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
image credit: Mark Swaroop Photography
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.
KIRSTY SOMERVILLE, FESTIVALS AND NETWORKS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
I am passionate about the ability of film to educate, inspire and engage audiences: a wonderfully powerful tool, helping to connect people on a global scale while providing us with a more nuanced understanding of the world we live in – and our part in shaping it. I joined Take One Action as the Festivals and Volunteers Coordinator in March 2016 and I look forward to helping bring together another fantastic year of programming which celebrates cinema’s ability to act as a catalyst for discussion and debate on issues of social, political and environmental importance, and to share the inspiring stories of the people fighting for change in our world. Before joining TOA I worked with a range of arts festivals and production companies, including Auckland Arts Festival, Christchurch Arts Festival, CCA and Cryptic. From these roles, and my academic background in Film Studies, I have developed a great love of the celebratory nature of festivals and the power of cinema – I look forward to bringing this all to TOA!
LISA HOUGH STEWART, CHAIR
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.
KEITH ARMSTRONG, TRUSTEE
Biography to follow
JOSEPH BLYTHE, TRUSTEE
Joe is a PR and communications professional working within the Scottish cultural sector. 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. Currently with the National Theatre of Scotland, he has previously worked closely with a number of leading festivals and arts organisations, including The Arches, the Edinburgh Mela, Glasgow Film Festival, Company of Wolves, and as a freelance journalist.
LINDSAY DUNBAR, TRUSTEE
With 15 years experience as a strategic leader, project manager and producer, Lindsay is a ‘cultural crofter’ nurturing and tending to creative projects in rural areas, as well as innovative urban arts. She has worked across public art, festivals, theatre, music, film and dance. She is driven by new ways of engaging audiences and exploring how culture can create positive actions and change.
DR ELLIE LOGAN, TRUSTEE
Ellie currently lives on the Isle of Gigha where she is renovating a property which will host art based retreats. Ellie has a PhD in Soil Science and has previously run her own renewable energy consultancy. She has also worked in a senior capacity with a range of voluntary organisations including Soil Association Scotland and Voluntary Action Fund, as well as holding a variety of public appointments with BBC Scotland, Comic Relief, and Children in Need Appeal. As well as being mired in island life she also works as a community musician and has her own community theatre production company.
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.
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 challenge 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 has worked on the Barefoot In Business campaign celebrating the efforts of female entrepreneurs in Uganda and inspiring the next generation of empowered entrepreneurs here in Scotland through screening the Barefoot In Business documentary in schools across the country. 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.