Staff

Creetown Initiative was founded by our late Senior Projects Manager, Andrew Ward. From humble beginnings in the early ‘noughties’, operating from a tiny store cupboard in the Creetown Heritage Museum, Andrew built the organisation up to what it is today – a vibrant community charity delivering local services and facilities and providing employment opportunities, in addition to a thriving consultancy service supporting other charities and organisations across Scotland. Please click here to find out more about Andrew Ward’s legacy.

In addition to an experienced team, Creetown Initiative also engages the services of specialist independent associate consultants.

Creetown Initiative Consultancy Team

Chris Ward is Manager of Creetown Initiative and the Barholm Enterprise consultancy. She re-joined Creetown Initiative in September 2020. 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 and currently managed Creetown Initiative and Barholm Enterprise consultancy, including its 10 staff on a day to day basis, as well as leading on numerous projects. 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 HeadshotAmy-Dee Watson is a Senior Project Officer and part of the consultancy team and assists 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 HeadshotElaine 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.

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Eppie Sprung HeadshotEppie Sprung is an independent Associate Consultant, engaged by Creetown Initiative on a freelance basis for specific contracts. Having worked across the public, third and private sectors, Eppie has a focus on business growth within the third sector. Her broad range of experience has enabled her to develop an extensive skill set that can be applied cross-sectorally, with particular emphasis on accessible and inclusive community engagement, business improvement and outcome-focused evaluation. Projects have included: the Theatre Royal, Dumfries Heritage Lottery Fund end of period evaluation; the Stewartry Health and Social Care Integration Locality Plan Engagement Process; DG Voice and Inclusion Scotland Integration Engagement Process; and Gretna & Rigg, Springfield & Gretna Green and Kirkpatrick Fleming & District Community Action Plan. In addition to the aforementioned, Eppie has worked as an assessor for the Scottish Awards for Business Excellence, she is a Social Return on Investment practitioner, a Participatory Appraisal specialist, an Evaluation Support Scotland trained trainer and an experienced corporate events manager.

Julian Watson Head ShotJulian Watson is an independent Associate Consultant engaged by Creetown Initiative on a freelance basis for specific contracts. With over thirty years’ experience in the visual arts – working at first in museums and with arts centres in Ireland – Julian progressed to being involved with the ‘total economics’, benefits and problems of restoring historic buildings to new uses, and with the land management, social surveying, support and programming that can accompany this. He lives in Dumfries and Galloway and maintains active connections in Northern England and Northern Ireland. His experience with public consultation processes started with interviewing (for BBC Radio Ulster) mural artists across the political spectrum in Northern Ireland in the early 1980’s and continued through various community engagement programmes there. More recently, it was applied to the Environmental Arts Festival Scotland (2013), Fresh Start for the Arts (2013), Creative Arts Business Network (2014) and the Kirkcudbright ‘Britain from Above’ project (2014). As an independent associate consultant, his work with Creetown Initiative started in 2014. It has included an Options Appraisal and a Business Plan for the Clan Hannay Society’s Sorbie Tower (2015), an Economic and Needs Study Report for the adaptation and expanded use of Kirkcudbright Parish Church (2016), Community Action Plans for Canonbie (2017) and Coldstream (2018). His extensive experience in consultation has included interviewing those involved with regeneration in Castle Douglas (2020-21) users of its Community Centre (2018) and with six rural communities for the East Dumfriesshire Regional Community Plan (DECBG, 2019-20).

Barholm Accommodation Team

Panny Watson HeadshotPanny Watson is the Manager of the Barholm Enterprise Centre,  which includes Barholm Accommodation.

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Jenny Adams HeadshotJenny Adams assists Panny at the  Barholm Accommodation.

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Youth Work Team

Stacey Duff HeadshotStacey Duff is our Senior Youth Worker in Creetown.  She manages and runs youth club sessions alongside Youth Workers Jody, June and Gayle. 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.

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Jody Monteith HeadshotJody Monteith is part of our youth team working with Stacey, June and Gayle 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!

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June Paterson HeadshotJune Paterson part of our youth team and works with young people in both Creetown alongside Stacey, Jody and Gayle. She has a PDA (SVQ Level 3) in Youth Work and has great conflict resolution and organisation skills.

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Gayle Topping is our newest member of the team and is our Relief Youth Worker, working with Stacey, Jody and June.

Ferry Friends (Senior Citizens Project) Team

Angie Bradford HeadshotAngie Bradford 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

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Sam Donnelly works with Angie as a Project Worker for Ferry Friends. 

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