The person who is leading Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture is our Bid Director Jean Cameron.

Jean is originally from Paisley and grew up in Ferguslie Park, attending St Fergus Primary and St Mirin’s and St Margaret’s High.

She is coming home to Paisley after enjoying a career in the arts which has taken her across Europe over the past two decades.

In her previous job as a senior arts producer at Glasgow Life, she led on the cultural programme for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and shaped many of the city's leading cultural outputs including the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts, Glasgow Mela and Aye Write!

As Bid Director, she will co-ordinate the bid document to be submitted to the UK Government in 2017, involve the local community in the bid, and drive the campaign to get people to support it.

The bid team

Jean heads up a small bid team, which currently includes staff seconded over from roles at Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd, Renfrewshire Council and the University of the West of Scotland.

Scott Taylor joins the team as a technical bid advisor and will be developing the bid with the team over the next year.

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.

Steven Thomson is the bid team’s creative producer and is seconded from Outspoken Arts Scotland Ltd.

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.

Steven is also a resident of Paisley and a former pupil of Stanely Green High School. He 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, to name but a few.

Amanda Moulson will be running the programme of major events taking place in the build-up to the bid being lodged in 2017. Amanda lives in Renfrewshire and is a former pupil of Paisley Grammar School.

In her role as the council’s Town Centres and Events Manager she was responsible for town centre management as well as being in charge of 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.

Stuart McMillan will be leading on the wider regeneration work taking place alongside the bid.

In his role as the council’s Regeneration Manager he developed the culture and heritage led regeneration strategy for Paisley and most recently he has worked on the development of the flagship project for the regeneration of Paisley Museum.

Margaret Scott joins the bid team on secondment from University of the West of Scotland 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.

Within the Bid Team she will lead on cultural capacity and social regeneration, bringing together partners from private, public, third sectors and independent artists/makers, building on existing initiatives and identifying gaps to showcase Paisley and Renfrewshire as a hub for creative and cultural industries.

The bid will be 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, Renfrewshire Council chief executive
  • Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 bid director
  • Audrey Cumberford, principal of West College Scotland, and president of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce
  • Councillor James Harte, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure
  • Councillor Michael Holmes, Renfrewshire Council depute leader
  • Councillor Brian Lawson, Renfrewshire SNP group leader
  • Craig Mahoney, principal of University of the West of Scotland
  • Councillor Mark Macmillan, Renfrewshire Council Leader
  • 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, president of Paisley First Business Improvement District
  • Jim Downie, Chief Superintendent and Local Police Commander for Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Division of Police Scotland