CCA Board

Dr Ima Jackson

Chair

An experienced clinician, lecturer, researcher and project manager, Ima has spent most of her career working with marginalised groups: initially pregnant women in the poorest parts of London and Glasgow, and in more recent years with refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in Scotland.

Her research interest is in migration, in particular transnational workforce issues, ethical recruitment processes, migrant health and healthcare infrastructure needs and gendered migration policy. Her focus is on community engagement and capacity building and her work develops from a migrant perspective. She has been inspired in her career by the ability of creative arts to interpret and disseminate the complex often emotive issues within migration. She is a steering group member of GRAMNET and currently works with cross party parliamentarians, migrant organisations, activists, artists, researchers and policymakers investigating and supporting the development of Scotland’s local, national and international perspective on aspects of migration and immigration within the context of increased devolution post the independence referendum and subsequently Brexit.

Maggie Maxwell

Vice Chair

Maggie worked in the visual arts sector, and at Robert Gordon University before becoming curator at Grampian Hospitals Art Trust in 1992, developing an extensive collection of art throughout healthcare facilities in the north east of Scotland, managing artist residencies and a busy gallery programme.

Maggie joined Scottish Arts Council in 2000, becoming Head of Equalities in 2006. From 2008-2010, she worked at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff as Equality and Diversity manager, and was an advisor to Arts Council Wales for the Venice Biennale. She joined Creative Scotland in 2010, retiring from the post of Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) in June 2017. She is currently a Commissioner for the Poverty Truth Commission in Scotland.

Andrew Bell

Andrew works within financial control and management accounting. He started his career in banking operations before gaining an accountancy degree with distinction from Glasgow Caledonian University. He is an ACCA qualified accountant and has worked across a wide range of sectors including banking, transport and criminal justice.

He brings experience of financial control, technical accounting, financial strategy and governance to his role on the CCA board. Andrew has a keen interest in contemporary art, music, film and making the arts accessible for all.

Faris Dannan

Faris is a digital communication expert with over six years of experience working in digital marketing. He is the co-Founder of Breathing Digital, a digital media agency based in Scotland. He also works as Digital Officer at Scottish Refugee Council where he is responsible for New Scots Connect, a Scotland-wide network of local communities, groups, and organisations set up to enhance the welcoming environment for refugees and asylum seekers.

After graduating with BA Business Management with Commercial Music Production from the University of Chester, he spent five years in the humanitarian-development sector, working in communications and marketing departments of different NGOs. Faris is also a music producer and composer, he specialises in composing and producing music for visuals.

Lesley Davidson

Lesley serves as the General Manager of Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre and has been with the Company for the past nineteen years. She has more than 30 years’ experience in theatre, hospitality and the operations industry and has held senior management positions with the Citizens Theatre for the past ten years, responsible for the day to day running of the Company and its operations.

Lesley is also responsible for project management and programme delivery, overseeing the production management of all events. She ensures the smooth delivery of the artistic programme alongside a programme of external hires. Lesley is the lead for insurance and licensing, Health and Safety and environment sustainability. Lesley started her theatrical career as an actress and was one of the founding members of the Arches Theatre Company.

Alison Mackay

Alison is an environmental and sustainability consultant, who started out working in conservation, ecology and regeneration. She has since worked with a range of organisations in the public, consultancy and third sectors, business and industry (urban infrastructure, rural, coastal, agriculture), local authorities, statutory conservation bodies, and academia.

A continuous thread throughout her work has been community based, focusing on community capacity, with recent projects in: voluntary arts, wellbeing, culture and tourism, food resilience, and establishing community hubs. She has over twenty-seven years‘ of environmental sector experience and brings this to her role on the CCA board. Alison has a keen interest in contemporary art, music, dance, poetry, storytelling, film and theatre.

Martin Minton

Martin is a solicitor at Morton Fraser. Over the past few years, he has developed a specialism in crofting law, acting for a diverse range of clients across the Highlands and Islands and beyond in a variety of crofting and rural property matters.

Before qualifying as a solicitor, Martin worked in the visual art sector, gaining experience in roles across exhibitions, press, marketing and public engagement. He was the co-founder of Sierra Metro, an artist-led exhibition space in Granton, Edinburgh. Martin is a graduate of the Fine Art Photography programme at the Glasgow School of Art.

Natasha Thembiso Ruwona

Natasha is a visual artist, arts educator and curator in Edinburgh. Her art practice is research-based and dissects topics of post-colonialism and the processes of decolonisation through the mediums of poetry, digital art and performance.

Natasha is interested in knowledge as a curatorial process that can be challenged via art and anti-colonial methods, as well as how the structures of arts institutions perpetuate whiteness. She is an Archival Researcher for the collective UncoverED which is based at Edinburgh University. Natasha also works at The Fruitmarket Gallery in multiple capacities.

Aayushi Gupta

Young Person Board Placement

Aayushi is a practising artist with a particular interest in critical writing on photography. Both her works and research are primarily interdisciplinary between photography, literature and philosophy.

Her key concerns are understanding the evolution of various forms that media-based technologies have led to since their introduction to society; and further speculating what the future of photography will be, now that the digital image and Web 2.0 are overpowering various photographic practices.