Kim Simpson

Head of Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion

Telephone: 0141 302 1705

Email: [email protected]

Areas of responsibility

Kim leads the Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) team and provides strategic leadership for the specialism in support of Creative Scotland’s Strategic Framework. The EDI team also support sector change through delivery of targeted funding programmes and partnership work with sector partners to advance EDI representation and practice in Scotland.

Background and experience

Kim joined Creative Scotland in 2022 having worked as a strategist and curator, facilitator and coach across the sector locally, nationally and internationally for 15 years. Her work is deeply informed by her lived experiences of disability and neurodivergence. She is a Clore Leadership Fellow and an ISPA Global Fellow.

Kim’s previous role was with greenspace scotland, where she led the Remembering Together Covid community memorial programme announced in March 2021 by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. During the Covid 19 pandemic, Kim initiated rapid response coaching support for artists with Take Me Somewhere and Parents in Performing Arts, as well as participating in the Freelance Task Force with Mele Broomes to highlight experiences of Black Scottish freelancers and Not Going Back To Normal manifesto for disabled visual artists.

As well as working extensively with independent artists, Kim has held senior roles with Take Me Somewhere, In Between Time, The Work Room and All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre and has delivered strategic projects and programmes with Clore Leadership, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Unlimited, British Museum, Creative Scotland and British Council UK, France, Mexico.

She has facilitated collectives, residencies and international exchanges. She has been a speaker and contributor at IETM, Culture Is Not a Luxury, Tanz Im August, ISPA, The Place, CIFAS/KFDA Producers Academy and has mentored and coached artists, leaders and organisers across the sector