I founded Pioneer Film Studios, which was born out of the realisation that Film & TV facilities aren’t just in short supply in Scotland. A studios also embodies the beating heart of an industry as well as of the community. As such I wanted Pioneer to be a beacon for change and take a stand for better conditions, more sustainable approaches and elevating the community they find themselves in. The partners I brought in (from outwith the industry) took over the business and I am no longer associated with it. After studying practical filmmaking in LA, and then working in various roles in the film industry in London for 15 years, I relocated to Scotland 3 years ago where I set up Firewalker Films and engaged with the local community organisations through storytelling and providing a platform for the local and global voices through producing 3 yearly TEDX Cumbernauld Women events. I set up weekly Film screenings in my back garden pre Covid for kids in a challenging neighbourhood, sponsored by the Corra Foundation. I ran an introduction weekend course to filming documentaries with Bafta winner Duncan Cowles, sponsored by Inspiring Scotland / Creative Communities with Sanctuary. My 1.5 hour live entertainment show produced fully remotely during Lockdown called ‘Cumbernauld Unlocked’ with money from Comic Relief is now at the Scottish National Archives. I feel passionately that Scotland’s film industry has an incredible role to play on the global scale and am working on conscious business opportunities to keep representing its best interests.