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Jim Sweeney

Chair

Jim began his career in the Youth and Community Service of Lanark County in 1972 and qualified from Jordanhill in 1976 where he worked as a Community Education Officer. He became a Principal CE Officer in Ayr and Lanark Division’s of Strathclyde transferring to North Lanarkshire 1996. In 2006 he became the Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland the National Agency for Youth Work where he remained until his retiral at the end of 2018.

His achievements and involvement in national policy development and in creating an agency which was central to supporting both young people and the organisation’s who worked for them is well known and well documented. He was a key player in the development of a National Youth Work Strategy which is now in its third iteration and which enjoys cross party support.

In 2001 he completed a Master’s Degree at Strathclyde University. He is a graduate of the Pacific Institute’s Investors in Excellence Programme, a recipient of a Certificate of Merit from the IoD in 2015 and is a Life Fellow of YouthLink Scotland having received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. He received an MBE for services to Youth Work in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List in 2016.

His other commitments include being Chair of Motherwell FC Community Trust, Vice Chair of Young Scot and Scotland’s Learning Partnership and fund raising for Mary’s Meals.

 

Professor Ken Neil

Vice-Chair

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.

 

 

Gillian Gilmour

Gillian is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BA(Hons) in Accounting from Strathclyde University. Gillian is currently a senior manager within the assurance practice at Ernst & Young, working with a variety of clients. Gillian’s skillsets lie within her technical accounting abilities and focus on audit quality. In addition to being a trustee, Gillian is also a member of the finance committee. This is Gillian’s first trustee appointment.

 

 

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