We have a dynamic team at CCA, headed up by Francis McKee, our Director, and the Board of Directors. Find out more about Francis and the CCA Board below.
CCA team members
Director: Francis McKee
General Manager: Ailsa Nazir
Administrator: Michael-Alan Read
Events Manager: Arlene Steven - please note Arlene's new email address, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use this address for all future correspondence.
Senior Curator: Remco de Blaaij
Curator: Ainslie Roddick
Public Engagement Curator: Viviana Checchia
Programme Development Manager: Kerri Moogan
Programme Admin Assistant: Jennifer Bailey
Communications Manager: Julie Cathcart - please contact for all press enquiries.
Communications Officer: Ailie Crerar
Technical Manager: Kenny Christie
Technical Assistant: John Pooley
Digital Film & Video Technician: Chris MacInnes
Gallery Manager: Alan Kean
Maintenance Supervisor: Jon Young
Venue Technician: Keir Long
Alternatively, you can contact our general enquiries email.
Francis McKee is a tutor and research fellow at Glasgow School of Art, working on the development of open source ideologies. From 2005 to 2008 he was also curator of Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art.
He has curated many exhibitions including This Peaceful War, The Jumex Collection for the first Glasgow International in 2005; Zenomap (together with Kay Pallister), the presentation of new work from Scotland for the Venice Biennale in 2003; and he was one of the curators invited to contribute in Lyon Biennale 2007. Previously, Francis worked as a historian of medicine for the Wellcome Trust and as Head of Programme at CCA.
For the past fifteen years he has written extensively on the work of artists such as Christine Borland, Willie Docherty, Ross Sinclair, Douglas Gordon, Matthew Barney, Simon Starling, Catherine Yass, Joao Penalva, Kathy Prendergast and Pipilotti Rist. A recent collection of essays has been published and he was one of seven writers to collaborate on a sci-fi novel entitled Philip. Selections of his writing are also available on his website: francismckee.net
Board of Directors
Lauren Dyer Amazeen is Chair of the Board. She writes regularly for Artforum, and has written for Tema Celeste contemporary art magazine (Milan), Crawford fashion magazine (Athens), Paletten contemporary Swedish arts journal and ArtReview. She is a member of the Association of International Art Critics (AICA). Lauren was Director of The Kitchen, the international center for video, music, performance, dance, literature and film in New York City during the 1990s. During the 1980s she worked closely with the founders of ZKM (center for art and media technology) in Karlsruhe, Germany to design a model for bringing artists and technologies together. She curated the inaugural video exhibition Soul Search for the ZKM Multimediale 1 in 1989 and served as a consultant for the initial purchases of the ZKM's video art collection. She contributed to the 20th Anniversary publication and a contributor to the Karlsruhe Artists’ Recollection. She has given lectures around her work in the UK, Sweden and within Europe; including the Glasgow School of Art, Common Guild, Malmö Art Academy in Sweden, the ZKM and Strathallan School, Scotland. She received her MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts and completed post graduate studies in art history with honors at Radcliffe College, Harvard University. She completed studies in visual arts and writing at Bennington College and attended the School of International Training, Vermont. Lauren is a Fellow of the RSA, London, and a member of The Frontline Club. She sits on the Council of Friends of Glasgow School of Art and is a founding Trustee of Outset Scotland. She is a Dennistoun Community Councillor in Glasgow.
Emma Nicolson is Co-chair of the Program and Education subcommittee. She recently took up the post as founding director of ATLAS, a new agency for the creation of contemporary art based on the Isle of Skye. For three years prior to this she was a senior manager at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney. She has worked in senior positions at the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, where she was responsible for devising a number of strategic innovations and projects, such as iPod exhibition tours with Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman and a series of touring exhibitions to Aberdeen, Glasgow, Inverness, Newcastle and Skye. Emma has a commitment to contemporary arts practice particularly that which explores a multidisciplinary approach and engages collaboratively with the community. On Skye she is a member of the Gaelic college Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s Visual Arts Committee.
Alison Fitzsimons is part of the Business Development team with Tilney in Scotland. Alison leads business development with Tilney’s professional partners and is responsible for both building and maintaining those relationships. Alison is the main point of contact for Tilney’s strategic partnership with the Law Society of Scotland. Prior to joining, Alison achieved a Law degree with distinction from Glasgow University and worked as a trainee solicitor. Law was her second degree having gained a BA in Marketing & Finance from Strathclyde Business School. In addition, she holds the Investment Management Certificate Level 4 and the Securities Unit from the Investment Advice Diploma. Alison is actively involved with Marie Curie and is a member of The Outward Bound Trust’s Scottish Council.
Richard Sullivan has 20 years experience in the third sector, both as a volunteer and a professional and 12 years professional experience in the public and private sectors. He passionately understands the need, dedication and commitment required to successfully sustain the advancement of social justice. Richard's expertise and skills relate particularly to strategic development, developing policies and procedures, increasing turnover and funding income and managing the resulting contracts and service level agreements to the satisfaction of funding partners and clients’ thorough sound financial management and astute resource allocation.
Dr Dominic Paterson is Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow. He has written widely on contemporary art, including texts on Christine Borland, Martin Soto Climent, Anne-Marie Copestake, Kate Davis, Lucy Gunning, Alex Impey, Scott Myles, Jimmy Robert, Corin Sworn, and Stina Wirfelt (amongst others). Dr Paterson has organised many artist talks and other discursive events, including a series of ‘Primer’ talks in collaboration with The Common Guild which have featured artists such as Karla Black, Duncan Campbell, Phil Collins, and Hayley Tompkins. In 2012 he participated in the group exhibitions Adaptation at Collective, Edinburgh, What We Have Done, What We Are About To Do, CCA, Glasgow, and Prawn’s Pee, part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Glasgow.
Alastair Mackenzie is Head of Product Office with Shawbrook Bank. He has worked in Financial Services for over 25 years, with more than 15 years in senior management positions within market leading Banking, Wealth Management, and Trustee and Depositary businesses. He brings expertise in strategies for Investments, Risk, and Regulatory Change. During his career he has managed the investments of a number of well-known Scottish Charities and Endowments, and he has previously served on council of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, during which time he was elected as Honorary Treasurer.
Virginia Anderson is Head of Fundraising at Bobath Scotland, has worked with charities, community groups, and corporate responsibility since 2001 and has more than twenty years’ experience of volunteering, from board membership to working outdoors with young people. She was previously Chair of Glasgow Fiddle Workshop and Director of Development at Scottish Ballet, with a background in a range of national charities. She brings experience of fundraising, senior management, strategy and governance in the arts and not for profit organisations. She currently sits on the board of the Fruit Tree Foundation, a project dedicated to mental health and music. Virginia has a particular interest in strategic giving and philanthropy.
Dr Ima Jackson is an experienced clinician, lecturer, researcher and project manager and has spent most of her career working with marginalised groups: initially pregnant women in the poorest parts of London and Glasgow, and in more recent years with refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in Scotland. Her research interest is in migration, in particular transnational workforce issues, ethical recruitment processes, migrant health and healthcare infrastructure needs and gendered migration policy. Her focus is on community engagement and capacity building and her work develops from a migrant perspective. She has been inspired in her career by the ability of creative arts to interpret and disseminate the complex often emotive issues within migration. She is a steering group member of GRAMNET and currently works with cross party parliamentarians, migrant organisations, activists, artists, researchers and policymakers investigating and supporting the development of Scotland’s local, national and international perspective on aspects of migration and immigration within the context of increased devolution post the independence referendum and subsequently Brexit.
Patricia Cain is a practicing artist with a special interest in art and cognition. Formerly a dual qualified lawyer, she received her PhD from GSA and teaches/talks regularly on the interplay between art, science and architecture. She won both the Aspect and Threadneedle Prizes for work undertaken whilst on-site during the construction of Glasgow’s Riverside Museum and her recent exhibitions, Drawing (on) Riverside (Kelvingrove Art Gallery) and Build (London Festival of Architecture) have focused on her deep interest in the city’s heritage within the skills of its inhabitants. Her current work focuses on how artists ‘construct’ themselves.