Creative Dundee

Meet our team

Gillian Easson

Director

Gillian Easson is Director with Creative Dundee, where she designs a diverse portfolio of projects in collaboration with the team, and leads strategic partnerships which support the sustainability of creative communities. Gillian has grown Creative Dundee from the ground up since starting it as a blog in 2008, by catalysing opportunities for people and their place.

With a background in design and innovation, she has used this to improve access routes to education, employment and enterprise. Gillian has worked extensively internationally, sharing strategies and practical tools which value the broader impacts of creative clusters and networked approaches. Equally happy facilitating workshops, or navigating complex multi-partner projects, she is a fan of the messiness, embracing open and collective ways of working, to find the ultimate murmuration.

Claire Dufour

Creative Climate Producer

Claire Dufour has joined Creative Dundee’s team in 2015 as Programmes Producer, and developed/run various projects, including Fabric, a creative leadership programme for the city, and Ampersand+, a peer-to-peer support project to share your experience, skills and ideas with others.

Passionate about people, collaborative working and placemaking, she’s dedicated to provide safe, inclusive and brave spaces to learn from each other and imagine/shape a better future together.

Claire has now embarked on a new role to develop/deliver CULTIVATE, a new regional programme supported through Creative Scotland’s Culture Collective initiative, and focused on improving social/climate justice for local communities through creativity and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Laura McSorley

Digital Engagement Producer

Laura is a curator and producer originally from the Black Isle but after spending a decade living in Dundee now calls the city home. 

Since graduating from DJCAD she has been part of the GENERATORprojects committee collaboratively programming and producing exhibitions that provide a congenial environment where early career artists can flourish. Dedicated to celebrating the creative cultural sector in Dundee, Laura aims to foster energies that are collaborative, contagious and inclusive across a multitude of creative practices.  

Personally, Laura is interested in projects that encourage anti-capitalist ways of being, a flattening of hierarchies and value community and connection above all else. She is always up for a bit of collaboration, meeting new people and would show up to the opening of an envelope. 

Andy Truscott

Team Administrator

Andy 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.

Photo by Julie Howden

Jen Collins

Programmes Producer

Jen is Programmes Producer for Creative Dundee, coordinating and facilitating projects and events for our community and the wider city—including finding ways to build, profile and engage with our wonderful Amps network.

Since graduating from DJCAD, Jen has accompanied working as a freelance illustrator with an array of roles for cultural collectives and organisations. Her love of collaborating with others and fostering curiosity in creativity has taken her to Glasgow, Toronto and then back to Dundee – where she’s grateful to have had many chances to create, learn and grow.

Steph Liddle

Digital Content Freelancer

Steph is a Ceramics Designer/Maker and all round lover of making things. She moved to Dundee to study at DJCAD, graduating with a degree in Illustration in 2012. She never thought that she would end up staying in Dundee permanently, but the city and its communities definitely captured her heart and she’s very proud to call Dundee home.

When she’s not up to her elbows in clay, Steph has worked with cultural organisations across the city, helped set up the Dundee Ceramics Workshop, and (when there’s not a worldwide pandemic) teaches ceramic classes and workshops to the public to share some of the skills she’s learned along the way.

She loves pattern, a good strong shadow, food, and silliness – all things that filter through to her practice, and everything else she does.

Susie Buchan

Insights Digital Content Freelancer

Susie is the Insights Digital Content Freelancer for Creative Dundee, where she produces digital content that amplifies and connects those working in the local video games industry with the broader creative industries in the city. 

Susie was most recently part of the Weave by Abertay team where she worked on creating a programme of events, workshops and exhibitions sharing local and global creativity in art, design and games. Now a freelance creative producer, she produces and curates online games events and digital projects, individually and as a member of Biome Collective. She’s passionate about cross-disciplinary collaborations and fostering supportive communities. In her free time she has fun failing to get better at video games.

Meet our Board

Creative Dundee is very grateful for the support, skills and expertise of our voluntary Board who meet 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 year experience leading and managing a wide range of services in the Charity / Voluntary sector with skills and knowledge covering housing and property management, social care, volunteering and community engagement activities.

She is particularly interested in the impact of design and digital transformation on the way services are delivered, putting people at the heart of what we do and can achieve. Gill’s current role involves both strategic and business planning – looking at ways to innovate, drive improvements and redesign services to deliver the best outcomes for people and their communities.  Gill also brings experience of regulatory requirements and good governance in the third sector.

Claire Dow (Chair 2016 – 2017)

Is Principal Events Officer for Dundee City Council, leading the events team in City Development. The team deliver key council events including Fireworks Displays and Christmas Light Nights, as well as welcoming and facilitating event organisers who use Dundee’s parks and public spaces.

As Creative Producer, her favourite events combine people and shared experiences. She was responsible for bringing Olivier Grossetete’s The People’s Tower to Dundee in May 2016 to recreate the Royal Arch in cardboard. As a theatre producer working highlights include the 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 Company. 

Working with Lisa Baxter of the Experience Business, she co-authored the Review of Touring Theatre and Dance for Creative Scotland in 2017. Consultancy includes Creative Scotland’s Artistic and Creative Review Framework and the British Council Scotland’s Momentum as part of the Clore Leadership Programme Fellowship 2014/15.

Maryam Deeni

Is a business management graduate from Abertay University. She has been involved in the third sector for almost a decade, working with community organisations such as Yusuf Youth Initiative and 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.

Pete Thomas

Is a designer, researcher and artist. His work is characterised by insight, clarity and simplicity. Recent projects have invited people to share their thoughts, feelings and hopes for the future. He has written for Digital Arts, Grafik and Creative Review and has worked with, exhibited and presented his work in institutions around the world including the Barbican, the Design Museum, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, SXSW, La Triennale di Milano, Ventura Lambrate and the Victoria and Albert Museum. 

In 1998 he co-founded the design consultancy Uniform and in 2014 he established the creative studio Tom Pigeon with his wife Kirsty. He has taught in arts institutions across the UK.

Claire D’All

Is an active campaigner and disability activist to bring about a change in accessibility and overall diminish the public’s 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 Twitter.

Claire 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.

Rachel Williamson

A solicitor with Thorntons Law LLP, who work with local businesses as well as charities and not for profit organisations throughout Scotland. She advises both businesses and public sector organisations on commercial and regulatory matters and brings experience in good corporate governance.

Rachel was born in Dundee and, after spending time in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, returned to Dundee in 2019 to live and work. Rachel is interested in how the arts and creative industries can enhance the local community and, in turn, how the community in Dundee can support creatives to flourish in the city. Rachel has experience volunteering in the third sector through a number of organisations, including the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, the Scottish Child Law Centre, and the Refugee Community Kitchen.

Thank you to all former team/board members who have been a big part of Creative Dundee’s journey, including:

Former Team members:
Sam Gonçalves, Lori Anderson, Katja Steel Kusáková, Andrew McDiarmid, Diarmid Mackinnon, Marsali Miller, Perrine Mercenier and Ross Crawford.

Former Directors on our Board:
Chris Trewartha, Suzanne Kerr, Heather Cassidy, Ian Abbott, Richard Meiklejohn, Piers Duplock, Ed Broughton, and Creative Dundee co-founder, Lyall Bruce.

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