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Our board

Tony McElroy


Tony is Head of Devolved Government Relations and Communications at Tesco PLC. He is responsible for policy engagement across customer and business critical issues in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, previously working in Scotland then London in politics and consultancy. Tony was appointed Chair in 2015 and is accountable, with the Board, for governance challenge, advice and support, particularly to the Director.

Tony is a Committee Member of Glasgow and West of Scotland Institute of Directors and is Vice Chair of the Scottish Retail Consortium. He leverages his business relationships and his own expertise in policy and communications to add value to the work of Impact Arts.


Yvonne Finlayson


Yvonne is Business Development Leader at Ernst & Young. Prior to her Business Development role she was a management consultant, and has also held senior roles in the public and private sectors.

Yvonne brings marketing and business development skills to the board. She has worked with us to date in reviewing our programmes and has provided input on stakeholder management.


Brian Martin

Brian is currently a Director of European Development Innovation Network and was previously Head of Employability and Skills at City of Edinburgh Council.

He joined Impact Arts as a Trustee in August 2016 and brings significant skills and experience in employability strategy, funding and policy areas. Brian’s experience in local and national government is beneficial to the work of Impact Arts across many council areas in Scotland and his strategic input to Impact Arts’ employability work with young people has been significant. Living in East Scotland, Brian is also a strong connector to our work in Edinburgh and the Lothians.


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.


Patrick Murphy

Pat is currently an Inspector with Police Scotland and seconded to One Glasgow Reducing Offending, a Glasgow City Council initiative created to address the needs of young people engaged in offending behaviour.

As Manager of this multi-agency partnership, Pat works across statutory and third sector bodies, working with them to reduce re-offending by Glasgow’s young people. Key to his role is the development of partnerships and contribution to the ongoing redesign of Community Justice.

Pat joined the Board in August 2016 and provides the Board and Leadership Team with unique insight to developments in the justice area, particularly Impact Arts' response to diversion and early intervention.


Simon Montador

Simon has a degree in Biological Science and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He is Director of Olcadan Consulting Ltd (freelance consultancy) and Partner in Kirklandbank Enterprises.

He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked for ten years, before moving to BSkyB where he held a number of posts including Director of Strategic Delivery. His experience includes business transformation, change management, management consultancy and programme management.


Tessa Quinn

Tessa is a digital engagement specialist providing advice and support to cultural and third sector organisations, large and small, on effectively harnessing digital technologies to deliver business objectives. She was previously Head of Digital at the National Galleries of Scotland where she directed digital strategy, programme management and award-winning visitor experience.

Tessa graduated from the University of Glasgow and spent her early career working in the Employment Service, before joining the British Film Institute.



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.

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