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.
Diarmid Mackinnon is freelance Digital Producer with Creative Dundee and joined the team on a part-time basis in August 2015. Graduating with a BA (Hons) in Communication, Advertising & Public Relations from Edinburgh Napier University in 2016, Diarmid’s background is in Public Relations and digital communication. He previously worked at Genuine PR, a consumer and luxury PR consultancy in Glasgow which specialised in fashion, music and drinks communications. Whilst working there, he was able to learn the ropes and assisted at a number of different events ranging from fashion to music. Diarmid has a keen interest in digital and has previously donated his time to assist NEoN Digital Arts Festival, working primarily on the marketing and communication for the festival.
Claire Dufour is freelance Programmes Producer working part-time with Creative Dundee since June 2015. Claire coordinates the monthly free event Make/Share, alongside other exciting projects such as Fabric Dundee which brings people together to strategically develop the future of the creative sector in the city. 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 bi-monthly 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.
Claire Dow (Board Chair) 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.
Ed Broughton is a film maker based in Dundee at Fleet Collective. His company Bonnie Brae Productions has been producing a wide range of video over the last six years, mainly in the arts, social care and education sectors. He also operates Stream Scotland which provides multi cam live event streaming and has been increasingly moving into arts project management.
Ed is currently working on Hatch, which focuses on emergent performing arts and aims to brings together parts of Dundee’s arts community in collaboration and to act as a platform for wider engagement. Find Ed on Linkedin and Twitter.
Gill Donoghue 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.
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.