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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.


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.


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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