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 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.
TAMARA VAN STRIJTHEM, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Having worked in the film festival and training sectors for many years, Tamara has devoted much energy to bringing a wide range of films to diverse audiences. Through Take One Action, this steadfast belief in the power of films to open the mind is now aligned with her interests in system change. Prior to joining Take One Action in 2013, Tamara worked as a project manager and programmer for film festivals in Germany, Québec, China and the UK, as well as BAFTA Scotland and Moonstone, a Sundance-inspired training and development initiative. As Project Manager for Mark Cousins and Tilda Swinton’s 8½ Foundation, she helped thousands of children in Scotland access a wider range of classic and international cinema. She was part of the founding team and sat on the board of the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival from its creation in 2005 until 2014.
ACCESS & ENGAGEMENT OFFICER
Caitlin is a Glasgow based artist, filmmaker and researcher, who tries to create new ways of thinking about disability within her work. Having focused her creative practice on film over the last few years Caitlin has come to understand how important it is for reaching new audiences and telling stories which would otherwise be unheard.
Caitlin has undertaken a variety of roles with different arts organisations and has a keen interest in inclusion and accessibility within the arts. Having worked alongside Take One Action in previous roles, she is excited to take on this position as Community Engagement and Access Officer to help implement and deliver their values and policies towards equality, inclusion and accessibility.
DAISY CROOKE, FESTIVALS OFFICER
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, 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 empower audiences.
FIBI COWLEY, FESTIVALS & MARKETING ASSISTANT
Fibi is a Glasgow-based artist and arts organiser interested in the transformative nature of film, and whose research centres communal trance practices from the ancient to the contemporary. Therefore, her work prioritises the facilitation of positive and accessible encounters with video arts.
Having graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2019 with a degree in Intermedia Art, Fibi has worked in both behind-the-scenes and front-of-house roles in a variety of Arts venues in Edinburgh. Initially beginning her involvement with Take One Action as a volunteer, Fibi is excited to be extending her role within the festival as a member of the team.
XUANLIN THAM, NEW PROMOTER
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.
Now being able to work at TOA, 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, CHAIR
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 ARMSTRONG, TRUSTEE
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, TRUSTEE
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, TRUSTEE
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 NITSOLOVA, TRUSTEE
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 NELSON, TRUSTEE
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.