Gillian McKee Associate
Gillian has spent most of her working life in the fields of marketing and corporate responsibility. She spent 20+ years at Business in the Community in marketing and senior management roles and in 2019 made the decision to branch out on her own.
She now undertakes consultancy, advisory and project work for a range of clients and has expertise in education and skills projects as well as those with a wider social or environmental impact goal.
Gillian has a keen understanding of social value and the importance of cross-sectoral partnerships and relationships for the functioning of a healthy society. Report writing, evaluation and research are all key skills Gillian has honed over the years and she is well versed in working with the voluntary, private and public sectors to develop and assess impactful projects.
She recently consolidated her experience with accredited practitioner training in social value & SROI.
Amberlea is Director of consultancy practice Starling Start. Starling Start offers expertise in arts development, engagement and place, by collaborating across sectors and disciplines.
With more than 15 years' experience working within Northern Ireland’s arts sector, Amberlea has been involved in the inception and development of several cultural organisations. These include: Platform Arts, artists studios and gallery; Belfast Photo Festival, an international visual arts programme; and PLACE, which operated at the cutting edge of creative, intelligent and inclusive public engagement in the built environment in Northern Ireland.
Amberlea holds an MSc in Cultural Management, PGCert in Executive Leadership and BA (Hons) in Fine Art.