Meet the team

Dani Rae our new Director, joined the team in October 2018. Originally from Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dani is an experienced cultural producer having worked across the creative industries for the last 15 years.  Most recently she was Head of Participant Services for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and has worked with some of the world’s leading arts agencies, festivals, artists, theatre and dance companies. She was also Associate Producer for Wolfgang Hoffmann’s international booking agency Aurora Nova.

Lou Davies, our Festival Manager has played a pivotal role in the success of Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival over the last few years. She also has a key role working with young people in the region, supporting them in their Young Promoters Group, within the Scottish Government’s themed Year of Young People. Lou is the contact for venues and promoters and assists in all aspects of co-ordinating the festival programme.

Sharon Makepeace is our Communications Manager who joined the team in August 2018. She brings a wealth of experience from 20 years working in marketing and PR, managing national and regional, consumer and corporate pr campaigns and marketing and advertising campaigns in companies including Draftworldwide, The Highland News Group, VisitScotland and EventScotland, as well as freelance work. She has extensive experience in international and national media account management and most of the time she has been based in in the central belt, Highlands and lowlands of Scotland and in Northern England.

 Suzie Thorpe is our Finance & Office Manager and a local hotelier who brings her financial expertise to the smooth running and co-ordination of the company. She joined the team in 2016 and manages a range of systems to provide a professional service.

 John Dinning is our Technical Manager, responsible for overseeing all technical requirements from touring companies and checking venue capacities to enable great performances across the fantastic variety of venues in Dumfries & Galloway. John is responsible for speccing the space and is also hired by venues and promoters to manage the smooth delivery of events on the actual day.