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Our Board

Allan Fruish (Acting Chair)

Retired since 2008, Allan’s career was based in the international side of the Food and Drink industry. He was first employed by the Distillers Company Group working initially in administration and then moving to sales and marketing. His last position with the company was as Area Manager for Bells, Haigs and VAT 69 for the countries covered by the Indian Sub-Continent.

He has also been an Export Manager for Lees of Scotland, had a period of self-employment working for a number of companies in the international field and was Export Manager for the group Gray Dunn Biscuits, Hill Biscuits and Ryecroft Foods.

Allan was also an Advisor in the Scottish Enterprise / Business Gateway networks.

Colin Beveridge (Company Secretary)

Colin is a retired chartered management accountant (FCMA). He trained in industry with Rolls Royce, was a director of Caithness Glass in the 70’s and then spent 17 years with the Ministry of Defence. In the eighties Colin hada  brief experience as a Councillor with Bearsden & Milngavie District Council. He has a Master’s Degree in Politics and owns a small health care business. Colin also acts as Company Secretary for Cumbernauld Theatre.

Melissa Deans

Melissa Deans is a fluent Gàidhlig speaking actor and drama facilitator from Cumbernauld.  She attended Cumbernauld Youth Theatre for seven years before continuing her training at Reid Kerr and finally Motherwell College, where she graduated with a 1st class honours degree in acting.  Since graduating in 2013 Melissa has toured and performed under her stage name of MJ Deans with the National Theatre of Scotland, Horse & Bamboo Theatre Company, Bard in the Botanics, White Stag and Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

As a facilitator, she has led workshops in English and Gaelic all over Scotland, working for companies such as Cumbernauld Theatre, Scottish Youth Theatre and Scotrail, teaching drama skills to young people and adults.

Melissa has recently started playwrighting and has a play in development with NTS as part of their Starter for 10 residency.

Iain Mackenzie

Iain is a retired social worker, who was latterly Senior Social Worker at Falkirk Learning Disability Team and at Falkirk Hospitals. He was also Senior Review Officer with Falkirk Council. He has long experience of working through change and challenge with individuals and organizations, and in providing services designed to be of best value in terms of budgets and outcomes. After a career of over 34 years, Iain retired from the social work profession in 2014.
Iain is also secretary to the Friends of Cumbernauld House Park.
Iain has been playing in bands for several decades, has much experience of this aspect of the popular arts, and a working knowledge of the dynamics of putting on a show. In the 1990s, Iain and his band, Big Ted, performed in a number of shows with Cumbernauld Youth Theatre, providing a musical presence over 4 years of involvement.
A keen photographer and writer, Iain is a supporter of all the arts, and has a particular interest in community participation in creativity and performance.

Karen McDougall

Karen is an accomplished HR Consultant who has long service with Scottish Power.  She is a qualified Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (MCIPD).  During her career she has developed many skills such as Organisational Design & Development, Reward Management, Project Management and Case Consultancy including Coaching and Mediation.

Karen is a keen supporter of the arts and in her spare time enthusiastically takes part in Amateur Dramatic Shows with Theatre Guild Glasgow, East Kilbride Amateur Dramatic Society and the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA).  Not only does Karen enjoy appearing on stage but she also spent several years as Business Secretary on the Theatre Guild’s Committee, which gave her a great appreciation of organising all the aspects of putting a production on stage.

Adam Smith

Adam is a senior officer within the Public and Commercial Services Union, holding regional and national roles, and works within the Banking operational unit of a UK Government department.

He is a Board member of both CultureNL and Sanctuary Cumbernauld Housing Association, and he is also the Chair of Cumbernauld Community Development Trust, as well as holding a large number of additional community roles such as Third Sector Representative to the North Lanarkshire Local Area Partnership (North Area) and Community Councillor for the Kildrum area.

He is also a freelance writer and author, and has been acting and performing in various roles for film and television since 2005. He has a certificate in Theatre Arts from the University of Strathclyde. Adam is a member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), and a member of the Theatre Union BECTU.

Taroub Zahran

Taroub has a portfolio of interests and acts as a consultant, advisor, non-executive director and mentor having worked extensively in public service and the public sector as a Chief Executive and Executive Director in a range of roles largely focused on organisational transformation and change, leadership and people. Experience includes Glasgow Housing Association, the NHS, Student Loans Company, small and family businesses and voluntary sector organisations. She is also a Steering Group member of the 2% Club which aims to create and encourage a pipeline of female and younger talent and is on the boards of two charities.

Taroub loves travelling, being in Wester Ross – enjoys sailing, boating and walking there and when in Glasgow enjoys the arts, sings in a choir and likes to row on the Clyde.

Councillor Claire Barclay

Councillor Junaid Ashraf