Vel Gnanendran

VEL HAS SPENT NEARLY 20 YEARS WORKING ON INTERNATIONAL POLICY. HE IS CURRENTLY A DIRECTOR AT THE LARRY ELLISON FOUNDATION AND WAS PREVIOUSLY THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AT THE DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT. HE HAS ALSO WORKED AT THE FOREIGN OFFICE, CABINET OFFICE AND TREASURY INCLUDING VARIOUS ROLES OVERSEAS, MOST RECENTLY IN TANZANIA. VEL HAS EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE… Read more »

Catherine Wilson

Catherine has worked as a writer, arts administrator and workshop facilitator since 2014. Her background is in community engagement projects where she used the arts to tackle inequalities and bring young people together. Catherine has also travelled the world as a writer and performer, representing Scotland and its art scene at an international level. She… Read more »

Ben Fletcher-Watson

Dr Ben Fletcher-Watson manages the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. He holds a PhD in Drama from the University of St Andrews, and has studied at Emory University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. His research interests include theatre for Early Years, relaxed performance and neurodiverse arts, and… Read more »

Greg Sinclair

  Greg Sinclair is an award-winning musician and live artist. He makes children’s theatre with two clear aims: he starts with a musical idea, and he collaborates with children to make his work. His performance Sonata for a Man and a Boy was the winner of the 2013 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland award for… Read more »

Gemma Statham

GEMMA IS AN EXPERIENCED LAWYER WITH A BROAD RANGE OF EXPERIENCE ACROSS A NUMBER OF SECTORS. CURRENTLY SHE IS HEAD OF LEGAL AT DOBBIES GARDEN CENTRES. PRIOR TO THIS, GEMMA WAS HEAD OF LEGAL AT SPARK ENERGY UK AND SENIOR LEGAL COUNSEL AT RBS, RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE TO THE BANK IN RELATION TO… Read more »

Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer has been working in the arts for nearly 20 years, including roles at Woodend Barn, Citymoves Dance Agency and Aberdeen International Youth Festival and co-founder of MiniFest, a creative festival for young audiences across North East Scotland.

Nicola Pay

Nicola joined Starcatchers in December 2017 from Children in Scotland, where she had been working as Senior Communications Officer. She began her career as a journalist in London before moving to Scotland in 2003 and now has more than 15 years’ experience of communications and marketing in Scotland’s children’s sector.

Mhairi Taylor

Mhairi is Equality and Diversity Manager for the University of Glasgow and leads its work to comply with equalities legislation and develop as an exemplar of good practice within the higher education sector. Her key achievements include securing Athena SWAN accreditation for promoting female academic progression in STEMM (science-based) subject areas. Prior to taking on… Read more »

Matt Addicott

Matt Addicott is a performance maker, theatre director and dramaturg. In addition to his freelance practice Matt also works as a programmer at Platform, an arts centre based in the east end of Glasgow.

He first worked with Starcatchers in 2007, performing in Little Light created by Andy Manleyand Vanessa Rigg and was Starcatchers Artist in Residence at Platform in Easterhouse, Glasgow between 2009 and 2011. A regular contributor to the Creative Skills programme, Matt is proud to be a Starcatchers Associate Artist and in 2019 has also led Playspace sessions for Starcatchers’ artist development programme and participated in the recent Erasmus+ project.

Hazel Darwin-Clements

Hazel has worked on several projects and residencies with Starcatchers as a theatre maker, performer and puppeteer. Most recently she has been co-leading a project called Expecting Something with parents under 25 and their babies, and also delivering workshops across Scotland for adults who work with Early Years as part of their Creative Skills Programme. She has created and performed several shows with Starcatchers including Hup, Too Many Cooks, the Forgotten Forest, the Attic and Round in Circles