, writes for a variety of other newspapers, magazines and festivals and is a regular guest on BBC Radio Scotland. 

Kelly is a member of the Love Music Community Choir in Edinburgh, and enjoys creative writing.