meet The Board

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Witsherface Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation was formed in 2022 with the aim of making the arts accessible to everyone and to developing talent here in Scotland.  We are lucky to be supported by an amazing board that come with a host of experiences and backgrounds from within the arts.  The board are involved in all the projects developed and delivered by WitsHerface SCIO and hold regular meetings.   

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Isabella 
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Chair

Isabella currently works in television as Development Coordinator for BBC River City. Prior to working on the Scottish soap, she cut her teeth as a theatre producer, including with Glasgow’s lunchtime theatre company, a Play, a Pie and a Pint where she worked on just shy of 100 new plays. She has previously been involved with Witsherface as Producer, staging three live shows in venues across Glasgow including Webster’s, Oran Mor and Tramway with the Citizens’ Theatre. Isabella is passionate about telling new stories and unearthing new voices to tell them. She is delighted to be a part of Witsherface again.

April Chamberlain

Treasurer

April is a producer and director with extensive experience in the television and theatre industries.

 

From 2016 to 2020, April was co-Artistic Director of Glasgow Lunchtime Theatre, where she curated and produced a programme of 36 new plays per year.

 

April was Chair of the Royal Television Society Scotland until 2020. She was Chair of Judges for the Royal Television Society Scotland Awards from 2013 - 2017.

 

From 1996 to 2012 April was co-founder, owner and Managing Director of The Comedy Unit Ltd, a multi award-winning television and radio production company that produced many hit Scottish comedy programmes including: Still Game, Rab C Nesbitt, Chewin' the Fat, The Karen Dunbar Show, Only an Excuse? Gary Tank Commander, Burnistoun, Fags, Mags & Bags and Limmy’s Show. 

 

April is Chair of the Citizens' Theatre Glasgow.  

 

Previous trustee positions held include:  Women in Film & Television UK, Cryptic, Scottish Screen, Scottish Ballet, BOOST Employability.

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Maeve MacKinnon

Secretary

Maeve Mackinnon is an award-winning Gaelic singer from Glasgow. Her voice was described by Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2) as “exquisite”, and Songlines magazine described her 2018 album release as, “an album of stunning Gaelic songs delivered by an equally stunning Gaelic voice”.

 

Maeve has released three solo albums in 10 years to critical acclaim. Between albums, she has tutored for various organisations and toured nationally and internationally with her own band, as well as with renowned musical groups such as The Stepcrew, Salsa Celtica and McFall’s Chamber. With a deep love also for theatre, between 2012-2013 she was National Theatre Scotland’s Associate Artist (Gaelic).

 

2018 saw the release of her third album, Strì, to four and five star reviews. She received a nomination at the MG Alba Trad Music Awards for Gaelic Singer of the Year in 2018.

 

A recently qualified lawyer, Maeve continues to be involved wherever possible in music and theatre productions

Lisa HazleHurst

Board Member

Lisa began life as a TV reporter and presenter for several broadcasters before moving into programming, looking after shows from Great British Menu to Escape to the Country.

Lisa is Chair of the Royal Television Society Scotland Awards and is a BAFTA judge and Member of BAFTA Scotland.

Lisa is the Head of Lion TV  Scotland, is Executive Producer of all its output and was responsible for successfully completing the move of Lion’s flagship show Homes Under the Hammer (BBC One) to Glasgow.

Lisa works across a range of genre from Daytime show Hoarder SOS (Channel 4), living history series The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts (BBC Two); Arts documentary Stealing Van Gogh (BBC Two) and Entertainment show Time Commanders (BBC Four).

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