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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.


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, Head of Delivery

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 ageing 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.

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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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