Kelly has a BA (Hons) in Drama and Media and has been responsible for Creative Live's communication and editorial output in Scotland since 2005, and across the whole organisation since 2021.

She has coordinated a number of Creative Lives' projects and exhibitions, including My Time, A Creative Century, Mouth of the River and Scottish Creations.

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

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