Our Bid Director is Jean Cameron.
Jean grew up in Ferguslie Park, attending St Fergus Primary and St Mirin’s and St Margaret’s High.
Her career in the arts has taken her across Europe over the past two decades.
In her previous job as a senior arts producer at Glasgow Life, Jean led on the cultural programme for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
She also shaped many of the city's leading cultural outputs including the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts, Glasgow Mela and Aye Write!
Now she is back home, leading our bid.
Scott Taylor, Technical Bid Advisor
As the former Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Scott brings a wealth of experience with him – including leading the step change in Glasgow’s image over the past 20 years at the helm of various bodies promoting the city, culminating in the multi-award-winning brand People Make Glasgow.
In his role as the council’s Regeneration Manager Stuart developed the culture and heritage led regeneration strategy for Paisley. Most recently Stuart has worked on the development of the flagship project for the regeneration of Paisley Museum.
Amanda Moulson, Bid Manager
In her role as the council’s Town Centres and Events Manager Amanda was responsible for town centre management and the area’s growing events programme, where she introduced major new events such as the Spree festival, the Monte Carlo Classic Rally and Paisley Halloween Festival to old favourites such as Sma’ Shot Day and the annual Fireworks and Christmas Lights shows.
She also successfully bid for new national events such as the British Pipe Band Championships, coming to Paisley in 2016.
Steven Thomson, Creative Producer
In his role as producer of the award-winning Glasgay! Festival (2004-2014), Steven worked with artists and performers promoting LGBT equality in Scotland's arts and culture scene.
Seconded from Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd, Steven has worked in the professional performing arts since 1983, having worked for the Tron Theatre, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and Glasgow King’s, Mitchell and Tramway Theatres.
Margaret joins the bid team on secondment from University of the West of Scotland (UWS) where she was instrumental in setting up the Creative Media Academy, establishing UWS as a centre of excellence in Creative Media education. In a previous role Margaret was commercial manager at Glasgow School of Art Enterprises Ltd.
There are many more people behind Paisley's bid for UK City of Culture 2021. We could not achieve this without the support of our local community, businesses and everyone who makes up Team Paisley. If you want to get involved in the bid visit our get involved page, or if you are a business find out how you can get involved here.
The bid is overseen by the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board, which pulls together a range of people from council, educational, business and community backgrounds.
The board is chaired by Councillor Mark Macmillan, the leader of Renfrewshire Council, and the current membership is as follows –
- Sandra Black, chief executive of Renfrewshire Council
- Jean Cameron, bid director for Paisley 2021
- Audrey Cumberford, principal of West College Scotland, and president of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce
- Councillor James Harte, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure
- Councillor Michael Holmes, depute leader of Renfrewshire Council
- Craig Mahoney, principal of University of the West of Scotland
- Sharon McAulay, project manager of STAR Project
- Councillor Eileen McCartin, Renfrewshire Liberal Democrat group leader
- Amanda McMillan, chief executive of Glasgow Airport
- Nick Shields, director of Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service, Scottish Enterprise
- Ian Henderson, charirman of Paisley First Business Improvement District
- Jim Downie, Chief Superintendent and Local Police Commander for Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Division of Police Scotland