ABOUT ME

ROLES & EXPERIENCE:

Senior arts leadership

  • Operations Director, Macrobert Arts Centre. 2017- present.

  • Director (Interim) Voluntary Arts Scotland. 2017 - 2018.

These senior arts management roles demonstrate an ability to deliver work to a high standard, think strategically, manage large-scale projects and work effectively with national-level sector development bodies. 

Funding and Grant-making

  • Trustee, Impact Funding Partners (formerly Voluntary Action Fund). 2019 - present.

  • Grants Assessor, Foundation Scotland. 2016 - present.

  • Development Manager, Macrobert Arts Centre. 2015 - 2018. 

  • Funding and Communications Manager, Venture Trust. 2009 - 2014. 

These fundraising, grant assessment and grantmaking roles illustrate experience in mapping project activity to wider strategic aims and objectives. Roles involve working both with grassroots community organisations and with strategic partners, demonstrating an ability to understand the needs of a range of stakeholders, and to tailor approaches appropriately.

Community Development

  • Founder, Stirling Soup. 2016 - 2018.

Finalist: Celebrating Communities at the Scottish Charity Awards, 2017.

  • Maker and Ambassador, Fun Palaces. 2017 - present.

  • Maker and Ambassador, Big Lunch. 2016 - present.

Community-based voluntary roles demonstrate a deep and personal commitment to community led activity, and an appreciation of the support that helps realise and sustain such initiatives. 

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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