Gillian Easson is co-founding Director of Creative Dundee, which she started as a blog in 2008 and has always been about connecting people with better opportunities. Formerly with Nesta for 7 years, Gillian ran a range of training, mentoring and grant programmes supporting early stage creative industries and tech businesses across the UK and internationally; and also led a digital innovation fund for the arts in Scotland. With a background in design and innovation processes, she’s used this to improve access to education, employability and enterprise, and has worked with a number of international partners to develop and share collective thinking on the value and role of creative clusters. In 2017, Gillian was selected to join Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s inaugural Cultural Leadership Programme as the only non-Canadian representative, and was also named in Creative Review’s The Creative Leaders 50 – 2018, which acknowledges 50 people driving change within the creative industries.
Sam Gonçalves is a Digital Producer at Creative Dundee, where he coordinates and produces our social media presence, website and original content. Sam is originally from São Paulo, Brazil but has been living in Scotland for the last eleven years. After finishing his undergraduate degree in Glasgow, he moved to Dundee where he worked at Hot Chocolate Trust and completed an MFA at DJCAD. His freelance work is non-fiction and documentary-based. Sam is interested in stories, conversations and Aretha Franklin. He is also a co-creator of The Beans Podcast, a local storytelling show.
Claire Dufour is Programmes Producer with Creative Dundee since June 2015, where she develops and coordinates various projects and events, including Fabric, a creative leadership programme for the city, which aims to build a collective intelligence for Dundee’s thriving creative sector, alongside other exciting projects such as Dundee Soup, a social event supporting creative projects to benefit Dundee’s communities and creating new connections in the city, and Boost by Design which supported local 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, and she’s passionate about people, collaborative working and Dundee!
Andy Truscott is Creative Dundee’s Team Administrator, where he is responsible for undertaking general and financial administration duties to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the organisation, supporting our Amps initiative and offering event support. Andy was most recently part of the UNESCO City of Design Dundee/Place Partnership team where he helped deliver the Dundee Design Festival and was the lead on many of the Place Partnership music projects, including the Sound of Dundee initiative. Andy is passionate about music and records and releases ambient, electronic music under the moniker Kinbrae and has also done various commissions as well as soundtrack work for TV.
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.
Maryam Deeni is a final year business management student at Abertay University. She has been involved in the 3rd sector for almost a decade, working with community organisations such as YYI and the Dundee Youth Council. In 2013 at 16 years old, she co-founded a youth-led initiative, Ramadan Project, to help tackle social and economic inequalities in Dundee and abroad by supporting projects which are at the forefront of these issues during the holy month of Ramadan. Maryam is currently a member of V&A Dundee’s Young People’s Collective, a group proactive in the decision making affecting young people and their engagement with the museum. This stems from her deep interest in Art & Design – with her exploration into her Hausa culture reflecting in recent works.
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.
Chris Trewartha is the Publishing Manager at YoYo Games, the Dundee based developers of GameMaker.
As a programmer, Chris worked on some of the best-loved franchises in video games, including Wipeout, Motorstorm, and SingStar. He managed the engineering team on the Xbox One launch title Ryse: Son of Rome, a title renowned for its technical virtues (and gameplay sins). He returned to Dundee to develop mobile games, before moving to YoYo in 2017.
Claire D’All is an active campaigner and disability activist to bring about a change in accessibility and overall diminish the publics negative view on people like her living with a disability. She shares her views on all the above aspects in her blog A Journey In My Wheels which you can also follow on Facebook and @clairedall. As well as her blog she is also a Dundee Ambassador for the Euan’s Guide where she writes reviews on positive places in Dundee and beyond in regards to their accessibility.
Suzanne Kerr is a manager with Henderson Loggie Chartered Accountants, who have a particular specialism in working with creative, digital and interactive media businesses as well as charities and not for profit organisations.
Suzanne was born and educated in Dundee and is interested in how creativity and design can enhance the lives of those living and working in Dundee. Suzanne supports local communities and is a committee member for a local not for profit breakdance organisation, B Bairns. She was also previously a Trustee for a local out-of-school club charity.
Suzanne has over 20 years’ experience in accounting and audit and specialises in charities as part of her current role. Find Suzanne on LinkedIn.
Thanks to all former team/Board members who have been a big part of Creative Dundee’s journey, including:
Former Team members:
Diarmid Mackinnon, Marsali Miller, Perrine Mercenier and Ross Crawford.
Former Directors on our Board:
Richard Meiklejohn, Piers Duplock, Ed Broughton, and Creative Dundee co-founder, Lyall Bruce.