Marcus J Wilson

Marcus J Wilson

Director, Pooka&co Ltd

Marcus is owner of Pooka&co, and has 15 years of experience of marketing in the cultural sector. He is a former Broadband Britain award winner for web development, and has advised the Scottish Executive and Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) on major online listings and cultural ticketing projects.

Marcus was an advisor for Creative Scotland‘s national digital development Amb:IT:ion project, and is a skilled trainer and project manager.

Alison F Bell

Fibre Artist, Researcher

Alison is a fibre artist/researcher and studied at Glasgow School of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in the 70s. Her interests concern the ways in which creative process has the potential to reveal a deeper self-understanding. In 2018 she gained a PhD from the University of the West of Scotland: “Exploring the embodied experience of ageing through creative practice”. She also lectured in Critical Theory at the university from 2007-18.

Prior to this, she lived and worked on the Isle of Arran for 25 years, where she ran her studio – Arran Fine Art Silks.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has published in academic journals, won many awards and has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. She served on the Board of Craft Scotland, was a Specialist Advisor (Crafts) to the Scottish Arts Council and was Chair of Arran Visual Arts.

Pamela Conacher

Pamela has over 35 years experience supporting the development of creative careers, enterprise and the creative economy in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and beyond. She achieves this by nurturing creative talent and businesses through general and specific support, including mentoring, training, advice, networking, project development and consultancy. Pamela provides advice to organisations and individuals to develop and support creative talent in the wider rural economy and believes in the sustainability of rural communities through a strong and professional creative economy.

Through her previous post with HI~Arts, as a founding Director of Emergents CIC and as a specialist sector advisor with HIE/XpoNorth Pamela works with a wide range of organisations including Highlands and Islands EnterpriseCreative and Cultural SkillsHigh Life HighlandCraft Scotland, British Crafts Council and Business Gateway. Pamela is also an advisor for RIO (Really Interesting Objects) and a Director of Glenuig Community Association and GlenuigNet CIC.

Helen Voce

Independent Project Manager, Programme and Event Producer

Helen is an independent project manager, programme and event producer working locally, nationally, internationally and voluntarily. She designs, facilitates and produces opportunities, initiatives and spaces in which creative practitioners, micro-businesses, projects and organisations can realise their full artistic and business potential.

Previously employed as Events Programmer at Cultural Enterprise Office and Craft Development Officer in Dumfries and Galloway, Helen moved to Scotland in 2005. Working for the local authority Helen jointly managed the ERDF funded Art & Craft Sector Trade Development Project delivering opportunities, initiatives and support to visual artists and craftspeople in South West Scotland. This included Spring Fling, Scotland’s premier art and craft open studios event. Prior to this Helen worked for the Crafts Council, primarily in the Business Development department.

Helen has previously been Craft Programme Producer at Cove Park, a Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Arts Council’s (now Creative Scotland) Crafts Department, a member of Craft Scotland’s Craft Focus Panel and a Degree Tutor delivering contextual and historical modules for a UK based, distance learning textile school.

Helen has worked and studied in craft and design since 1995, pursuing undergraduate studies in three-dimensional design at Plymouth University and a postgraduate in the History of Design at the Royal College of Art / Victoria & Albert Museum.

John O’Neill

Accountant, Financial Advisor

John trained as an accountant with Ernst & Young (now EY) in Glasgow, remaining with the firm for 10 years. He then moved to EY in Los Angeles to broaden his experience.

Upon returning to the UK John took up the role of Finance Director in a TV commercials production company.

In 2004 John set up his own practice – The O’Neill Partnership – acting as an accountant/advisor to businesses in the small and medium sized market. He currently acts for a range of clients, in predominantly the creative sector, advising for example on tax, accounting and cash flow.

Ann Marie Shillito

Jeweller, Researcher

Ann Marie, co-founder and CEO of Anarkik3D Ltd, continues her contemporary jewellery practice. Anarkik3D spun out from three year AHRC funded Tacitus Research Project, instigated by Ann Marie, at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University, investigating haptics (‘virtual 3D touch’) for a more intuitive and natural digital 3D working environment. Her practical knowledge guides development ensuring Anarkik3DDesign, a haptic 3D modelling software, fits how applied artists think and work.

Prior to her Research Fellowship in 1999, she used digital technologies (CAD/laser cutting, 3D CAD/3D printing), and taught at honours degree level. She is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths (by redemption), an Honorary Research Fellow and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is author of the book ‘Digital Crafts: Industrial Technologies for Applied Artists and Designer Makers’.

Now, as an established older applied artist/designer maker she remains curious and adventurous, unafraid of change and loves using digital technologies.