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Our Structure

As a membership body, the CHARTS structure is three-tiered:

1) The CHARTS Board of Governance is informed by the CHARTS membership.

The role of the board is to support best regional cultural, arts and heritage practice to advantage educational, social and economic impact. The board aims to increase resource to enable progress and to highlight the regional, national and international capacity of the culture, heritage and arts sector in Argyll and Isles. This will include the ongoing provision of a high quality interactive, public and member orientated, website, and to support the sector through collaborative events, projects and meetings, sector training and member informed fundraising initiatives.

2) A Steering Group represents Argyll and Isles membership, to the CHARTS Board.

For purpose of research and development during the Council, LEADER and Creative Scotland supported Place Partnership (2017-2019) a Steering Group was recruited in a voluntary capacity from nine geographic Hub areas. This geographic format is now undergoing informed transition to incorporate core creative industry bodies in Argyll and Isles.

3) Development and Associate project staff, support member services

The Board currently commissions a Development Manager, Associate Youth Arts staff member and a Communications Coordinator. Professional supports are anticipated to increase, depedent on demand and available resource.

The Development Manager, supports all area development and membership services with report directly to the Board. All Associate project staff report to the Interim Development Manager, acting on behalf of the Board.

Current staffing is supported by Argyll and Bute Council, Creative Scotland and Cashback for Creativity.

Argyll and Bute Council also support the board, by single member representation in an ex-officio capacity.

Jo McLean (Chair)
A former Classical musician, Jo is a relationship builder with 10 years’ experience as a leader in the cultural sector. Jo has worked across sectors producing large scale events, often outdoors, and with an international scope. Her passion is for helping organisations improve their performance, whether that be through facilitating dialogue about purpose and goals, innovating business models, streamlining and digitising work processes or bringing people together to shape and align behind a vision. Jo has led and directed a number of ambitious projects aimed at cultural transformation delivering increased impact, though a progression of senior Executive and Board roles. After nearly five years leading The Touring Network, Jo has recently moved to a new role as Executive Director at The Clod Ensemble. She will split her time between London and Scotland.

Seymour Adams
Seymour Adams was Director of Corporate Governance at Croydon University Hospital NHS Trust from 2011 to 2014, having previously been Head of Corporate Governance at NHS London and, before that, Head of Human Rights in the UK Ministry of Justice. He was a non Executive Director of the Scotland Office from 2007 - 2015 (and Chair of its Audit Committee 2012-15). He is currently Chair of Historic Kilbride, and of the Lorn Archaeological and Historical Society; joint Secretary of the Oban Music Society and a member of the Scottish Community Heritage Alliance Working Group.

Councillor Jim Anderson
Retired from a career in Leisure Services for Argyll and Bute Council where he ended his time as Performance Manager, Jim is now a Councillor for the Dunoon ward. The Performance Manager role included the development and operation of all staff and facilities across the Leisure Service, co-ordinating events including the Labour Party European Delegates Conference and between 1994-2018 he was Vice Convener and Venue Co-ordinator for the Royal National Mod in Dunoon.  During his career he was committed to coaching the local swimming team which culminated in selection as a Youth Coach for Scotland. Hobbies include Swimming, Cycling and spending time with grandchildren.

Ellen Potter
Ellen has worked within the arts sector in Scotland for over twenty-five years as a cultural producer, fundraiser and project manager. She has worked with a wide range of artists and arts organisations to deliver some of the most ambitious, large-scale events staged in the UK and internationally. For the majority of her career she was Executive Director and joint CEO of NVA, a highly acclaimed public art charity that produced a significant body of work over the years that was designed to deliver public benefit and social outcomes through culture, heritage and the arts.

Joe Traynor
Joe has worked in museums and heritage for nearly 20 years, beginning his museum career at West Dunbartonshire Council. While at the Council, Joe was instrumental in Achieving Accreditation and Recognised Collection status. Launching the Creative Apprenticeship for museums in Scotland, he has been a pioneer of vocational learning and the breaking down of barriers for entrance to the museum workforce. Becoming involved in projects to re-purpose historic buildings and using heritage to inform the building of new health centres, Joe ended his time at West Dunbartonshire as Section Head of Culture and Creative Learning, eventually managing heritage, arts, learning across libraries, museums and cultural venues, and music services in schools. Having worked with the MA Board as Councillor in Scotland, the Committee of the Scottish Museums Federation, and as a Museum Mentor, Joe is a real advocate for meaningful engagement with, and advocacy of, museums in Scotland.

About Charts

The CHARTS network was conceived through the desire to create a sustainable future for the Culture, Heritage and Arts sector in Argyll.

It has been developed through Creative Scotland’s Place Partnership Programme, with additional European funding secured through the Leader programme.

Through extensive consultation with the sector and a 2 year programme of delivery, CHARTS is now a registered, membership-led charity (SCIO) which  aims to:

Our Funders

CHARTS is funded by Scottish Government, Argyll & Bute Council, Scottish Rural Development Programme, Argyll and the Islands Leader, The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Creative Scotland.

Our policies

Child protection policy
Conflict of interest policy
Complaints procedure policy
Environmental policy
Equalities and diversity policy
Support policy
Vulnerable adults policy

Our Partners and useful organisations

CHARTS works collaboratively with a number of key funders and organisations who help support and inform our direction; 

Creative Scotland 
Argyll and Bute Council  
Highlands and Islands Enterpris
Wild About Argyll 
Business Gateway 
Bòrd na Gàidhlig 
Argyll and the Islands LEADER Programme