Creative Carbon Scotland has added expertise in climate solutions, business change and a creative practitice through new board members. Ragne Low, Lewis Hetherington, Clare Harris Matthew Rate have joined the board at an exciting time in the organisation’s development.
Creative Carbon Scotland believe that the arts and culture have an essential role in achieving the transformational change to a sustainable future, and these new additions will help to strengthen our work.
A climate expert board
Ragne is an expert on the climate crisis and energy policy. She holds a post at the Scottish Government where she works on the decarbonisation of heating. She was formerly at the Centre for Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde, and before that was Programme Manager of ClimateXChange, Scotland’s centre of expertise on climate change. She has a long track record of working with academic and policy communities to generate research impact and help inform policy and practice across climate change mitigation and adaptation. Ragne comes from a public policy background, with nine years’ experience at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She is also the Chair of the Board at Sniffer.
“This is a time of tremendous opportunity to drive positive change and Creative Carbon Scotland is in a unique position to help organisations and communities to address their climate impacts and adapt to our changing climate. I’m thrilled to be joining the Creative Carbon Scotland Board and really look forward to supporting Creative Carbon Scotland’s innovative work at the intersection of culture and climate change action.”
An arts board
Lewis is a Glasgow-based playwright and theatre-maker whose work is rooted in collaboration and storytelling. His previous work with the National Theatre of Scotland includes Tin Forest: South West, Instructions for Butterfly Collectors (Traverse) and The Archivist (Òran Mór). As associate of Analogue he has won two Fringe Firsts and the Arches Brick Award for his work on Mile End, Beachy Head, 2401 Objects (with Oldenburg Staatstheater) and Stowaway. With Catrin Evans he wrote and directed Leaving Planet Earth for Grid Iron, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Other theatre credits include 5 (National Youth Theatre), A Perfect Child, Sea Change(Òran Mór), Friends Electric (Visible Fictions), Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood andGoldilocks (Platform). With Ailie Cohen he created The Secret Life of Suitcases (Unicorn) and Cloud Man both of which are currently touring internationally. Lewis’ work has been presented throughout the Scotland and the rest of the world including performances in Australia, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Germany, USA and Japan. He is a former Board member of the Playwrights Studio Scotland.
He has been working as the Embedded Artist with Bike for Good on ‘Velocommunities‘, the 1000th Climate Challenge Fund project, to use theatre and video to document and explore Glasgow’s transition to a more sustainable city.
“As an artist I’m always interested in telling stories which are not being told, asking questions which don’t have easy answers, and amplifying urgent concerns about the world.
For me it’s really about creating space for new ways of seeing the world, giving audience a chance to reassess and reflect. That’s why I think the arts have an absolutely integral role in the way we talk about sustainability, it encourages us to explore complicated, mysterious, ambiguous terrain, to face real beauty and real horror on personal and universal scales, and begin to process what world we live in now, and how we might change it.”
Clare has taken over as the Director of SCAN (Scottish Contemporary Arts Network), a founding member of Creative Carbon Scotland, and takes the place on the board of their former director. She has a background in publishing and communications and has edited a range of award-winning titles covering arts, culture and social affairs. Her experience includes working with organisations across the UK, including The Big Issue and Scottish Refugee Council. Her work in the arts includes communications support for CCA, Trongate 103 and Glasgow International, as well as time spent co-ordinating Glasgow’s Youth Music Forum.
“We know that artists and visual art organisations are able to create innovative ways of questioning the way we live, and as such we believe it’s important for SCAN to be part of this discussion. SCAN is committed to supporting the work of Creative Carbon Scotland, and to growing our own role to positively influence the wider sector and public to be engaged with environmental challenges.”
A changing board
Matthew is Head of Portfolio management at Fujitsu having previously worked as Head of Strategy & Business Change at Fujitsu, UK and Ireland and in Fujitsu Services as a Business Servies Lead and Business Transformation Manager. He has a masters in Business Administration from the University of Edinburgh. He originally worked with Creative Carbon Scotland through a placement organised by the Foundation for Social Improvement which works to offer strategic support to small charities.
See the full Creative Carbon Scotland board and find out about the full range of expertise helping to set the strategic direction of the organisation.
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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.
In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.
We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.
Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:
Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.
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