Andrew Ward is Creetown Initiative’s lead officer and Senior Projects Manager who manages the charity, including its eleven staff, on a day to day basis as well as leading on numerous projects. Andrew has extensive knowledge and experience regarding Business Planning, Feasibility Studies, Consultation, Financial Management, Marketing, Heritage, Arts, Youth, Community Regeneration Training/Skills Gap Assessment and Charity Governance.
Andrew has an impressive fund raising track record securing over £3m for local and Scotland wide projects. He has also helped to reorganise a number of organisations in order to give them the capacity to develop, grow and manage successful projects. These include credit unions, sports clubs, community groups, children’s health charities and social enterprises.
Chris Hanna is the Senior Projects Officer. Chris is a member of Creetown Initiative’s consultancy team; work involves preparing tender submissions, pre-contract planning and resource management. Local projects include funding applications, including raising over £200,000 for the Waverley Hall and managing the Ferry Friends Project Workers, a project for the older generations in Creetown. Her role includes community consultations, feasibility studies, business and financial planning, governance, marketing and project planning. Consultancy projects have included the coordination of the development of the Stranraer BID, (Business Improvement District) and the subsequent development of the Stranraer Development Trust including fundraising and early project management of the Stranraer Oyster Festival, bringing in funding for the Trust of over £170,000. More recently, Chris managed the fundraising and development of the Festival of Light in Kirkcudbright and currently works with the Ballantrae Trust, carrying out community development work.
Amy-Dee Watson is part of the consultancy team and assists Andrew and Chris with various consultancy work across Scotland and she currently carries out community development work for Barrhill Community Interest Company. Amy is also the Senior Youth Worker for Creetown Initiative, and has been managing the youth work provision in Creetown since 2011. The youth programmes that she delivers have been so successful that the same model has been used in the neighbouring towns of Newton Stewart and Kirkudbright. Amy, who has a Ba (Hons) in Film and Media, delivers our art programmes and carries out design work for our organisation and others. Amy manages our film production service; to date we have made 10 films with various groups to promote their work.
Elaine Marr is the Finance Manager for Creetown Initiative, providing a book keeping and administration service.
Jody Monteith is part of our youth team working with Amy, Stacey and June to provide youth activities, youth clubs in Creetown and Newton Stewart and assists with the sports clubs in the village. Jody has a PDA (SVQ 3) in Youth Work and is very creative, particularly with her facepaints!
June Paterson part of our youth team and works with young people in both Creetown and Newton Stewart, alongside Amy, Jody and Stacey. She has a PDA (SVQ Level 3) in Youth Work.
Stacey Duff is the third of our youth workers in Newton Stewart and Creetown. She runs youth club sessions alongside Amy, Jody and June. Stacey studied Sports Coaching and Development at college and also plays a lot of sport, her passion being football, so when it comes to sport sessions she is in her element! Stacey has a PDA (SVQ Level 3) in Youth Work.
Panny Watson is Assistant Manager of the Barholm Enterprise Centre and Barholm Accommodation.
Harvey Lindsay is our Marketing Assistant currently focusing on marketing all aspects of the Barholm Centre.
Ben Herries is Project Worker for the Barholm Enterprise Centre looking after the bike hire and repair facility and the community charity shop. You can also find out more information about these two projects on their individual Facebook pages; @barholmcyclehire and @barholmcommunityshop
Dianne White is Project Worker for Ferry Friends; a project for the older residents of Creetown and Kirkmabreck Parish. You can find out more information about Ferry Friends on it’s individual Facebook page; @ferryfriends
Angie Bradford works with Dianne as a Project Worker for Ferry Friends.