ABOUT ME

ROLES & EXPERIENCE:

Freelance Portfolio                              

 

Arts Council England: Case studies commission                

Research and write a series of case studies to tell the story and themes of the Creative People and Places programme, and specifically its response to the Covid19 crisis, in an honest and engaging way.

 

David Hume Institute: Project management 

An independent think tank, committed to objective, evidence-based research and analysis about the economy and connected public policy challenges. Providing project management to a study aiming to identify the actions which can enable Scotland to achieve a prosperous, sustainable, inclusive and fair future. 

 

Cultured Mongrel Dance Theatre: Company Manager

Supporting the strategic development of the organisation, strengthening the overall capacity of the team, capturing and refining impact and developing effective working methods.

 

Event speaker and workshop facilitator

Recent and forthcoming events include Creative Scotland (‘From Participation to Co-Creation’), Creative Entrepreneurs Club (‘Cracking on and getting shit done’) and SHIFT - Summer School collaboration between The Glasgow School of Art , the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Queen Margaret University (‘Planning for Action’).

 

Author: Innovation in Fundraising                                

Sole management of a two-year Creative Scotland-funded research project, bringing together expertise and learning from across the sector for the benefit of all. Report available online here.

Employment highlights

 

  • Macrobert Arts Centre: Operations Director ( 2018 – 2020), Development Manager (2015 – 2017)

  • Voluntary Arts Scotland: Director (2017 - 2018)

  • Clore Social Fellow (2017)

  • Venture Trust: Funding and Communications Manager (2010 – 2014)

Volunteer and community projects

 

  • Impact Funding Partners: Board Member

  • Stirling Soup: Founder

  • Fun Palaces: Ambassador and Maker

  • Big Lunch: Host

WHAT PEOPLE SAY:

“The intelligence, analytical ability and strategic clarity Kathryn has demonstrated, combined with her realistic, pragmatic approach, has achieved a huge amount in a very short space of time"

Robin Simpson, Chief Executive, Voluntary Arts

“I can’t really thank you enough for the way you approached the culture strategy work. It’s been a major part of our thinking and the way you managed it all – from tone to logistics – was impressive”.

Leonie Bell, Head of Culture Strategy and Cultural Engagement, Scottish Government. 

"I have had the pleasure of working with Kathryn over the last year developing a project to help integrate veterans back into their communities using the medium of the performing Arts.  I have found Kathryn to be inspirational, visionary and selfless in her approach.  Always looking for new ideas, it has been refreshing to see someone embrace a group of people who needed help.  Her attention to detail and formidable drive and determination has made the process very successful".

Charles Wallace, Scottish Veterans Commissioner

"Kathryn is an absolutely amazing facilitator! She ran an online session for our Arts Play Health group and she had so much energy, passion, and knowledge"

Katey Warran, Coordinator for the Arts Health Early Career Research Network

"Something special happens when Kathryn is in the room. Usually this includes her innate ability to bring people together in a considered and generous way, to build action through exchange, collaboration and consensus. She has nurtured her style of leadership to create space for diverse perspectives, new and sometimes challenging ideas, and is then able to channel these into organised and coordinated actions and projects that are achievable as well as ambitious. Highly skilled facilitation skills, an inquiring and analytical mind and an ability to connect people are all evident when working with Kathryn. Kathryn is an ideal partner, colleague and/or collaborator for taking creative and community driven ideas forward into thoughtful and engaging projects that are inclusive, meaningful and memorable".

Kevin Harrison, Director - Artlink Central / Lead - Stirling Place Partnership / Chair - Our Connected Neighbourhoods.

"Thank you for an excellent session on volunteering - some great tips and learning we can share with those we work with".

Feedback from workshop at SCVO's The Gathering

"I came across your [Innovation in Fundraising] report and thought it was outstanding. The content was rich, it was beautifully presented and ideas just leapt off the page. If only all reports had the same zing!"

Fundraiser, Citizens' Advice Bureau

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