Elliott is more a mover than a shaker.
He became chief exec of the troubled Royal Liverpool Phil in 2001. Five years into that job, he took a second post as co-director of the successful bid to win the City of Culture title. In 2008, he left Liverpool to run the culture side of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
When the Labour government fell, he took the Scottish job. Three years later, he is moving on to a decidedly unsexy job as head of the music examinations body, ABRSM.
That’s a very busy c.v., busier than anyone in the business.