Creetown Initiative Consultancy Team
Andrew Ward is Creetown Initiative’s lead officer and Senior Projects Manager who manages the charity, including its twelve 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.
Rebecca Giblin is Senior Project Officer at Creetown Initiative. She is part of the consultancy team working on community consultations, feasibility studies, business and financial planning, governance, marketing and project planning. She has a background in fundraising and has raised funds for a range of activities, including Wigtown Book Festival, Heriot-Watt University research and University of Edinburgh capital projects achieved through statutory funding, trusts and foundations and via corporate sponsorship. Projects for Creetown Initiative include overseeing the Ferry Friends project, assisting the Ballantrae Trust on community development work and contributing to the development of the new performing arts venue in Creetown. Her marketing and communication skills have been developed most locally at Spring Fling, DG Unlimited and Sleeping Giants Community Development and include devising strategy, managing relationships and audience development.
Amy-Dee Watson is a Project Officer and part of the consultancy team and assists Andrew and Rebecca with various consultancy work across Scotland, including fundraising, community action plans, business and development plans, consultations, community asset transfers and feasibility studies. She currently also carries out Project Officer work for Pinwherry and Pinmore Community Development Trust. 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 part time Finance Manager for Creetown Initiative and Barholm, dealing with all aspects of bookkeeping, invoicing, payroll, VAT, management accounts and admin. She is also a Director/Company Secretary of WRDC (Enterprise Trust) Ltd, and joined us in 2017, after running WRDC for over 30 years on a full time basis, as well as working at Strathclyde Regional Council and the Abbey National Building Society prior to that.
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 . Ben also carries out project work for other groups, including community consultations, data analysis, feasibility studies and business planning.
Barholm Accommodation Team
Panny Watson is Assistant Manager of the Barholm Enterprise Centre and Barholm Accommodation.
Youth Work Team
Jody Monteith is part of our youth team working with Amy, Stacey and June to provide youth activities, youth clubs in Creetown 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 and has great conflict resolution and organisation skills.
Stacey Duff is our third youth workers in 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.
Ferry Friends (Senior Citizens Project) Team
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.