Fergus was appointed Festival Director of the Edinburgh International Festival in 2014. He graduated English and Classics at University College Dublin and began his career in the theatre, producing shows and going on to direct the Dublin Theatre Festival from 2000 to 2004. From 2004 to 2009 he was Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Sydney Festival. From 2010 to 2012, Fergus was Head of Music at Sydney Opera House, where he refreshed the year-round music programme and directed Vivid LIVE, a festival of music and digital art. He has served on advisory boards for the Abbey Theatre and the Dublin Fringe Festival and is a Trustee of IMPACT Scotland. He lives in Edinburgh with his family.