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Our leadership team

Fiona Doring, Director

Fiona was appointed Director in October 2016, having previously been Acting Director.

Holding an MA and MFA in Fine Arts from Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art, Fiona began her career as a practising artist, exhibiting her own work extensively, and working in Arts Education before moving to Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen as Project Curator. Here she developed her commitment to art as a powerful tool for change through working to engage contemporary artists with their communities.

Fiona is passionate about the parity of creativity and arts with social change, and drives artistic design and delivery across our four core themes.

Fiona is the lead relationship manager for our funding organisations and develops our key partnerships across Scotland.


Mairi McLaren, Head of Finance & Operations

Mairi joined Impact Arts in 1997 and heads the Finance, HR and Compliance functions for the organisation. She has seen the company grow from a turnover of £110,000 to £1.6 million during her career at Impact Arts.

Degree qualified from Strathclyde University Business School, Mairi is an instrumental part of the Leadership Team and works closely with Programme Managers and the team, ensuring that funding and compliance obligations are incorporated into the design and delivery of our flagship projects. Mairi leads our relationships with our professional suppliers and has been instrumental in the development of social enterprise activity.


Helen Cunningham, Head of Finance

Helen joined Impact Arts as Head of Finance in January 2017 as maternity cover.

Helen has worked with the charity sector for over 15 years, initially in accountancy practice, as an audit manager specialising in the charity sector, and more recently as the Head of Finance and Resources for the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability. She has also previously volunteered as Treasurer on the Board of a Glasgow-based charity, and as such brings a wide range of charity finance and governance experience to the leadership team.

Qualifying as a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) in 2003, Helen also holds an Honours Degree in Accountancy with Business Law from the University of Stirling.


Carrie Manning, Head of Development

Carrie joined Impact Arts as Head of Development in March 2017 having previously worked with The Prince’s Trust in a variety of fundraising role. As The Trust’s National Fundraising and Public Affairs Manager, Carrie gained significant experience in fundraising, relationship management and commercial business development.

As Head of Development, Carrie will contribute to the strategic leadership at Impact Arts and is responsible for income and strategic partnership development as well as marketing and communications.

With a BA (Hons) in Fashion and Business from Glasgow Caledonian University, Carrie is passionate about creativity and the arts and the positive impact they have in bringing people and communities together to transform lives.


Natalie McFadyen White, Senior Programme Manager

Natalie graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2002 and since then she has developed her role as an arts programme manager and consultant for a number of organisations including: The Lighthouse, Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), Moray Council, West Lothian Council and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).

Natalie supports the development of Impact Arts’ Flagship Programmes, focusing on community engagement and regeneration, creative aging and environmental regeneration. Using her experience in the public art and place making field, Natalie is passionate about worthwhile community consultation and creating positive environments for people to live and work in. Through Impact Arts, Natalie has supported a variety of artists, architects, builders and partner organisations to make community aspirations become a reality.


Rob Gallagher, Programme Manager

Rob has worked with Impact Arts since 2013 as a Programme Manager, and oversees the organisation’s projects for children and young people. Rob has 10 years' experience in Social Care and Third Sector Management, as well as ongoing practice and management roles in music, theatre and performing arts.

Through his personal and professional experiences, Rob believes strongly in the power the arts have to inspire and empower individuals from all walks of life, and understands the power of creative activity - be it visual art, dance, music or theatre - as an early and effective intervention for children and young people facing barriers or challenges in life. Through our various programmes, Rob is committed to ensuring that children and young people are offered opportunities to achieve, thrive, and build on their strengths to fulfil their potential.

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The team at Impact Arts work hard to secure over £1.5m of funding per year to provide life changing creative experiences for more than 5000 people.

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