Heartstone Advisory Council

Julie Craik, Film Officer for Tayfilm

After training as a lawyer in Scotland, she worked in offshore finance in the Channel Islands and in media and asset backed finance at Deutsche Bank/Bankers Trust. She worked on projects such as finance for Sky TV and the Oscar winning film, The Last Emperor and the acquisition of J Walter Thompson by advertising conglomerate WPP. At TayScreen she developed the €6million project North Sea Screen Partners that was financed by the European Union. The partnership achieved an Oscar winning film “In A Better World”. She is helping to develop Stonekeeper Ltd and ‘The Heartstone Odyssey’ film/tv/transmedia programme.

 Louise Ellman, MP for Liverpool Riverside and Chair of the Transport Select Committee

Louise has supported Heartstone since 2000 and watched the organisation grow over these years, helping the organisation to secure a national profile and support from the DFE and Home Office. She co-sponsored the House of Commons event in 2016.

Wendy Emberson, Physiotherapist  

Wendy has supported Heartstone since its founding in 1990. She has brought her professional expertise but also her experience in business to the service of the organisation.

Drew Hendry, MP for Inverness

Drew has has supported Heartstone from the period he was Leader of Highland Council prior to becoming MP for Inverness. He has helped to bring the support of the Scottish Government to the film/tv/transmedia programme and to Heartstone’s environmental initiatives

Nila Joshi, Leader of multi faith projects across Scotland

Based in Edinburgh Nila has supported Heartstone since 2000, bringing her expertise connected with years of working with the City’s many different faith and cultural communities, to her work with Heartstone. She has co-presented several major Heartstone exhibition events with Sitakumari.

Elena Noel, Co-Chair of Safer Southwark Neighbourhood Board

Elena supported the introduction of the first Heartstone project into Southwark in 2015. Following the success of this initiative, she has introduced this to MOPAC, part of the Mayor of London’s Office, co-presented the House of Commons event and introduced the project to the European Forum for Urban Safety reaching local authorities across Europe. She continues to facilitate the project with new introductions and presentations.

Bennett Obong, former Manager for the Hate Crime Forum, Metropolitan Police

Bennett secured the support of the Met for this project to see it initiated across London with a launch event at New Scotland Yard in 2010. He continues to facilitate new projects with introductions to potential venues and partners.

Jerry Piper, Senior Manager Transport for London

Jerry supported Heartstone since its founding in 1990. He enabled and facilitated the first Chandra’s London static exhibition on a London Underground station at Whitechapel in 2007, which was a catalyst for the latest programme of installations across the Underground network. Jerry has been instrumental in growing the TfL connection and as a result, the number of exhibition sites on the London rail network continues to expand, generating interest from other organisations both within London and beyond.

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