Our Team

Timespan Staff

Anna Vermehren | Director – director@timespan.org.uk
With a background in visual arts facilitation, curation and management, Anna has realised a significant shift in Timespan’s programming focusing on the concept of North. Prior to joining Timespan in May 2012, Anna worked as Project Manager at Deveron Arts in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, where she spearheaded socially engaged arts projects with Scottish and international artists such as Jacqueline Donachie, Hamish Fulton, Anthony Schrag, Roman Signer, Ross Sinclair and The Utopia Group among others. Anna holds degrees in Art History, Sociology and Literature. She has published articles in scholarly journals including Cambridge Anthropology and established the Art Reader Network, a collaborative open learning platform in 2010.

Caroline Kelly | Finance Officer, Shop Manager and Front of House Manager – finance@timespan.org.uk
You will find Caroline working hard at our reception desk and looking after all the unusual goodies in our shop. Caroline is also responsible for all things financial. Finance includes monitoring income and spending and preparing budget reports for funders.

Jacquie Aitken | Heritage Officer – archive@timespan.org.uk
As Heritage Officer Jacquie responds to public enquiries and manages museum policy and collection work. This involves overseeing genealogy services, biannual accreditation and working with volunteers. Jacquie organises educational events and workshops for the heritage programme. She currently project manages  the project Revisiting our Museum.

Jo Clements | Archive Development Manager – archivedevelopment@timespan.org.uk
Our archive is a great source of information on our surrounding area and Jo is responsible for collecting and archiving this information. Jo’s role includes working with local researchers on investigating our local history, archiving and digitising information and historic images. Jo is leading the development of our archive into a more accessible resource on-site and digitally.

Frances Davis | Curator – art@timespan.org.uk
Frances curates our annual arts programme of six exhibitions, three residencies and a public art intervention. This involves the selection of artists, supporting artists in residence, installing exhibitions and organising events and activities for the public. Frances is currently part of Curatorial Studio, a a year-long development programme for curators in Scotland.

Rona Ellis | Marketing Officer and Cafe Manager – marketing@timespan.org.uk
Rona ensures that we tell the world what is happening at Timespan online, in print and in the media. You will also find Rona in the cafe baking cakes and scones and making soup for our visitors.

Front of House Assistants – enquiries@timespan.org.uk
Lisa Macdonald
Jill Ferguson

Cafe Staff
Sydney Taylor
Megan Whitehead
John King

Cleaning Staff
Debbie Farrall


Board of Directors

The board is non-executive and consists of 9 directors:

Glenn Paton
Expertise: Formal Education

Glenn is the Chair of the Board of Directors and is responsible for ensuring that Board Meetings are run in accordance with the statutes, policies and procedures of the articles of memorandum of the organisation.

Glenn, a retired Head Teacher of schools in the Highlands and a former Senior Lecturer in universities in Scotland and England, advises the Board on how Timespan can provide good educational experiences for schools which include Timespan visits within their curricular programmes. Further interests include: the position of President of the International Masters Hockey Association with a responsibility for developing Masters hockey worldwide;  flying light aircraft, and qualifications as an instructor/assessor of Aviation English and a ground school instructor of student pilots in the UK and France.

Alison MacDonald, Secretary
Expertise: Human Resources

Alison has been a Director of Timespan and member of the Board since 2003, as well as Company Secretary since 2004. Alison is responsible for ensuring Companies House has up to date information for Timespan, which includes the filing of all statutory company information. Alison has been working in HR since 1994 and is currently an HR Business Partner for Scottish Natural Heritage. She advises the Board on HR strategy and employment law and also supports the Director on operational HR issues within Timespan.

Catriona Whitfield, Treasurer
Expertise: Accountancy, Law

Catriona Whitfield is treasurer and is as such is responsible for ensuring the correct finance records, policies and procedures are in place.

Catriona has a degree in law and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1991.  She has a professional background in audit, investigations, dispute resolution and commercial litigation.  She is currently a member of the Scottish Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and of the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel. She was for five years a trustee of an educational charity in Sutherland and was for four years a member of board of management of North Highland College.

Joan Baxter
Expertise: Art and Craft, Education

Joan Baxter is an internationally renowned artist working in the field of woven tapestry. Her work is inspired by the landscapes and cultural heritage of the far north.
She studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts and has worked in commercial tapestry studios in the UK and Australia. Since 1987 she has been an independent artist, exhibiting, working to commission, teaching and lecturing.
Joan brings a variety of skills to the board – creative, curatorial and educational.

Jim Mooney
Expertise: Art, writing, academic

Is an artist, writer and academic. He studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art and obtained an MA (RCA) and PhD (RCA) from the Royal College of Art where he subsequently taught for 20 years becoming Senior Research Tutor in Painting. Awarded the ‘Prix de Rome’ 1981-83 to study at the British School at Rome. Appointed Reader in Theory and Practice of Fine Art at Middlesex University. Currently he is Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University and Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. He has supervised and examined in excess of 20 PhD’s. Founding Member of Gasworks Gallery in London.
Awards and honours include: Winston Churchill Fellowship; Fellow of the Royal College of Art: Rome Scholar; John Florent Stone Scholar, ECA; former Member of The Court of the RCA; former Trustee of the Abbey Harris Mural Fund; former Member of The Abbey Council; awarded grants from British Council and Scottish Arts Council and numerous research awards.
He has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally, and has published extensively on matters of art, philosophy, ethics and erotics.

Jean Sargent 
Expertise: Former chair, scientist, project management, local heritage, fundraising, staff management

After a career in medical research, Jean retired to Helmsdale, the birth place of her father. She soon became interested in and involved with Timespan and has been a member of the Board of Trustees for over 8 years. She became Chair, a post that she held for almost 6 years, during a time of immense change for the organisation when she gained many new skills. She has a deep interest in the community and its heritage and enjoys the diversity provided by the arts. Jean is also a director of the Helmsdale and District Development Trust, secretary to the Friends of Kildonan Church and is an active member of Bunillidh Coastal Rowing Club.

Anne Sutherland
Expertise: Business management, strategy, Social Enterprise

With the exception of seven years working for a multi-national, Anne spent most of her career in the public sector, in training, skills development and latterly in community development – involving assessing community projects for public sector funding, and working directly with community groups in identifying their local needs and turning them into projects.

Karlyn Sutherland
Expertise: Art, Architecture

Sutherland studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art (B.Arch.(Hons), 2007) and the University of Edinburgh (Dip.Arch., 2008; M.Arch., 2008; Ph.D., 2014), where she was also employed as a design tutor and research assistant. Currently living in Lybster, Caithness, she is the Residency Development Officer at Lyth Arts Centre and maintains her creative practice as an architectural designer, glass artist and writer. Karlyn offers advice to the Board on matters relating to community, place and creativity, practice-led research, writing and publication, architectural development and maintenance.


Support Committees

Arts Advisory Panel: Penny Woodley, Lucy Conway (Eigg Box, Scotland), Vytautas Michelkevičius (Nida Art Colony, Lithuania), Tinna Guðmundsdóttir (Skaftfell, Iceland)
Heritage Group: local heritage research, development of projects for the community archive. Assure standard of quality. Chair: Maggie Codd
Fundraising committee: provide volunteer income stream and add to local events calendar. Chair: Penny Woodley
Genealogy Group: Specialised sub-group of Heritage Committee, expert knowledge and income generation. Led by Joan Murray
Gardening committee: Re-installation of the herb garden, expertise and volunteer time. Chair: Penny Woodley

Timespan has over 35 active volunteers working with us all year round. We hold a volunteer database that outlines the skills and interests of the individuals who are asked for their expertise, help and advice.

We could not survive without the generous help of our volunteers and voluntary staff hours. If you are interested in volunteering with us click here.