CHARTS has many different project teams consisting of freelance staff commissioned on a project-by-project basis. CHARTS staff members work to fixed-term contracts to support arts and heritage commissions and projects with costs met by project funders. Additionally, during 2022–23, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the Scottish Government provided funding to secure the employed positions of Gaelic Culture Officer and Islands Culture Officer, respectively. All staff work closely across project themes as appropriate, forging skills networks to ensure that all strategic goals are met. Argyll and Bute Council provide year-round in-kind support and, during 2022–23, provided a foundational grant to contribute in part towards core staffing costs and operational delivery.
Àdhamh Ó Broin, Oifigear Cultair Ghàidhlig / Gaelic Culture Officer
Àdhamh Ó Broin is a Gael of mixed Irish and Scottish Highland ancestry, brought up between mainland Argyll and Glasgow. Àdhamh has been involved in the arts his entire adult life as a Gaelic Consultant, Film Producer, Write, MC and Multi-Instrumentalist Composer. He is a passionate Gaelic speaker, singer and tradition bearer.
As Gaelic Culture Officer, Àdhamh is responsible for the strategic development of Gaelic cultural services for Argyll and Bute. This includes designing and supporting projects and award schemes and promoting the CHARTS network among Gaelic arts, heritage, and cultural communities. This role is designed to meet key cultural objectives aligned with the Argyll and Bute Gaelic Language Plan and the National Language Plan. This role is funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and supported by Argyll and Bute Council.
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Caitlin McNeill, Islands Project Officer
Caitlin McNeill has a background in community development, a law degree and has been involved in Colonsay Community Development Company (CCDC) as their Director and as CCDC’s Local Development Officer.
As Islands Officer, Caitlin’s post is designed to assist island communities in Argyll and Bute, supporting new and existing arts, culture, and heritage projects and helping to reinvigorate local economies. Caitlin works with additional staff team members and the CHARTS Steering Group to grow creative networks and projects across island communities to develop visitor experiences sensitive to island needs. This role is funded by the Scottish Government, supported by Argyll and Bute Council.
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Deirdre MacKenna, International and Islands Engagement Manager
Born and brought up in north Argyll, Deirdre has over 20 years of experience as a culture producer and mediator, gained by devising and delivering programmes and partnerships in micro-local, regional and international contexts. Her passion is enabling people to gain insight into the intangible aspects of our lives, such as long-term change in language, identity and sense of place. Deirdre has led the curatorial programming for University of Dundee, Stills (Scotland’s Centre for Photography) and Cultural Documents and teaches for University of the Highlands and Islands.
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Kathleen O’Neill, Director
Kathleen has extensive national and international leadership experience, including arts, heritage museums and regeneration projects and is a Board member of Museums Galleries Scotland. Kathleen is a former member of the International Think Tank, Creative Scotland, is an alumni of the Byam Shaw School of Art and holds an MSc in Environment, Policy and Heritage, from the University of Stirling.
As Director, Kathleen has an overview to continually develop the impact of CHARTS.
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Khara MacPhail, Heritage Learning and Access Assistant at Campbeltown Museum
Living in Campbeltown, Khara MacPhail has built practical experience in museums and heritage through working with the local community in various roles. In 2022, Khara completed her Museums and Galleries Technician Modern Apprenticeship obtained through the CHARTS Modern Apprenticeship scheme in partnership with liveArgyll, Museums Galleries Scotland and Skills Development Scotland. Khara is currently studying for an undergraduate degree in History and has always been interested in heritage.
Khara is based at Campbeltown Museum. Her role involves assisting visitors and planning and organising public engagement events and opportunities for everyone in the community to get involved in their heritage, along with researching the collection and developing new interpretation texts.
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Kirsten Millar, Communications and Marketing Manager
Kirsten Millar is an artist living and working on the West Coast of Scotland. Her artistic practice is centred around the industrial heritage of Argyll and perceptions of Scottish landscapes. Kirsten has a BA and MA in Contemporary Art Practice and SCQF level 6 in digital marketing obtained through the CHARTS Modern Apprenticeship scheme (2021-22).
As Communications and Marketing Manager, Kirsten continually aims to raise the profile of CHARTS work managing digital and print media, website and socials, with close communications with all project managers and contributes to all evaluation processes. Kirsten works closely with CHARTS 500+ members of individuals and organisations across the arts and heritage sector to amplify their voices while managing day-to-day operations.
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Kirsty MacNab, Reconnected Research Manager
Originally from Kintyre and now living in Dunoon, Kirsty MacNab is an independent curator and freelance museum professional. Kirsty has worked in the fine art curatorial team at The McManus, Dundee, and in exhibition management at The University of Edinburgh. Kirsty is passionate about Scottish art, demystifying routes into the cultural sector, and accessible storytelling. Kirsty previously worked for CHARTS as the Project Manager (South Argyll) for the 2021-22 Heritage Horizons scheme.
As Research Manager for Reconnected, Kirsty explores the Argyll Collection’s fascinating inventory, histories and stories, sharing these far and wide to help develop an understanding of the artists and artworks the collection contains, creating a modern-day legacy for the collection and people of Argyll.
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Lucy McAra Neish, Argyll Aspires Project Manager
Lucy McAra Neish has 25 years of teaching experience and 10 years of experience as an SQA appointee working with young people, promoting creativity through Expressive Arts and Heritage.
Through Argyll Aspires, she has worked closely with the Argyll Collection and Mount Stuart to create an exhibition curated by secondary school pupils from Rothesay Academy. The Argyll Collection is a group of 173 artworks established as a learning resource for young people. The experience has provided school pupils with insight into curatorial skills and access to heritage professionals to produce a learning resource which other children throughout the area can benefit from.
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Mary Morrison, Consultation and Strategic Support Coastal Cultures
Mary Morrison is a project manager and creative producer from the Isle of Harris who grew up in Scalpay. Mary has extensive experience in developing networks and delivering support to creative businesses and organisations in rural areas and has previously supported the Islands Team as the Consultation and Strategic Support.
Mary is a contemporary visual artist with an in-depth knowledge of Scotland’s creative sector. Mary has worked in the film industry as an animator, workshop leader and award-winning producer after an initial placement with Comataidh Craolaidh Gaidhlig. From 2009 to early 2023, Mary managed the Creative Arts Business Network, providing support to individuals and organisations and worked with a range of partners on the ground and at a strategic level to develop opportunities and longer-term support for the sector.
Additionally, Mary has an HNC in Tourism: Heritage and Environmental Interpretation from Lews Castle College, Stornoway, as part of a Community Enterprise initiative across the Highlands and Islands.
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Muriel MacKaveney, Project Facilitator
Muriel has an MLitt Scottish Heritage from the University of the Highlands and Islands and has extensive knowledge of Argyll culture and heritage. Muriel's main focus in Heritage has been on intangible cultural heritage, particularly traditional music, people's lived experiences, folklore and stories.
Since Muriel works with CHARTS on many projects across services, focusing on exercising infrastructure and enabling opportunities for heritage and young people.
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Ros McKenna, Reconnected Project Manager
Living in Colintraive, Ros has over 20 years of experience working in Museums, Galleries and Arts Education. Following roles in Exhibition Programming and Learning and Access within York Museums Trust and Glasgow Museums, Ros now owns and runs Tighnabruaich Gallery, working with artists to showcase high-quality arts practice. Ros is passionate about enabling creative and meaningful engagement in the arts and culture for all.
As Project Manager Reconnected. Ros' role includes exploring the Argyll Collection and, alongside Kirsty, the wider CHARTS team and Argyll & Bute Council to develop collaborative, creative and exciting methods to share the Collection, raising awareness and building a keen sense of pride and ownership amongst the Argyll and Bute population.
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Sarah Longfield, Argyll Aspires Project Manager
Sarah Longfield is currently working to support the young people on placement. Sarah is a creative business coach, facilitator, arts consultant and creative producer. She splits her time between supporting creative people to take action and developing interesting participatory arts projects across the cultural and heritage sectors. (Claire MacDade previously held this role).
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