Julie Aitken, Westburn CAN Coordinator
Julie oversees delivery of our Westburn CAN project, an innovative community-led partnership project that will reduce carbon through a range of distinct but integrated interventions including an Environmental Arts and Culture Programme, Horticulture Hub, and community food provision.
Helena Barrett, Creative Placemaker
Helena works with local residents in Wester Hailes to develop and deliver a programme of regular creative activities, one-off events, and participatory public art installations that respond to local assets and aspirations.
Meghan Bidwell, Arts Engagement Manager (Adults)
Meghan facilitates WHALE Arts’ regular programme of activities for adults. She is responsible for the management and development of the following groups: smART CRAFT, Stitch ‘n’ Time, Drama, Let’s Dance!, WHALE Community Cinema, as well as Heritage Lottery funded project Wester Hailes: Your Story, Our Story. She also supports external group the Arty Party, and alongside Helena the new SPL poetry group.
Dawn Borthwick, Support Worker and Cleaner
Dawn supports a variety of our adult and young people’s groups. She also makes sure the building in clean and tidy.
Michael Bowdidge, Street Arts Coordinator
Michael is responsible for managing the Street Arts team, programming exciting and innovative creative activities with partner artists, and engaging with young people as part of our award winning Street Arts project.
Allan Farmer, Director
Allan is responsible for WHALE Arts’ strategic and operational development. He oversees all aspects of WHALE’s programming, building, staff, finances, and ensures the organisation achieves its objectives. He joined WHALE Arts in 2014 having worked across the community, voluntary and social enterprise sectors with a range of innovative local organisations and national intermediaries.
Kate Griffin, Creative Programme Manager
Kate manages WHALE Arts’ programme of arts activities for families, children and young people, including creative and strategic development, programming and working with partner organisations and artists to create exciting and engaging arts projects. She is responsible for the following groups: Creative Adventures, LYT: Discover, and Eco smARTies, as well as the holiday programme and WHALE’s exhibition programme.
Julie McCurdy, Create Development Worker
Working with local people, the Tasting Change project team, and other community partners, Julie is responsible for the development and delivery of activities that connect people creatively with dignified food provision, skills development opportunities and their community.
Isabel Molloy, Street Arts Youth Worker
Isabel works alongside Michael on our Street Arts project to engage young people on the streets of Wester Hailes.
Anne Monk, Finance Officer
Anne is a qualified chartered accountant, with extensive experience in the private and public sector in accounting and value for money studies including seven years working at OSCR, the Scottish Charity Regulator. Before joining WHALE Anne was part of the award winning project team establishing Revenue Scotland the Scottish tax administration body.
Craig Tyrie, Community Reporter
Craig writes the majority of content for the Digital Sentinel, the local news website for Wester Hailes, keeping up to date with community news and finding out what’s on in the local area. He runs weekly IT drop-ins, here at WHALE or at Clovenstone Community Centre. He is always on the lookout for local people who are interested in becoming volunteer community reporters and writing their own stories and content for the website.