Clare is an independent producer working primarily with arts and culture. Most recently she was co-founder and co-director of Mission Models Money (MMM), a network of thinkers and doers from the UK and elsewhere, whose goal was to transform the way people working with arts and culture used their resources to create great experiences which had deep public value. Prior to that she has had an extensive career in arts and cultural management and policy which started with the British Council in 1981. From 1991 to 2003 she specialised in fundraising and partnership development with a portfolio of diverse clients the largest of which was Laban where, from 1994 to 1999, she led the development of their award winning Hertzog & de Meuron building. In 1999 she moved to set up the capital campaign for Hampstead Theatre‘s new building. In 2001, she joined Arts & Business (A&B) first taking the role of Director of Development and then becoming their first Director of Policy & Communications. She left A&B in 2005 to set up the third phase of MMM.
In addition to her work with arts and culture, she is co-director, with her sister, of Scotland’s first social enterprise offering moving, downsizing and ageing in place solutions for older people – The Home Straight, ELLi (Assisted Living Technology) Ltd a new company designing and manufacturing beautiful items of adaptive equipment for older people and Vanora’s Cottages, which specialises in offering self-catering holiday accommodation for less able older people and their families. She is also co-founder of Alyth Craft Tourism.
She has served as a Trustee and Director on the Boards of a number of arts and cultural organisations and higher education institutions over the last twenty five years most recently as one of the founding Directors of Alyth Development Trust which she served on until the summer of 2017 and the new Cateran Ecomuseum. She is also a member of the Local Action Group for the Perth & Kinross rural LEADER programme.
She was born in Tanzania and lived there and in Kenya until her early 20’s. She currently lives in Perthshire in Scotland.
Donna is director and curator of Fleet Collective, a multi-disciplinary collective based in Dundee. She has a particular interest in bringing together many creative parts and finding new ways of working and challenging traditional modes of practice, including practice within economic, business and policymaking. Fleet Collectives many parts are curated in a way that allows it to have an environment that encourages exploratory process and exciting outputs.
One of Donna’s major roles since 2010 has been playing a key role in managing and curating NEoN, an international digital arts festival across the city of Dundee. In 2012 NEoN (North East of North) was established as a charity and Donna is now one is its directors. NEoN aims to advance the understanding and accessibility of digital and technology driven art forms and promote high quality work. Having established itself as a high quality platform NEoN is now embarking on a wider annual programme and establishing partnerships with festival producers in European and East Asia.
In past roles within the University of Abertay and Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art and Design, Donna developed new strategic policies for disseminating knowledge through a cross-disciplinary multi faceted arts programme within an educational context. The projects and core programmes were designed to enhance and work with the university’s cultural and corporate strategies, delivering major exhibitions combined with other research projects, talks, events, seminars and film programmes.