We are all freelances working in our own fields, and come together to work on projects in whatever combination fits the best.
Catherine Gillies – Director. MA Hons History of Art, MLitt Museum and Gallery Studies
Catherine trained as an art historian, and diverted into journalism (press and BBC) for 17 years where she specialised in heritage and environment subjects. A fortuitous meeting with noted social history collector Hope MacDougall led to a career change into museums and a passion for community-driven heritage with its endless capacity to surprise.
She has since worked almost exclusively in the independent museums sector, and often on projects in states of transition: redevelopments and new openings, and sadly managing closure. It has all built a body of experience which is channelled into supporting community heritage projects into successful development.
Exhibitions, activity plans and the myriad ways of interpreting heritage are also part of daily life, working with the two amazing Ergadia designers. She is also lucky enough to maintain a role in collections management, deliver learning workshops, mentor an independent museum, and carry out academic research. Her latest CPD is pure fun – becoming a storyteller as part of her schools and community work.
Robin Patel – Director. MA Hons English Literature and History, MLitt Museum and Gallery Studies
Robin is passionate about engaging communities with heritage. He has delivered a range of collections management and audience development projects for several local authority and independent museums across Argyll and since 2010 has helped deliver accreditation for five museums.
Alongside his core collections and curatorial skills, he specialises in community evaluation, including the delivery of focus groups and heritage workshops to inform strategic decisions. Over 2016 this has included a community-led options appraisal for the Crieff Monuments and a collections history / significance assessment for the David Livingstone collection. He also serves as museum mentor for independent museums on South Uist and Lismore. His latest CPD is exploring how museums can facilitate skills development for young people through the application of newly emerging technology.
Annie Tunnicliffe – Director. (Luing Consultancy Ltd)
Annie specialises in project managing large bids through to funding success. This includes specialising in business planning and cash flow projections. She also supports applicants with project managing the application process and getting key points across in bids. Annie also advises on “investment readiness” including governance and leadership and helps develop organisations to achieve the required level of readiness for funders.
Annie carries out assignments for Big Lottery Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, often related to large capital projects. She has provided support for Heritage Lottery and Heritage Enterprise applications including for Campbeltown Picture House, Rothesay Pavilion and Kilmartin Museum. She supported Isle of Luing Community Trust with the development of their Atlantic Islands Centre (opened in 2015).
Annie’s background includes working for a third sector loan funder and directing five not for profit organisations. She has also worked in central government and for KPMG. Annie is a SFEDI Awards Accredited Practitioner in Social Enterprise and Business Support, is qualified in Human Resource Management (CIPD) and has an MBA.
Lynn Vesco – Associate. Diploma in Art and Design
Lynn has had an extensive background in design. She started her design career with Aberdeen Council within the Leisure and Recreation Department, but moved to Angus where she worked collaboratively for ten years within a multi-disciplined team as one of a three strong design unit within the Museum Department, Cultural Services, Angus Council. She participated in all aspects of the concept, design, development and construction of displays and exhibitions, while adhering to budgets and deadlines.
Choosing to diversify and develop new skills she took up a position in the Oban Times Production Team and for five years designed layouts and advertising features for the companies’ publications before returning to museum design in 2004. Since then she has been involved with producing travelling exhibitions, interpretive design and publications for the small independent museum sector including Dunollie House, Oban and Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre.
Being an experienced interpretive designer Lynn appreciates the importance of good communication and always endeavors to produce work that reflects the specific aspirations of her client – finding design solutions on both a practical and aesthetic level that are sympathetic to each subject matter. Ever practical and resourceful, she is committed to get the best result out of any given budget while being conscientious and able to stick to schedules and deadlines.