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. If you know who you want to reach you can message them below. Alternatively, send us a general enquiry.


Patrons

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 socialism, which are evident in his body of work. His films include 'Cathy Come Home', 'Kes', 'My Name Is Joe' and 'The Angels' Share'.

Paul Laverty

Paul Laverty is a Scottish lawyer and screenwriter, who has worked with director Ken Loach on nine feature films. His screenplays are meticulously researched and often look at social issues, such as migrant labour, unemployment and conflict.


Staff

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 commitment to a fairer world. 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. After an initial stint programming members' screenings at BAFTA Scotland at the beginning of the millennium, she joined Moonstone, a Sundance-inspired training and development initiative, in 2002. From 2008 to 2013, she project managed ENGAGE (a pan-European, MEDIA-funded training scheme for emerging filmmakers, based at Screen Academy Scotland), supporting over 120 emerging writers, directors and screenwriters. 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 has been on the board of the Berwick-upon-Tweed Film and Media Arts Festival since its creation in 2005. Selected for Guiding Lights in 2010, she was mentored by Sandra Hebron.

Kirsty Somerville Festivals and Volunteers Coordinator

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!


Trustees

Lucinda Broadbent Trustee

Hi I'm one of the founders of media co-op. We're a workers co-operative in Glasgow, we make campaigning films, mostly with NGOs and the public sector, sometimes for TV & cinema. I've been an activist for decades, mostly on feminist, LGBT, peace and international justice issues.

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.

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.

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.