Anna Downie

Creative Kin Project Coordinator

Anna has over a decade of experience working on community engagement projects. Her background is in museums, coordinating projects that combine museum collections and creativity to tackle inequalities and improve wellbeing. She currently splits her time between Starcatchers and National Museums Scotland. Anna believes passionately in the ability of the arts to have a positive impact on society and people’s lives.

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Catherine Wilson

Creative Skills Administrator

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 is on the Scottish Poetry Library’s Poets Advisory Group and the board of trustees of YWCA Scotland, the Young Women’s Movement.

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Corrie McKendrick

Early Year Artist, Girvan Creative Babies

Corrie is an early years artist who lives in Glasgow.  He has a theatre background and particularly enjoys leading playful activities for wee ones and their grown ups using drama, music, movement, storytelling, visual art and most importantly…all kinds of play! Corrie has worked with a variety of companies, from Scotland to the USA, to China and back again!

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Heather Armstrong

Creative Skills Manager

Heather joined Starcatchers after eight years working with young people in Glasgow in some of the most deprived communities in Europe. She believes passionately in the power of the arts to transform lives and tackle inequalities, and working with our youngest members of society seems the best place to start

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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.

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Judith Walsh

General Manager

Judith has a career in managing arts organisations and projects that are good for the soul, believing that the performing arts have a central role to play in our society – from their therapeutic value, to the way they connect people and ideas, to the expression of who we are and how we feel. Judith has worked in music production and event management with a diverse portfolio of performing groups, artists, festivals and arts organisations. She is co-founder and Company Secretary of award-winning Nevis Ensemble, Scotland’s Street Orchestra, and is the Chair of creative commissioning organisation, Remembered/Imagined.

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Kerry Cleland

Expecting Something Project Coordinator

Kerry has worked as a performer for over 10 years and has much passion and drive for creating work and performing with early years audiences and children with complex needs. Expecting Something has been a project that she has admired since it’s beginnings and she is now delighted to be on board with the Starcatchers team and helping deliver such exciting and vibrant work to many communities in and around Scotland

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Kirsty Pennycook

Early Years Artist, Creative Kin

Kirsty is a theatre maker and facilitator based in Glasgow, focused on working in community settings. As an artist, Kirsty specialises in making work for young audiences, and creatively integrating access for disabled audiences and performers. Art for social change is always present in her work, and Kirsty is so excited to see the Creative Kin project build, with kinship families across Irvine.

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Natalie Gibson

Administrator and Marketing Assistant

Natalie has worked in an administration and marketing role since 2014. She has years of experience working and volunteering in the children’s sector which has taken her both overseas as well as closer to home. Natalie started working for Starcatchers in 2018 and is very excited to be part of the team. She believes that creativity is vital in early childhood and every child should have access to creative play from the start.

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Nicola Pay

Communications and Marketing Manager

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.

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Rhona Matheson

Chief Executive

Rhona has been involved with Starcatchers since the pilot project at North Edinburgh Arts in 2006.  Since then she has supported the development of the company and has become an expert in the field of arts and Early Years.  She is on the board of Small Size, the international network for the dissemination of the performing arts of 0-6s, of Branar Theatre in Galway and is the Co-Chair of the Federation of Scottish Theatre.

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