Gwilym Gibbons – Interim Leadership Support
Shetland Arts is currently awaiting the appointment of a new General Manager and Artistic Director. As an interim measure and to support this transitional period, Shetland Arts has contracted part-time support from its former Director through Creative Help Ltd to lead our organisation.


Donald Anderson – Arts Development Officer, Literature
Donald graduated in 1986 as an MA with Honours in English from the University of Aberdeen and since then has worked as a teacher of English, a warehouseman, and a relief social care worker before taking up his current post. As well as having a passion for reading and writing, Donald is also a song writer and musician.

John Haswell – Arts Development Officer, Drama
John trained in Wales and London and has worked as an actor and director since 1980. He came to Shetland in 1993 to direct a community production and has been here ever since. As well as offering practical support and advice in all aspects of drama, he directs youth theatre productions and is also responsible for dance development.

Clair Aldington – Arts Development Officer, Visual Arts
Clair Aldington has an MA in Contemporary Arts and Music. She has worked as the Creative Arts Development Worker in Youth Justice (Oxfordshire and West Berkshire) alongside being a freelance artist delivering projects in schools, galleries, museums, women’s refuges and a prison. She has also worked for a Community Arts Centre (Oxford) as the exhibitions and project co-ordinator.

Bryan Peterson – Arts Development Officer, Music
Born and brought up in Shetland, Bryan has been involved in the Scottish music scene as a musician, sound engineer and promoter since a young age. His work background includes mechanical engineering, construction, music education, web design and media with qualifications including an Advanced Diploma in Music Business Management, a BA (Hons) in Commercial Music and a Post Graduate Diploma in Web Development.

Jane Matthews – Exhibitions Officer
Jane studied Fine Art at Oxford University and Art History at The Courtauld Institute in London. She worked for eight years in the TV and film industry as a Scenic Artist before moving to a small island off the west coast of Wales – about which she wrote a book. She joined Shetland Arts in 2007.


Iain Waddell – Broadcast & Recording Studio Manager
Iain joined Shetland Arts from Glasgow and has extensive experience of live touring, sound recording and digital networking. His knowledge of the needs of incoming acts and his well established contacts with the live music industry are a great asset to the organisation.

Jonathan Ritch – Senior Technician

Thomas Jones – Events Technician

Lynda Anderson – Programming Coordinator

Charlotte Beattie – Duty Manager – Front of House (Cafe Bar)

Wendy Tulloch – Duty Manager – Front of House (Box Office)

Alex Wright – Duty Manager – Front of House (Cafe Bar)

Roo Callaghan – Duty Manager – Front of House (Cafe Bar)


Christine Simpson – Finance Officer

Irene Sandison – Finance Assistant

Angela Sinclair – Finance Assistant


Glenda Mackay– Office Administrator

Helen Smith – Administrative Assistant

Bonhoga Gallery

Angela Smith – Duty Manager Bonhoga Gallery

Diane Sinclair – Gallery Assistant, Bonhoga

Kristi Tait – Gallery Assistant, Bonhoga

Julie Bristol – Gallery Assistant, Bonhoga


Fraser Mouat – Music Lecturer


Lisa Ward – Marketing Officer
Lisa has a professional background in media, marketing and communications. She graduated from Strathclyde University in 2009 with a 1st class BA (Hons) in English and Linguistics. She also won the Meston Prize for Oustanding Academic Achievement. She is Shetland Arts first Marketing Officer and works closely with Jono Sandilands, our Graphic Designer, forming a strong creative team. Together they lead the communication and promotion of our organisation, venues and events and activities.

Jono Sandilands – Graphic Designer
Jono Sandilands graduated in 2009 from Grays School of Art, Aberdeen in BDes (Hons) Graphic Design. His degree work was purchased as part of the Robert Gordon University Art and Heritage Collections and also won commendation in the YCN national student awards. Jono also works as a freelance designer and artist on several different, long term projects including Co:Lab and The Art of Ping Pong. Jono works closely with Lisa Ward, our Marketing Officer, forming a strong creative team. Together they lead the communication and promotion of our organisation, venues and events and activities.

Adam Jones – Graphic Designer

Part-time & Volunteers

Shetland Arts also employ a range of part-time staff in all its venues: Bonhoga Gallery, Mill Cafe and the Garrison Theatre. We also enjoy the support and involvement of a team of active volunteers who make a vital contribution to what we do. Our current volunteers who make a weekly committement of time for which we are hugely grateful are:

David Eva – Admin Volunteer

Kimberly Patterson – Admin Volunteer

Kathy Hubbard – Volunteer

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