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Thursday 16th June 2022

New Foundations for Creative Recovery, Renewal and Resilience

10am - 11am

Leaders across the private, public and third sectors assess how the cultural shocks of brexit and covid have changed the landscape in the creative economy. These once in a generation events have resulted in previous unimaginable impacts but while not unscathed creative sectors have survived. The panel will explore where new foundations must be laid in the creative economy for renewal, recovery and resilience in preparation for future shocks.


    Clive Gillman
    Director of Creative Industries for Creative Scotland

    Clive Gillman works as the Director of Creative Industries for Creative Scotland, the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland. Clive has a background in contemporary art, design and media, having worked as an artist exhibiting internationally and across the UK. He was previously Associate Director of FACT in Liverpool, before becoming the Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts from 2005-2015.

    Penelope Cooper
    Chartered Manager, FMCI, MBA, BA Hons (1st class)

    Born in Wales, Penelope has lived and worked in England, Scotland, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

    Penelope’s early career was as a Registered Nurse in the NHS. After having a family she changed careers to the private Financial Sector, where she gained experience in Organisational Development, Programme and Change Management before moving into Operations Management. She has considerable experience of managing customer-facing operations through significant organisational and cultural change; introducing digital technology to improve efficiency and quality of service.

    Penelope spent 3 years working in Brussels as the Regional Director for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, supporting members across Europe to deliver activities and programmes to support leadership and advocacy to girls and young women.

    Penelope moved back to Scotland in 2017 to join the Scottish Government as the Chief Executive of the Scottish Public Pensions Agency based in Tweedbank. She moved into the central Scottish Government in 2020 to lead the response to the Covid 19 pandemic as Director of Covid Coordination. Her current role is Director of Culture and Major Events, a role that is both stimulating and challenging in the post-Covid era as the sector begins to recover.

    She is proud to volunteer and support the Wise Group as a Non-Executive Director.

    Ray Black
    Founder, Craft Management / XpoNorth Music Sector Specialist

    Ray Black is founder of management company Craft Management which represents Kathryn Joseph, Mogwai, The Twilight Sad, Stillhound and producer Paul Savage. Ray has experience of working across independent and major label campaigns supporting and guiding artists to develop their careers worldwide. Ray is also XpoNorth’s Music Sector Specialist.

    Lisa Whytock
    Director of Active Events

    Lisa is the Director of Active Events an international agency and event management company. Artists represented include Breabach, Elephant Sessions and Yorkston, Thorne, Ghatak. They also manage Showcase Scotland at Celtic Connections and Showcase Scotland Expo, both supported by Creative Scotland and the Prs Foundation and is centred around furthering the international live opportunities for Scottish based artists. They also initiated and delivered Scotland on Tour, which is supported by the Scottish Government and is providing new performance opportunities for Scottish based artists around Scotland, both supporting artists and communities with cultural recovery following the pandemic.

    Iain Hamilton
    Head of Creative Industries for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)

    Iain Hamilton is Head of Creative Industries for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland. His role is to develop and deliver support to creative businesses and entrepreneurs in the region. He established HIE’s specialist support programme for the sector, and is also, co-founder of Scotland’s leading creative industries conference – XpoNorth. This approach has given the agency a much deeper reach into the sector and provides network and market access, mentoring, advice, training and direct work opportunities. The programme is very much focussed on bringing people with different backgrounds together to develop new ideas and ways of working. Iain has also acted as an advisor on national and international projects, including a particularly memorable trip to Albania.

    Prior to working for HIE, Iain had a varied career ranging from forklift driver to copywriter and teaching drama to first years at university and in a particularly weak moment even made an ill-fated start at accountancy exams. Incompetence and a conversation with Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains convinced him that was a bad idea before too much damage was done! What did stick however was traditional music and this is the main part of his background, playing solo and in bands, at festivals, for TV and once even for Swedish anarchists! This led to him taking on the role of Music Industry Co-ordinator for Highlands and Islands Arts (the music rather than the Swedish anarchists). Iain has a real passion for culture, creativity, heritage and the idea of North, and has an MLit in Highlands and Islands Literature from the University of the Highlands and Islands.


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