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

Membership Development & Engagement Manager / Programme Producer

Anna is our 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 since 2012. As Director of Think Hard, Mark Gorman views creativity from both ends of the creative industry spectrum. As a photographer, blogger, Chair of Forth Children's Theatre and NABS 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

After working for a number of years in the arts and digital industries, Carrie set up Carrie Susan Interiors in 2016. Taking inspiration from the natural world, minimalist cultures and South American colour palettes, Carrie Susan Interiors offers practical, affordable and creative solutions to both residential and commercial clients. Carrie also maintains a “super host” status, managing one of Edinburgh’s most popular properties on Airbnb.

Joe Tree

Joe Tree is a Bafta award-winning designer who helps tech startups with their products, branding and investment material. In 2010 he founded Blipfoto, a photo-sharing platform which exploded into a worldwide community of daily photojournalists. Now, as well as working for a handful of his own clients, he’s Head of Product at CivTech. Talk to me about: the start up process, fundraising, investment and online community building.

Kate Ho

Kate Ho is Head of Product for Data Platforms at Sainsbury's Bank, the UK's first supermarket bank. With a background in user experience, she’s passionate about creating user experiences that engage and delight people. Previously, she was in the games industry where she ran Tigerface Games, with a number of nominations in International Gaming awards. Talk to me about: big data, software development, metrics, games.

Mike Davidson

Mike Davidson is now an experienced business advisor, mentor and strategist with expertise in high growth owner managed businesses, specifically focusing on technology companies. He delivers part-time CFO support and is an active participant in the Not for Profit and Social Enterprise sector. Mike’s specialties include: Strategic and business planning including executive mentoring, commercial guidance, corporate finance and business valuations, financial reporting systems and business exit strategies and succession planning.

Danae Shell

Danae Shell is Chief Marketing Officer at Care Sourcer, the UK’s first comparison and matching site for care. A native Tennessean, Danae moved to Scotland after university and has worked in the Scottish tech industry ever since. She has worked as a software developer, UX designer, and researcher before settling in as a marketer at FreeAgent during their scale-up period. Talk to me about: analytics, diversity and inclusion, management, and startups.

Briana Pegado

Briana Pegado is a social entrepreneur that was named one of Scotland's 30 Under 30 Inspiring Young Women by YWCA Scotland the Young Women's Movement at the end of last year. She is cofounder of Povo and founder and director of the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival. Her work centres around financial sustainability for creative organisations, barriers young people face to the arts, festivals, and human-centered design processes.

Charlie Bell

Charlie has worked at Whitespace, an Edinburgh based creative agency working across digital, content, brand, experiential and campaigns since 2005, working his way up from Junior Designer to Creative Director as the company has grown over the years. A D&AD judge in 2016, Charlie is a creative thinker and designer delivering world-class courses throughout Scotland to help mentor young creatives.

Jim Hollington

Jim joined the Edinburgh International Festival in 2017 after spending almost two decades with the British Council in India, France, China, Indonesia and the UK, supporting international connections between arts and creative organisations. He’s responsible for the International Festival’s relationships with its public sector funders and supporters in Scotland, the UK and globally.

Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr

Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr is a communications professional who has spent her career in the public and charity sector. As Communications Manager for the National Trust for Scotland – Scotland’s biggest membership organisation, she plays her part in protecting Scotland’s heritage. Talk to me about: all things communication, change and membership.

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.

David Mahoney

David Mahoney is a British illustrator currently practicing in Edinburgh, Scotland. David, in addition to his illustration work, is the Managing Director of the brand agency Headless Horse.

Meghan Bidwell

Meghan Bidwell is the Arts Engagement Manager at WHALE Arts, the cultural anchor organisation for Wester Hailes, Edinburgh. Meghan's role within the organisation is to manage the programme for adults, sourcing funding for regular groups and one-off events; working with associate artists; and engaging cultural and local partners.

Nathan Fulwood

Nathan is one of the founders of CreateFuture, a marketing consultancy with offices in Edinburgh and London. He has been working mainly in digital since the internet came on a CD, with stints at the Press Association, Orange, Realise and Tayburn. Possibly the tallest member of Creative Edinburgh.

Michelle Mangan

Michelle Mangan is an experienced PR, Marketing and Communications professional with over 15 years’ experience of working in the arts in the UK. Prior to her role as Senior PR and Marketing Manager for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society Michelle racked up over 8 years’ experience promoting award winning festival shows gaining Fringe Firsts, Herald Angels, Carol Tambor and Holden Street Theatre Awards.

Andrew Dyce & Craig Fairweather

Andrew Dyce & Craig Fairweather (We Throw Switches) are a production / curation / installation duo, specialising in videogames and interactive things. They’ve collaborated with organisations like the British Council, the V&A, and New York University Game Centre to create physical installations, curate festivals, and run weird and wonderful videogame parties from Sarajevo to San Francisco.

Tamsin Ansdell

Tamsin is co-founder and Director of Edinburgh based agency wonderhouse. wonderhouse specialises in marketing strategy + implementation for lifestyle consumer brands. Tamsin has worked in the creative industry for over 16 years with a wide network of artists, creatives, photographers and film production crew creating award-winning work for some of Scotland’s most exciting brands.

Chris Behr

Chris Behr has worked as a designer for over 10 years, cutting his teeth in advertising and graphic design, before specialising in digital and product. Currently working as a Senior Product Designer at Skyscanner, handling design & research across web and apps. Talk to me about: Product and digital design, experimentation, mobile technology, and iconography.

Leah Silverlock

Leah Silverlock is an entrepreneur and social media lover. She is the founder of the Ooh!Festivals, a festival specific marketing company. Her background is in social media marketing for large scale festivals. Her passion lies within marketing and the arts, chat to her about: social media marketing and festivals anytime!

Susanna Murphy

Susanna is a Motion graphics designer, filmmaker, creative consultant and Director & Co-Founder of Bright Side Studios. She approaches her work with an open and curious mind for storytelling within environments and experiences. She has a passion for compositing and playing with illusions to craft visual wonderment in the form of installations, immersive environments and creative content.

Charlotte Gosling

Charlotte Gosling is the Marketing and Communications Producer at Edinburgh Printmakers. With Scottish and European experience she's delivered high profile launches for tourism, FCMG and charity campaigns including many Edinburgh festivals, Book Week Scotland, Starbucks and Blogmanay.

Catriona Cox

Catriona works across the arts in event and project management, with a special interest in books. She has worked with Publishing Scotland, EIBF, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Creative Edinburgh, Picture Hooks, Saltire Society and more. Formerly SYP Scotland co-chair, she continues to support emerging publishing professionals.

Cristina Spiteri

Director & Co-Founder of Bright Side Studios, Cristina weaves compelling stories and creates unique experiences that connect digital with the spatial. An artist and experience designer, Cristina connects the space between design, art and technology to create powerful human experiences. She creates brand experiences with rich animated and interactive digital content. She is an established innovator in the creation of immersive environments.

Jessica Armstrong

Jessica Armstrong is a business development and project manager with a disposition for organisation, teamwork, efficiency and a drive to achieve goals. Her background is in marketing communications and operational management; but really, she is a project manager with a love for understanding process and a passion for all things inspired. Talk to me about: building and developing your networks, reaching new audiences and finding sponsorship.

Leah McDowell

Leah is an experienced book designer and art director, former Co-Chair of the Society of Young Publishers Scotland and winner of the inaugural Satire Society Emerging Publisher of the Year award. Talk to me about: graphic design, illustration, publishing and creative direction.

Erik Ravaglia

Award winning Animator, illustrator, designer and brand enthusiast, Erik specialises in digital marketing and storytelling helping clients ranging from beer brands to medical research studies telling their stories. Over the years he experimented with vlogging, illustrations, fiction writing and event hosting. He is the host for Creative Edinburgh’s Talking Heads and MOVE Summit.

Isla Munro

Isla Munro is an Edinburgh based designer and Product Design tutor at Edinburgh College of Art. With more than 15 years’ experience in the creative industries, Isla’s background is in Furniture and Product Design, and her practice is based in Design and Communication. Isla is practiced in collaborating with project stakeholders to ensure the outcomes embody their collective aspirations.

Denis Mallon

Denis Mallon is a creative director, specialising in animation and design. After studying interactive media, Denis relocated to Edinburgh, becoming a motion graphics specialist. He has since taught motion graphics at Napier University, and co-founded Move Summit, Scotland's animation gathering. You can find him pretending to work hard at Stampede, his animation studio located within CodeBase, Edinburgh.

Katy Koren

Katy Koren is the Artistic Director of Gilded Balloon, one of the largest venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Gilded Balloon has been part of the Fringe for over 30 years and prioritises nurturing and developing local artists and providing them with a supportive platform at each year’s Fringe. Katy studied Industrial Design at University and has continued to be passionate about the creative and arts communities in Edinburgh and the UK.