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Theresa Shearer


Theresa Shearer is chief executive officer (CEO) of ENABLE Scotland, the country’s largest charity dedicated to creating an equal society for every person who has a learning disability. She leads an organisation that employs 1,800 staff, turns over circa £32m a year, with 40 branches across Scotland and around 5,500 members.

A member of the Scottish Leaders Forum and a Trustee of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in 2017. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (CFCIPD), and was the first woman in Scotland to complete a Diploma in Corporate Direction via the Institute of Directors (Dip IoD) aged just 29.

Last year, Theresa was invited by SCVO and the Scottish Government to chair the Scottish Fundraising Working Group, leading a national consultation on fundraising regulation. The Cabinet Secretary accepted the recommendations of the group in July 2016, which led to the establishment of a new regulatory framework for fundraising in Scotland: the Independent Fundraising Standards & Adjudication Panel for Scotland. A full biography of Theresa can be found on the ENABLE Scotland website.


Professor Ken Neil


Ken is Deputy Director (Academic) at The Glasgow School of Art and joined the Impact Arts Board in August 2016. He has held significant academic roles in GSA and Gray’s School of Art and, among his many achievements, was a Trustee of the UK Association of Arts Historians, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. Read his bio on the GSA website.

Ken joins Impact Arts at a critical time in its development and brings significant governance and arts experience to the Board. He brings arts, academic and wider connections across Scotland’s creative and cultural environment and is a creative advisor to the Director.


Cath Denholm

With a background in public health and primary care management, Cath has been a director of NHS Health Scotland, Scotland’s national agency for health improvement and the reduction of health inequalities, since 2007. As Director of Strategy, Cath leads the organisation in the ongoing development and delivery of its corporate framework, A Fairer Healthier Scotland, which is explicitly based on the Right to Health and underpinned by a Human Rights Based Approach. She has been part of the Scottish National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP) collaboration since its inception in 2010 and co-convenes the Health and Social Care Action Group of SNAP alongside the Health and Social Care Alliance, a national third sector organisation. She is also Deputy Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage.


Colin McNab

Colin is Managing Director at Fore Digital and has over 30 years experience working for some of the UK’s largest design, marketing, research, project management, advertising, digital and experiential marketing companies.

He has an expansive range of skills which include strategic business planning, project management, targeted research, performance management, digital planning and strategy and above the line advertising. This has led to projects taking him all over Europe and also across the world from Hong Kong, China and India to the U.S.

He has a BA (Hons) in Business Management with Marketing with distinction and guest lectures in marketing and digital marketing at GCU, UWS and GCC. Colin already has existing trustee experience, which has proven beneficial to these the strategy and expansion of these organisations.


Colin Sharkey

Colin is a degree-qualified Chartered Accountant with more than twenty years' experience in UK and international contracting, ten of which have been as head of Finance for medium sized businesses.

Colin is skilled in strategic and tactical planning, operational management, corporate governance, contract review and management, system implementation, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, HR and IT. An effective, enthusiastic people manager, he uses collaborative style leadership to achieve tangible results and builds strong stakeholder relationships. This and his previous Trustee experience with HomeStart brings further senior level finance experience to the Impact Arts Board.


Loraine Strachan

Loraine is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours) degree from the University of the Free State in South Africa. She trained at Ernst and Young and has 18 years of post qualification experience in various industries and roles. Her last role in South Africa was with Menzies Aviation plc, a division of UK-listed John Menzies plc, as Senior Vice President for Africa and the Middle East.

Since moving to the UK, she held the interim position of Finance Director of a JV of Serco plc. Her experience includes HR, Employee Relations; commercial, legal and operational projects; M&A and business restructuring.


Dr Marion Allison

Marion is Head of the Community Learning and Development (CLD) Standards Council for Scotland, the professional body for people working and volunteering in youth work, adult learning and community development. She leads the organisation in all business area, working with a wide range of professionals from the public, voluntary and private sectors with partnership programmes across the UK and beyond.

Marion brings to Impact Arts over 20 years’ experience of working within CLD and Education, is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Trustee at Glasgow Kelvin College. She was worked all over Glasgow in various youth work roles before moving to South Lanarkshire Council where she managed two large youth centres. Most recently Marion completed her doctoral study into young people, enterprise and social capital at the University of Stirling.

Marion’s professional experience and expertise is invaluable to Impact Arts as we seek the reach the highest possible standards when harnessing the power of art and creativity for community education and development.


Dr Paola Pasino

Paola works for Glasgow City Council across a series of urban and economic regeneration projects, with a particular focus on sustainable communities, connectivity and active travel solutions, well-being and quality of life, resilience and mitigation, the low carbon transition and circular economy. Her interest has evolved from Architecture to new areas of service design, inclusive growth and digital transformation.

Paola’s academic research focuses on the relationship between urban form and quality of life, with a particular interest in health data analysis in relation to the built environment and social outcomes.


Rosa Hackett

Rosa is a Fine Art graduate from the Glasgow School of Art in the Painting and Printmaking department. Her art practice focuses on feminist approaches to textiles in art, and incorporates sculpture and craft media.

Since moving to Glasgow she has been involved in many projects and exhibitions, such as Last Futures, a collaborative exhibition and performance event at Tramway Gallery. She has previously worked as a student ambassador for the Glasgow School of Art, and has sat on the board of the GSA choir.

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