Marketing and Fundraising Specialist based in Auchencairn
Tell us a little about what you do and why you love it?
I’m a fundraiser and marketing specialist based in Auchencairn, with expertise in the arts and festivals sector. I work on a freelance basis which means I have the flexibility to work with the people and projects I’m passionate about. I love working with artists, writers and musicians whose brains work in a completely different way to mine and I really enjoy working on the things that help creative people make big things happen.
What makes Dumfries and Galloway special to you?
Dumfries and Galloway is special to me for so many reasons. I’m relatively new to the area, having moved from Edinburgh in December 2013. I look out of my window in the morning and have to pinch myself – I’m not on holiday; I get to look at that view every day. I love the rich mix of exhibitions, concerts, festivals and fairs that take place all year and I love the warm welcome I’ve received since moving here.
Are you involved in other arts and cultural activities?
I’m an enthusiastic audience member/visitor/festival goer whenever there’s something going on. I also play in a funk band called Roots Cahoot.
What projects are you involved in right now?
I’m working on marketing some of Wigtown Festival Company’s year-round activities, as well as some smaller projects in different parts of the region.
Hopes, ambitions or plans for 2017?
This is my first year of being fully self-employed so I am looking forward to building up my business.
Have you always been in this role – or have you/do you do anything else?
Before I moved to D&G, I worked in the university sector for seven years in fundraising, alumni relations and events management. I am also a qualified life coach and I am working on building up that side of my business, too.
If we asked a friend to tell us something surprising about you, what would they say?
I play the trombone (and have more enthusiasm than talent!).