About

As the largest network of creatives in Edinburgh, we are committed to advancing the value and impact of creativity- both locally and internationally. Creative Edinburgh is a community that increases your capacity to experiment, innovate and succeed. We enable intergenerational and intercultural dialogue and community building with peer support and advice aimed at igniting working relationships across sectors. Join us as we work together to help creative individuals and businesses create, collaborate and stay connected at every stage of their careers.

People

Creative Edinburgh is run by Yasmin Sulaiman and supported by a Board and voluntary Steering Group. These are made up of passionate ambassadors of creativity who are committed to providing advocacy, support and leadership to both our organisation and network.

Yasmin Sulaiman

Director

Yasmin joined Creative Edinburgh as Director in May 2018. Prior to that, she was the Editor-in-Chief at arts & culture publication The List, and has spent over 14 years writing about the Edinburgh Festivals. Over a varied and award-winning career in the creative industries, Yasmin has worked as a journalist for the Guardian and the BBC, and has extensive experience working freelance and for agencies on content creation and creative strategy.

Rachel Arthur

Freelance Digital Producer [P/T]

Rachel works with us on Mondays and Fridays creating our digital content. Founder of boom saloon magazine, Rachel is passionate about the support and championing of the creative industries. Prior to Creative Edinburgh she spent over ten years cutting her teeth in the fashion world and is experienced in digital marketing, content and creative direction.

Anna Gormezano Marks

Freelance Programme Producer

Anna is our Freelance Programme Producer. A painting graduate from ECA, with experience in visual merchandising and as a visual artist, she is interested in communication and the relationships between place and peace of mind.

Board

Creative Edinburgh’s independent Board are ardent envoys of the creative sectors. They meet every quarter to support policy and strategic developments within the organisation, discussing how best to move forward. We'd like to thank past board members David Weir, Ginnie Atkinson, June Edgar, Jeff Meeks and Ros Davis, Janine Matheson, Michael Johnston and Mike McGrail.

Mark Gorman

Board Chair of Creative Edinburgh. As Director of Think Hard, Mark Gorman views creativity from both ends of the creative industry's continuum. As a photographer, blogger, Director of The Royal Lyceum Theatre at one end; and as a seasoned mentor and practitioner in the advertising, marketing, PR, research and digital sector at the other. Talk to me about: marketing strategy, communications, business mentoring and board management.

Carrie Maginn

Carrie Maginn has travelled and worked across three continents in a variety of professional roles. After six years working in the public arts sector, including roles at Stills, The Stitch Lounge and DigitasLBi, she set up Carrie Susan Interiors- a recognised specialist in interior design- as a result of studying Architecture & Interior Design. Talk to me about: interior design, project management, events management, producing, marketing, networking, arts and culture.

Joe Tree

Joe Tree is the Founder and CEO of Blipfoto, a worldwide community of ordinary people who record and share their lives through one photograph a day posted online. Based in Edinburgh, Blipfoto's website and mobile apps attract over a million monthly visits from an audience 400,000 strong across 175 countries. Talk to me about: the start up process, fundraising, investment, marketing and online community building.

Kate Ho

Kate Ho is a Senior Product Manager at FreeAgent, one of the UK’s largest, most popular online accountancy software providers for freelancers. With a background in user experience, she’s passionate about creating user experiences that engage and delight people. Previously, she ran Tigerface Games which built collaborative iPad games for kids between 5-11. Talk to me about: user journeys, software development methods, metrics, games and startups.

Mike Davidson

Mike Davidson is an active participant in the Not for Profit and Social Enterprise sector, including roles at the Homeless World Cup, Out of the Blue and the Royal Lyceum Theatre. He specialises in strategic and business planning advice, providing corporate finance and business support. Previously a partner in national accounting firm. Talk to me about: high growth technology based businesses, succession planning, exit/ tax strategies and not for profit/ social enterprise.

Steering Group

Creative Edinburgh’s Steering Group is composed of committed creative industry experts who champion and advise both our programme and network. The Steering Group meet twice a year to provide feedback, suggest new ideas and offer support. We'd like to thank past steering group members Rohan Gunatillake, Rupert Thompson, Andy Murray and Peggy Hughes.

Briana Pegado

Briana Pegado is founder of Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF) and University of Edinburgh MA Sustainable Development graduate. She was President of EUSA in the 2014-2015 and previously worked part time as Membership Engagement Officer for the YWCA Scotland. Talk to me about: connecting with students, graduate and emerging artists or if you need advice as a student, graduate or emerging artist yourself.

David Mahoney

David Mahoney is a freelance Illustrator working for both national and international clients. He specialises in monochromatic illustrations using squid ink and photoshop. Alongside his freelancing David is also a Community Professional for Adobe and runs a series of portfolio reviewing events in Edinburgh. Talk to me about: freelancing, networking, self promotion, preparing your portfolio and illustration.

Dennis & Debbie Club

Dennis Reinmuller and Debbie Moody are a visual artist duo specialising in virtual reality apps. In 2016, their Oculus Rift piece "Neobrutes" was shown across Scotland. For 2017, they are focusing on developing for mobile devices, including a VR showcase of selected artists' moving image pieces within realtime 3D environments, and a narrative VR experience questioning the boundaries between the virtual and the real. Talk to us about: VR, technology and the future.

Devon Walshe

Devon Walshe is an entrepreneur and publisher. He is the founder of the The Journal, an award winning media platform for students and young people. He is also a member of Sync, a Scotland wide innovation programme supporting technology in the arts. He is interested in the media, technology and innovation. Talk to me about: publishing, multi platform media distribution, PR, startups and technology.

Jessica Armstrong

Jessica Armstrong is an 'agent for change', delivering projects with a disposition for organisation and efficiency. Her background is in business development, marketing comms and operational management; but really, she is a project manager with a love of spreadsheets and a passion for all things inspired. Talk to me about: building and developing your networks, reaching new industries and finding sponsorship.

Lynsey Smith

Lynsey Smith is programme manager for the Creative Economy team at the British Council. Lynsey is responsible for building projects with partners and colleagues across Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe and is also the British Council’s specialist advisor for their work with hubs, currently working on European Creative Hubs Network. Talk to me about: international opportunities, cultural relations and hubs.