Co-owner DGWGO and based in Kirkcudbright
Tell us a little about what you do and why you love it
I am by a day a mild mannered farmer, but in my spare time I am founder and co-owner of www.dgwgo.com, a keen photographer and do everything in my power to promote all that is good about D&G including events, arts , charity, news and sport and much, much more.
What makes Dumfries and Galloway special to you?
I love Dumfries and Galloway because not only is it my home, but also its my workplace and playground. I feel that D&G has everything that the rest of Scotland has to offer but it’s all here on our doorstep, often overlooked and ignored. we have everything from an array of amazing people and talent, to the stunning hills, lochs, forests and coastline, wonderful little harbour towns and country villages like Kippford, Portpatrick and Kirkcudbright. Then there are large towns that offer a diverse combination of history, shopping and places to eat, drink and be entertained like Dumfries and Stranraer. We have many amazing events held across the region all year round like Big Burns supper, Eden Festival, D&G Arts Festival, Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities and Wigtown Book Festival to name just a few. I just feel that we have everything any city can offer, albeit spread over a large region, but it’s there, you just need to look for it!
Are you involved in other arts and cultural activities?
I have previously been involved as a Director on Boards for The Big Burns Supper and D&G Arts Festival, but due to the time I need to put into DGWGO, I just couldn’t give these amazing committees as much of my energy as they deserved. I also work very closely with many other local cultural events throughout DGWGO.
What projects are you involved in right now?
We are always working on something or helping someone or some event or another at DGWGO. We are constantly in talks with people who are involved with lots of organisation’s from all walks of life across the region and beyond in Cumbria, Ayrshire and the Borders now too.
Hopes, ambitions or plans for the future?
DGWGO is the region’s fastest growing media platform, Since launching in 2011 we have grown and grown and now have an amazing reach with nearly 50,000 Facebook followers, over 8,000 Twitter followers, 15,000 plus Instagram followers and over 150,000 unique visitors and rising, every month on our website. We also post a Weekly Online newsletter , containing all the region’s top story’s to almost 10,000 households. We never sit still, and aim to let the whole world know about Dumfries and Galloway through our website and social media channels. Our office is open 24/7 and we are always here to listen to anyone who is running an event or has a story to share.
Have you always been in this role – or have you/do you do anything else?
I started DGWGO over 6 years ago, totally out of the blue, I never expected it to grow into what it has, but I am loving it. I am a farmer born and bred from generations before me. But it’s my love of the land and of this region that made me start DGWGO, and makes me want to help improve the region and show the world how wonderful our wee corner of Scotland truly is!
If we asked a friend to tell us something surprising about you, what would they say?
They would probably say that they would never have expected someone like me, who was as wild as the hills in my youth, to become the person I am today.
Anything else you’d like to tell us?
Errrrm. Did I tell you just how much I love Dumfries and Galloway ??????