Our team

From staff to volunteers and trustees, a lot of people work behind the scenes to bring world-changing ideas, opportunities and films to life in Scotland.


Ken Loach


Ken Loach is an award-winning British film and television director. He is known for his naturalistic, social realist directing style and for his commitment to social equality, which are evident in his body of work. His films include Cathy Come Home, Kes, My Name Is Joe, The Angels’ Share andI, Daniel Blake.


Paul Laverty is a Scottish lawyer and screenwriter, who has worked with director Ken Loach on over a dozen feature films, including the Cannes award winners The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Sweet Sixteen and I, Daniel Blake. His screenplays are meticulously researched and delve into complex social issues, such as migrant labour, unemployment and conflict.



After volunteering with Take One Action back in 2014, Daisy developed a keen interest in the inspiring and impactful potential of film. She channelled this interest during her master’s degree in Arts & Society at Utrecht University before setting up and coordinating a free, sustainable film festival in Amsterdam in October 2018.

Before joining TOA as Festivals Assistant in 2019, Daisy worked at a variety of arts initiatives in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. She is excited to be part of the Take One Action team and to help the organisation deliver on its commitment to connecting films, communities and campaigners to cultivate the stories at the heart of positive change and question unjust systems.


After attending their first screening at Take One Action, Xuanlin was struck by how the festival provided an answer to a crucial question: cinema is an incredibly powerful storytelling tool, but how do we harness that power to create transformative change, here and now? Attending the festival played an important part in solidifying Xuanlin’s research interests as a university student, shaping their commitments to environmental justice theory, ecofeminism, the politics of care, and more-than-human politics.

Xuanlin is excited to continue expanding cinema’s storytelling role in the social change ecosystem – and explore new frameworks through which we can build greater solidarities for human and more-than-human flourishing.



Lindsay Dunbar is a cultural leader, project manager and innovation producer based in Inverness.Lindsay has 15 years of experience nurturing creative projects with a community or rural focus with specific expertise in developing specialism and area-focused networks, rural touring, youth engagement, events and communications. She is driven by new ways of engaging audiences and exploring how culture can create positive actions and change.


Keith is a Director at one of the UK’s major energy companies. Working as part of its retail leadership team, he focuses his time on managing energy efficiency and fuel poverty support programmes (which have funded improvements to hundreds of thousands of homes over the past 5 years) and manages the delivery of business change and transformation.  He joined the board in 2011 after being inspired by Take One Action’s screenings and events.


Joseph Blythe

Joe is an experienced PR and communications professional working within the Scottish cultural sector. Currently with the National Theatre of Scotland, he has previously worked with a number of leading cultural festivals and organisations, including the Glasgow Film Festival and its sister Glasgow Short Film Festival and Glasgow Youth Film Festival events, The Arches, the Edinburgh Mela, and as a freelance journalist. A keen filmgoer, he is a staunch believer in the power of journalism and documentary cinema, and a passionate advocate of the role culture can play in changing lives and communities.


Lisa Hough Stewart

A passionate campaigner with a background in media and comms, corporate social responsibility, reporting, and policy development, Lisa is currently working as Communications and Mobilisation lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and previously led on campaigns and communications for Oxfam Scotland. She holds a BA in Journalism and Politics and an MA in Human Rights, and has previous work experience in sustainability reporting, ethical policy development and media relations in the private sector. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland with her husband and dog, where she plays saxophone in her spare time with boisterous community band SambaYaBamba.


Kristina has worked on a variety of social and environmental justice projects- from small community-based initiatives to documentary driven campaigns. She is an alumni of the interdisciplinary MLitt in Environment, Culture and Communications (University of Glasgow) which provides an insight from the social sciences and humanities into the complex challenges of sustainability. Kristina facilitated the Ethnic Minority Environmental Network at CEMVO Scotland involving minority ethnic communities in strategic conversations about climate change and sustainable development policies. Kristina is passionate about local food economies and co-founded Propagate – a collective of practitioners developing and supporting urban food projects and enterprises in Glasgow. Since 2018 Kristina has been working with Community Land Scotland to raise awareness of land reform in the urban context and to support communities taking ownership of land and buildings in Scotland’s towns and cities to create thriving and sustainable places.


Angus is Head of Nordoff Robbins in Scotland, a leading independent music therapy charity, with centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Fife. His current remit covers the delivery of music therapy services, income generation from all sources and public affairs in Scotland. Angus has more than 20 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector for charities that focus on medical research and service delivery, the arts, the environment and international development. For more than half that time he filled senior roles, responsible for strategic planning, leading teams and managing high level external relationships.