Creative Dundee

Meet our Team

Gillian Easson

Director

Gillian 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 joined Creative Dundee’s team in 2015 as Programmes Producer, and developed/ran 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 Producer

Andy is Creative Dundee’s Team Producer, 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 supporting the development and delivery of the CULTIVATE programme.

Andy is also a sound artist and records and releases ambient, electronic music under the moniker Kinbrae. He has also done commissions for the Dundee Design Festival 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.

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)

Gill has over 25 years of 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.

Maryam Deeni

Maryam is creative at heart with a keen interest in community development and utilising the business sector to source out innovative solutions and societal progression. Maryam advocates for young people and supporting initiatives which drive their growth! From working alongside organisations across private, public and voluntary sectors. 

Curator for the digital series “Design in the Diaspora: Scottish Creatives’ Impact on Culture” Maryam hopes to see this project inspire the next generation to have creative agency over their work and take hold of the narrative of the Creative Industries.

Rachel Williamson

Rachel is a lawyer, currently working in the renewable energy sector as Legal Counsel for a developer of renewable energy projects, headquartered in Scotland.

She is focussed on supporting growth across the renewable energy industry and helping to generate a sustainable, low carbon future both locally and globally. She is passionate about the important role that creative practitioners and local communities can play in strengthening the climate justice movement. 

Rachel brings knowledge in good corporate governance and has experience volunteering in the third sector through a number of organisations, including Citizens’ Advice Bureau, the Scottish Child Law Centre, and the Refugee Community Kitchen.

Sorcha Pringle

Sorcha is a musician, composer and disabled activist based in Dundee. Her work includes delivering accessible music workshops and advocates for equal access to musical and creative experiences for all.  

Recently Sorcha’s artistic practice has become more intrinsically linked with activism and she expresses this through poetry and song. Sorcha is founder of the small business Springboard Creative Arts, which supports and champions young aspiring disabled musicians, and offers a support network for disabled women working in the arts in Scotland. 

Springboard Creative Arts also designs and delivers workshops and materials to facilitate global citizenship and climate justice education through the creative arts. 

Sorcha’s latest project, Transforming the Narrative, commissioned by Touretteshero, is a creative expression of the experiences of disabled people during the pandemic. You can also find Sorcha drinking good coffee or on walks with her dog.

Richard Neville

Richard is a journalist with extensive experience in the Scottish media. He is currently the Head of Newspapers for DC Thomson Media, overseeing The Courier and The Evening Telegraph in Dundee and The Press and Journal and The Evening Express in Aberdeen as well as The Sunday Post. He previously edited both The Courier and The Press and Journal.

He is the architect of DC Thomson Media’s news brand transformation programme, Apollo, which is delivering a wholesale change to a reader revenue model based on creating compelling content for print and digital in a new data-informed newsroom using new and innovative storytelling.

Richard is passionate about helping to drive change in Dundee, and devised and launched the successful Courier Business Awards to help celebrate success across the region.

Previously Richard was Editor of Business a.m., the critically acclaimed Scottish daily business and political newspaper that closed in 2003. He has also been Deputy Editor of The Scotsman and worked as a reporter for The Daily Record and Edinburgh Evening News and ran the newsdesk of the York Evening Press.

Richard is also a member of the Fundraising Board of the Maggie’s Centre in Dundee.

Anzal Baig

Anzal is a trainee lawyer currently completing her seat in business law. She is passionate about the creative industries and the role of art in the wellbeing of communities.

She also works to design games for social good and is currently working with UNESCO MGIEP on making video games for peace and sustainability. This is an intersectional project between game designers, practitioners working in preventing violent extremism and experts in social and emotional learning to leverage video games for peace efforts. She also previously won the Lawyers Without Borders Innovation Challenge by making a game to help teach prosecutors about evidentiary objections. The game is being developed for use in their Counter Terrorism Institute in Nairobi, Kenya.

She has also previously worked in the third sector with ESU Scotland, a charity working to bridge the poverty related attainment gap. There she helped design resources and activities to help incorporate critical thinking and debate in the classroom.

Dave Close

Dave has more than 25 years’ experience of youth and community work in England and Scotland and has been Executive Director of Hot Chocolate Trust in Dundee since 2013. 

He is committed to fully human, collaborative approaches that meet the complex challenges of marginalisation and inequity: positive cycles of encounter and collaboration make change happen. 

He is also currently a trustee with A Place in Childhood, and attends St Paul’s Cathedral in Dundee.

Louise Dickson

Louise is Exhibitions Assistant at V&A Dundee, supporting in the realisation and delivery of exhibitions and programme at Scotland’s design museum. After graduating from DJCAD in 2019, she joined V&A Dundee’s Young People’s Collective; a group of young people from across the city co-designing the young people and families programme, ensuring voices of young people are heard across the museum.

Louise is an advocate for the accessibility of creativity, taking active steps to ensure we can all see ourselves represented in our cultural spaces. She is interested in the use of design as a tool for positive change, most recently co-curating V&A Dundee’s Now Accepting Contactless: Design in a Global Pandemic, imagining our future post-pandemic. She has also featured in panellist discussions on design as a tool in the emergence of the COVID pandemic; including alongside curator of The Museum of Modern Art, Paola Antonelli.

Jason Nelson

Jason’s art practice over the last 15 years has explored the production of work through socially engaged and collaborative processes. He often works directly within communities exploring notions of culture, co-production, collective ownership and stewardship.  Jason is interested in how activity can empower and enable expression and action.  His work is often a response to context and exists as a result of direct engagement with people, their environments and their relationship to it.  Regardless of the scale of the project the underpinning concepts that drive his work are notions of learning, social structure and ideas of identity, community, ownership and agency. 

Jason has extensive experience at working for and with a wide range of organisations and partners managing and delivering projects of varying scale and complexity in a variety of contexts. Through his work Jason is exploring how to connect local significance with global relevance – how the local, through international partnership can find synergy and impact on the global. 

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

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

Former Directors on our Board:
Claire Dow, Pete Thomas, Claire D’All, 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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