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Our leadership team

Fiona Doring, Chief Executive Director

Fiona Doring is Chief Executive Director of Impact Arts, whose mission is to tackle inequalities in Scotland through creative engagement. Winning The Scottish Women’s Award for contribution to Arts & Culture in 2019, Fiona has led Impact Arts through a significant period of growth, to the point where the organisation engages with over 5000 people and employs up to 100 creatives each year.

Impact Arts’ work impacts upon many sectors including health & wellbeing, employability, education, housing and the environment. Fiona is passionate about the transformative impact of creativity across society and about bringing a parity of esteem between creativity and the arts and social change across all of Impact Arts’ work.

Holding an MA and MFA in Fine Art from Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art, Fiona began her career as a practising artist and worked in arts education before moving to Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen as Project Curator. It was here that she realised the power of art to engage with people and communities in a meaningful and life changing way.

Fiona is also a Trustee of Scottish Contemporary Art Network and a partner member of Artworks Alliance.


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.


Sam Eccles, Deputy Director of Development

Sam joined Impact Arts in 2019 having returned to Glasgow after 9 years in the Highlands where she was Development Director of The Touring Network, working with 80 rural promoters and supporting the touring of professional music, theatre and Dance. Most recently, she enjoyed bring a Director in the consultancy firm as well as member of the team behind the digital development tool whilst also working part-time Enterprise & Entrepreneur lecturer at the University of Highlands & Islands.

Sam studied at the Scottish College of Textiles in the mid 90’s expecting to pursue a career as a Children’s clothing-wear buyer. Instead she found myself campaigning for change at the College and becoming its first female Student President. After college she took-up a post establishing the rural volunteer centre in Clydesdale whilst gaining a masters in Marketing. Following this, she worked as marketing office for the Human Rights Trust; set up an Older People’s Advocacy Service; enjoyed rolling out the financial inclusion agenda in South Lanarkshire; became a mother whilst working for CEiS before heading North.


Caroline McGhee, Head of Operations

Caroline started her career as a nurse, specialising in Cardiology. After several years, and after becoming increasingly interested in the Welfare to Work sector, she had a career change and began working for a training provider in Lanarkshire, contributing to the successful delivery of several employment and training initiatives. Following a rewarding period of front line delivery, she carried out various senior management positions within several organisations, implementing and delivering notable projects such as the Youth Employment Initiative and Fair Start Scotland.

Passionate about tackling inequalities and creating opportunities for all, Caroline joined Impact Arts in August 2019 and has recently taken on the newly created role of Head of Operations. Caroline supports the development and delivery of Impact Arts portfolio of programmes, using her experience of delivering large scale, multi-funded projects to support the team in achieving the best possible outcomes for our participants and funders.

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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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