Gillian Easson is co-founding Director of Creative Dundee, which started life as a side project and has always been about connecting people with better opportunities. Gillian’s background is working with creative business start-ups, design innovation processes, and developing open source ways of working. Gillian was Development Manager with Nesta from 2006 – 2013 managing projects including: Starter for 6, Peer Mentoring, the Creative Enterprise Toolkit, an international train the trainer programme, a social enterprise programme for people leaving the workforce, and a Digital R&D Fund for the arts and culture sector. Gillian has worked with a number of national/international organisations to develop and share collective thinking on the value and role of clusters, hubs and networks.
Sam Gonçalves is a freelance Digital Producer at Creative Dundee, where he coordinates and produces our social media presence, website and and weekly content. Sam is originally from São Paulo, Brazil but has been living in Scotland for the last ten years. After finishing his undergraduate degree in Glasgow, he moved to Dundee where he worked at Hot Chocolate Trust and completed an MFA in Arts and Humanities at DJCAD. His freelance work is non-fiction and documentary-based, Sam is passionate about real stories and the profound impact they have. Some of that is expressed He is also the creator and host of Everything Mixtape, a local podcast of recommendations.
Claire Dufour is freelance Programmes Producer working part-time with Creative Dundee since June 2015. Claire coordinates the monthly free event Make/Share which brings people together to gain a behind the scenes insight into the work of people from a mix of creative, science, social and technology backgrounds. alongside other exciting projects such as Fabric Dundee which brought people together to strategically develop the future of the creative sector in the city, and Boost by Design which supported 13 Dundee’s social enterprises in developing their understanding of service design, digital innovation and community building. Claire graduated from a Master in Public Management of Arts/Culture Organisations and Events, back in 2011. Since moving to Dundee, Claire has quickly integrated into the city’s creative scene and started her own projects. As a freelance creative producer, Claire runs two creative engagement programmes in Dundee: Hatch which brings people together to create and present short pieces of emergent performing arts; and Dundee Wearable Art which challenges artists, designers and makers in creating works of art using the body as a canvas of creativity.
Meet Our Board
Creative Dundee is very grateful for the support, skills and expertise of our voluntary Board who meet with Gillian on a quarterly basis. We know we’re not as diverse as we could be, and we’re working to remedy that, if you think you can help please get in touch.
Gill Donoghue (Board Chair) has over 20 years of work in the Charity / Voluntary Sector as operational manager, dealing with a range of services including housing and property management, social care, volunteering, community engagement and more recently in strategic and business planning. She is interested in the impact of design on communities and in promoting and enhancing health and wellbeing.
Gill is currently developing ‘enterprising activities’ that can deliver social and economic benefits to communities across a range of services – initiatives that deliver effective partnerships and innovative projects to improve the quality of life across communities. Gill brings experience of regulatory requirements and good governance in the third sector. Find Gill on Linkedin.
Claire Dow (Chair 2016 – 2017) is a Creative Producer based in Dundee. Her favourite events combine people and shared experiences.
She is responsible for bringing Olivier’s Grossetete’s People’s Tower to Dundee in May 2016 to recreate the Royal Arch out of cardboard. Other current projects include producing the Autumn 2016 tour of The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black, Black, Oil for Dundee Rep Theatre; and Artistic Director Maternity cover with Stellar Quines Theatre.
Ian Abbott currently resides on the edge of a lagoon in Montrose, and embarks on adventures with artists, writers and choreographers. Ian WLTM people who want to: play, make minds swoon, ask questions and want to effect change.
Heather Cassidy is a theatre maker, facilitator and arts engagement specialist working in youth, education and community contexts. She trained at both the University of Glasgow and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and has worked with mums and babies of a few weeks old up to first time performers at the grand age of 76, in over 600 schools and in every area of Scotland apart from the Western Isles. She is passionate about open access to the arts and working inclusively and so her work is often about developing confidence, imagination, self-belief, respect and ambition.
Richard Meiklejohn is the Managing Director of MAJR Group who are an innovative asset management company based in Dundee with key focuses around social and environmental goals. Richard is passionate about the continued economic resurgence of his home city and ensuring that entrepreneurs and local businesses have the best support to ensure they succeed.
Richard is a Chartered Surveyor and member of a number of key local and national steering groups shaping economic, energy and property strategy. His key areas of focus are business development, property, energy and social enterprise. Find Richard on Linkedin and Twitter.