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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.


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.



Marion Allison

Bio coming soon.






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.


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.


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