Ben Twist, Director

Ben Twist, Director

Ben has been Director of CCS since 2012, combining over 25 years’ experience of producing events and running permanent and temporary venues in the cultural sector with an MSc in Carbon Management and current research for a PhD exploring behaviour change. Since 2012 he has developed CCS into a leader in both technical support for cultural organisations in carbon management and developing culture’s influencing role in addressing climate change. He has accordingly been asked to speak about this work to groups from Salzburg Global in Austria via the ArtCOP Professional workshop in Paris to the Glasgow Life Green Team Awards and the Sustainable Scotland Network annual conference.

As a theatre director and producer he was the Associate Director at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and Artistic Director at Manchester’s Contact Theatre. He ‘revisioned’ Contact to bring it into the 21st century and he led the restructuring of North Edinburgh Arts to bring it out of a financial crisis: both are now thriving organisations. As Chair of the Scottish Arts Council Lottery Committee he facilitated and supported organisational change with many cultural organisations. He has directed theatre and music theatre as a freelance across the UK, Europe, North America and New Zealand, and has experience of managing revenue budgets of up to £1m/year and staff teams of up to 30. He has been Chair of Scotland’s leading contemporary classical music group Hebrides Ensemble and Vice-Chair of the Theatres Trust. He is Vice Chair of the Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership.

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Dr Fiona MacLennan, Carbon Reduction Project Manager

Dr Fiona MacLennan, Carbon Reduction Project Manager

Fiona joined CCS in March 2014 as an experienced project manager and engineer with recent involvement in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency. She has been working with arts organisations all over Scotland, running workshops and meetings from Shetlands to the Borders to help Green Champions to record the emissions impacts of their activities.

Using data gathered from Creative Scotland’s group of Regular Funded Organisations she is continuing to develop a detailed picture of the carbon profile of the performing arts in Scotland. With the cooperation of many organisations she has used this knowledge to develop resources, including,  to support artists and arts organisations to identify and achieve carbon emissions reductions and realise their sustainability ambitions.

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Gemma Lawrence, Culture/SHIFT Producer

Gemma Lawrence, Culture/SHIFT Producer

Gemma has a background in Sustainable Development and Art History, specialising in contemporary participatory practices at the University of St Andrews in her undergraduate degree. Since 2012 she has managed and produced a range of projects focused on the development of artistic practices in Scotland in relation to environmental sustainability. Current projects include CCS’s Annual Arts & Sustainability Residency and Green Tease, a regular Scotland-wide events programme that builds links between the arts and sustainability sectors through the exchange of ideas, knowledge and practices. Gemma drives CCS’s culture/SHIFT programme to develop  the active role of Scotland’s arts sector in the transition to an environmentally sustainable society. Her experience includes participation in the European arts and sustainability network, the Green Art Lab Alliance, acting as community-lead on the AHRC-funded Fields of Green research project with academic partners from across Scotland and England, and as Producer of ArtCOP Scotland, a season of artistic responses to the Paris Climate Summit (COP21).

In addition to her work with CCS, Gemma recently participated in Curatorial Studio, a 10-month peer-learning programme for the development of curatorial practices in Scotland supported by SCAN.

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Catriona Patterson, Green Arts Project Manager

Catriona Patterson, Green Arts Project Manager

Catriona joined CCS in April 2015, having previously undertaken a summer internship with the organisation in 2014. With an interdisciplinary background, and experience in private, public and third sector sustainability policy and practice, Catriona focuses on the knowledge dissemination and wider engagement elements of Creative Carbon Scotland’s work. Catriona has developed the Green Arts Initiative from a limited branding scheme to a networked community of practice with 170 members in Scotland alone, hosting annual conferences, creating tailored resources and supporting the upskilling of the arts sector.

Catriona is also the Environmental Officer for Festivals Edinburgh and a Board member of the 2050 Climate Group, equipping her with a continually expanding national and international context, and allowing her to create innovative responses to the global interest in our unique approach.

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Alexis Woolley, General Manager

Alexis Woolley, General Manager

Alexis joined CCS in May 2016. As well as her skills in planning and setting up effective work practices, Alexis brings to the organisation her 25 years of experience in developing and implementing public sector strategies and policies ranging from the European Union to sustainable development. Of particular benefit for CCS’s future plans are her knowledge of successful EU funding applications and performance assessment frameworks and reporting mechanisms for strategic sustainability activity.

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