Creetown Initiative Consultancy Team
Andrew Ward manages Creetown Initiative and the Barholm Enterprise consultancy, 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. A skilled and experienced community worker and fundraiser of 25 years experience, he recently managed the fundraising for the Theatre Royal Dumfries securing £1.1m including £322,000 from HLF. Andrew managed the successful Growing Community Assets project securing £730,000 for the Creetown Enterprise Project which involved creating a 26-bed luxury bunkhouse, Arts and Crafts Cooperative, Charity Shop, Bike Hire and Repair and Electric Car Hire. He is currently leading the Johnston School project in Kirkcudbright and has successfully secured the £2.6m funding target. This work included developing the Business Plan and working closely with the design team. 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.
Previously the project worker and fundraiser for the CatStrand in New Galloway, Andrew is an active member of the Development Trust Association Scotland. Andrew has supported projects across Scotland including Braemar Castle, Theatre Royal Dumfries, CAOS Arts project in Clydebank, the Millennium Centre Muirhouse and the Moffat Town Hall Project.
Chris Hanna has recently re-joined Creetown Initiative as a Senior Project Officer. Previously she was with the organisation from 2014 to 2019 but left Creetown Initiative in 2019 to join the renewable energy consultancy, Natural Power as a Project Manager in their Planning Team. Amongst other activities she assisted wind farm developers work with and consult communities in relation to the planning process of wind farms and the development of community benefit funds.
Chris’s role at Creetown Initiative then and now involves community consultation, feasibility studies, business and financial planning, governance, marketing and project planning. She returns as a member of the consultancy team. Previous local project work included fundraising over £200,000 for the development of the community hall, fundraising (£120,000) and the management of a local senior citizens project, which has been running successfully for 3 years and particularly important in the current Covid-19 situation.
Some examples of Chris’s consultancy projects are; the coordination of the development of the Stranraer BID (Business Improvement District), subsequent development of the Stranraer Development Trust including fund raising and early project management of the Stranraer Oyster Festival; development and support of the Ballantrae Development Trust including mentoring the Board and project workers, along with fundraising and project managing projects such as a MUGA (Multi Use Games Area), renovation of the village playpark, a village website and the Ballantrae Festival of Food & Drink; a feasibility study and business plan to support the asset transfer of the New Galloway Town Hall to the community.
Amy-Dee Watson is a Project Officer and part of the consultancy team and assists Andrew and Chris 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 Community Project Officer work for Pinwherry and Pinmore Community Development Trust, having recently secured the community asset transfer of the former Pinwherry Primary School. She has recent begun community development work for Barr Community SCIO. For 10 years, Amy managed youth work provision in Creetown and the youth programmes have been so successful that the same model has been used in the neighbouring towns of Newton Stewart and Kirkcudbright. Amy, who has a Ba (Hons) in Film and Media, delivers our art programmes, manages our social media, designs and edits our Ferry News community newsletter and carries out graphic 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.
Barholm Accommodation Team
Panny Watson also manages the Barholm Enterprise Centre and Barholm Accommodation.
Youth Work Team
Stacey Duff is our Senior Youth Worker in Creetown. She manages and runs youth club sessions alongside Youth Workers 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.
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
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.