Dr Mo Hume
Lecturer in Politics, University of Glasgow
Mo Hume is currently employed as Lecturer in Politics at the University of Glasgow, where she co-convenes the International Centre for Gender and Women's Studies and teaches courses on Human Rights, Latin American Politics and Gender and Development. Her research focuses on issues of gender and violence in Central America, including the visibility and meaning of crime and violence, public policy responses and small arms use and control. Prior to this, she worked for several years with the women's movement in El Salvador on gendered processes of local development and women's political participation. She has also volunteered on a number of international cultural projects, including the Douarnenez Film Festival Brittany for Minority Peoples, artists’ exchanges between Central America and Northern Ireland, and the annual Truth Festival in El Salvador.
Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector
Kate currently works at Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector producing a range of publications, and information and communications support to Glasgow's Equality Networks Forum – groups and organisations working in the voluntary sector around equality issues. She is also a librarian at the Sandyford Initiative and was part of the group that formed Glasgow Women's Library back in 1991. Having been part of Women In Proifile, a broad based women's arts organisation, in the late 1980's, Kate now works for Bildwechsel – an umbrella organisation for women in media, art and culture, with its main base in Hamburg but with bases and agents all over the place… in Glasgow organising film screenings, collecting and archiving the work of artists and film makers and planning projects for the forthcoming year.
Outreach Officer, Big Lottery Fund
Mhairi Owens, is an Outreach Officer with the BIG Lottery Fund and Project Support Worker for the Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust. She is former Head of Concern Worldwide Scotland, an international development charity and has been employed in Scotland, England, Australia and New Zealand, with additional project work undertaken in Bangladesh, DR Congo, Malawi and Pakistan. She has expertise in strategic planning and organisational development, fundraising, communications and advocacy and campaigning. Her academic qualifications include a BA (Hons) in Combined Studies and a Masters in Environmental Studies. She is also currently on the board of Neighbourhood Networks, an organisation which facilitates local networks of mutual support for vulnerable adults across Scotland. She volunteers for Heart for Scotland, a group of community volunteers who are currently building and will own and manage their own community facility for the area.
Asylum Support Adviser at Scottish Refugee Council
Geraldine O’Neill currently works as an Asylum Support Adviser at Scottish Refugee Council and previously worked with a Deaf organisation in Glasgow. She is active in promoting Palestinian human rights in the UK including writing articles for local newspapers and selling goods from a Women’s Co-operative in the West Bank. She has visited the West Bank working alongside Palestinian and Israeli grassroots organisations. She has also volunteered on a number of projects including befriending unaccompanied young asylum seekers in Glasgow and working at a food bank in Tokyo.
Filmmaker and Lecturer in Film Studies at University of Edinburgh
Nick Higgins is an award winning documentary filmmaker and lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. His first films Hidden Gifts and Women In Black made in 2004, have been broadcast on several European television channels as well as picking up awards and nominations at international festivals. His 2006 documentary short, Mentiras, screened at over 20 festivals worldwide, including touring 16 cities in Mexico as part of actors Gael Garcia and Diego Luna’s 2008 Ambulante film festival. In 2007 Nick completed his first feature documentary, A Massacre Foretold, which subsequently won the WACC/SIGNIS award for best human rights documentary. In 2008 Nick originated and co-produced the multi-directorial feature documentary The New Ten Commandments. Working alongside artists and filmmakers such as Douglas Gordon, Irvine Welsh and Tilda Swinton, the project was premiered at the 2008 Edinburgh International Film Festival and continues to screen at film festivals internationally.
Freelance filmmaker, editor and researcher
A freelance filmmaker, editor and researcher with a interest in education, social media, documentary and user generated content. A graduate of Exeter College of Art and Duncan of Jordonstone, he has been involved in producing media, communication and moving image “stuff” in various forms for about 25 years. His personal practice is in documentary, animation and social media and his films have been screened in festivals throughout Europe.
For 11 years Paul was the “Head of Story” with 55degrees: the late Glasgow-based digital content consultancy. At 55degrees Paul produced, directed and advised on multi media and multi platform projects in the corporate, cultural and public sectors. This ranged from working with Artists to produce dvd publications to large scale museum products (inc: Kelvingrove, Riverside Museum Glasgow, Liverpool Museum), websites, ugc strategies and interactive installations.
At the later end of the last century, prior to 55degrees Paul set up Castlemilk Video Workshop in the early 90s on the outskirts of Glasgow working with local organisations and groups to help them use video to tell their stories. In the late 90′s he worked with hundreds of low and no budget film makers, and artists and community groups at Glasgow Film and Video Workshop (now GMAC) where he was the Resources Coordinator.