Current Board Members

Dawn Reade - Chair
Dawn and her husband set up their own bakery business in 1994 on the Isle of Mull after graduating from the University of Edinburgh with degrees in Geography. Since that time the business has evolved but has given Dawn experience in many elements of food business from food hygiene, manufacture, retail management, brand design, marketing & social media as well as managing people and the associated aspects of human resources and employment law. Today Island Bakery manufactures organic biscuits in a purpose-built factory that runs entirely on local renewable energy. The firm employs over 30 people and their products are sold (and enjoyed!) throughout the United Kingdom and into Europe. 

During her varied career, Dawn has combined business with employment, having spent 5 years working at An Tobar, with 3 years as the Visual Art & Craft Officer prior to the formation of Comar. She has also worked as a housing advisor and a Citizen’s Advice advisor. 

With a keen interest in visual art and craft, Dawn works on her own creative practice when she can. An associate member of Edinburgh Printmakers, Dawn likes to make screenprints or linocuts when time allows. She also enjoys making textile craft and has recently attained a qualification in graphic design. 

Dawn has an acute understanding of the value of the arts to the health of communities and aims for her work on the Comar board to help support life enhancing experiences for rural population in Argyll & Bute. 

Cheryl Callow QPM 
Art at school was a particular passion for Cheryl and as a child and young adult, she spent many hours with her father, a successful professional photographer, in both his dark room and on location. She was influenced and inspired by her father's natural talent for capturing just the right image at just the right time and throughout her life, has had an interest in all forms of art and film. 

She completed her schooling and began a career as a veterinary nurse, a role that was to last 2 years but she developed a hunger for a new challenge and joined Essex Police in 1976. 

Cheryl retired as an Inspector after completing 30 years’ service in a huge diversity of roles and in 2002 was awarded the Queens Police Medal, presented by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. The first women police officer to hold this Award in 150 years of Essex Police. 

In 2000 Cheryl was appointed as an HMIC Staff Officer. She completed a massive task of reviewing the whole of police training nationally, commanding a team of 18 staff. This resulted in the publication of 'Training Matters’ making national recommendations and modernising the police service. 

In 2008 she was awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award by Essex Police in recognition of her dedication and commitment to policing over 30 years, constantly striving to improve the effectiveness of the service whilst maintaining the highest personal standards, levels of enthusiasm and appetite for work. 

She was also the runner up to the National Lifetime Achievement awards in 2008 for recognition of outstanding personal and operational policing skills. 

In 2008 she was awarded the Nexus Award for outstanding working for equality and employee services. 

Cheryl’s areas of expertise are; criminal law, equality legislation, performance management, evaluation and monitoring, inspection process, training and education of adults, HR Management, health & safety / risk assessments, personnel policy, grievance procedure, employment tribunals, diversity hate crimes, community engagement, complaints, sickness management and marketing / media. 

Gordon Dougall 
Gordon is the founder and Artistic Director of Glasgow’s Limelight Music whose mentorship skills have aided the careers of many of Scotland’s disabled musicians and performers. As an experienced musical director, composer, writer and theatre director he has worked in the arts and entertainment business for over 40 years. 

His acclaimed work with young people in schools began in 1974 as musical director composer for The Young Lyceum. In 1989/90 he was commissioned to form an orchestra of young people in schools, and musicians with impairments, to provide the live score for Glasgow's large scale European City Of Culture community production “City”. This led to the formation of Limelight Music and since then Gordon has written and created over 50 schools music projects and has created and delivered thousands of music training sessions for over 100 musicians and education and social work staff. Gordon’s work has been the subject of over 60 International music therapy and music psychology conferences and is considered an alternative to the work of Nordoff Robbins in many countries. 

He is a multi-award winning artist who has been director and co-writer of many successful Tron Theatre Pantomimes and as a composer has produced many scores for feature films and television. His film score credits include feature films The Bruce, starring Oliver Reid and Fast Romance, for which he received a Scottish Bafta. Gordon has composed for many short film and animations such as Clingfilm featuring David Hayman, Body Snatchers, All Things Bright and Malaria. His TV credits include The Boer War narrated by Robert Powell and World in Flames for Australian Television. Documentaries: On The Road ITV and Multiple for Media Co-Op/BBC. He remains at the forefront of the European rock scene as guitarist and keyboardist with Maggie Reilly and is currently working on the 30th Anniversary number one theatre tour of The Steamie and Godiva Rocks at The Belgrade Coventry. 

Ian Jones 
Ian moved to Mull following his retirement having first visited the island in 1977. After leaving school, Ian worked in the accounting and finance department of a metropolitan local authority. This was followed by a three year full time degree course in Public Administration. On graduating, Ian spent the next 34 years criss-crossing the South Pennines as a manager in a number of further and higher education institutions covering areas such as finance, human resources, student administrative systems, conferment of final awards and graduation ceremonies. Throughout his career Ian has led teams which have procured, developed and implemented large IT systems to support the core business of the educational institutions which he worked in. During the last 20 years of his career Ian was the Academic Registrar at Edge Hill, a college of Higher Education established in 1885. Edge Hill gained University title and its own taught degree-awarding powers in 2006. 

Throughout his career Ian has been responsible for the safeguarding of standards and ensuring that the educational institutions were compliant with both internal and external regulation. Ian has expertise in; monitoring and evaluation, performance management, human resources (including sickness and grievance management), disciplinary procedures, health and safety, complaints handling, and safe guarding of children
and vulnerable adults. 

Raymond MacDonald 
Raymond is Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation at The University of Edinburgh. Prior to this position he was a Professor in the Psychology Department at Glasgow Caledonian University where he led the Glasgow Caledonian Music Psychology Research Group for 12 years. His ongoing research focuses on issues relating to improvisation, musical communication, music health and wellbeing, music education and musical identities. He studies the processes and outcomes of music participation and music listening and has a particular interest in collaborative creativity. His work is informed by a view of improvisation as a social, collaborative and uniquely creative process that provides opportunities to develop new ways of working musically. His work also contributes to debates highlighting the ubiquitous importance of music, stressing that everybody has a biological and social guarantee of musicianship. He runs music workshops and lectures internationally and has published over 70 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. 

He has co-edited five texts, Musical Identities (2002) and Musical Communication (2005), Musical Imaginations (2012) and Music Health & Wellbeing (2012), The Handbook of Musical Identities (2017) and was editor of the journal Psychology of Music between 2006 and 2012. He is an associate editor for The International Journal of Music Education, Jazz Research Journal, Research Studies in Music Education, Musicae Scientiae and The Journal of Music Therapy. As a saxophonist and composer who has released over 50 CDs and toured and broadcast worldwide. He has written music for film, television, theatre, radio and art installations and much of his work explores the boundaries and ambiguities between what is conventionally seen as improvisation and composition. He has collaborated with musicians such as Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Evan Parker, David Byrne and Jim O’Rourke. 

Jan Sutch Pickard 
Jan is a member of the lively creative community in SW Mull, one of the Ross of Mull Poets, a writer and storyteller – a Directory member of the Scottish Storytelling Network. She is a Director of the Ross of Mull Historical Centre and a regular volunteer. She’s committed to good communication and collaborative working. 

A career in editorial work and communication with an NGO was followed by six years working for the Iona Community at the Abbey, latterly as Warden. At first hand, she knows the potential of performance and residencies to challenge and inspire both practitioner and host community. She hopes to see Comar enabling more of this kind of exchange: a resource for the whole island, drawing on the gifts and energy of those who live here (such as traditional music), as well as bringing new music, varied performance, writing and the visual arts from the mainland to established venues, schools, and village halls. 

Jan is a published poet, in numerous anthologies and on-line publications. Works in print include Out of Iona, Between high and low water and A pocket full of crumbs (all Wild Goose Publications). Recently, Jan has been involved in several local projects: ‘Carved Identities’ with Historic (Environment) Scotland, ‘Changing Landscapes’ with the National Trust for Scotland and a Storytelling Festival for the Iona Community. She hopes that the arts community represented by Comar and the local community (creatives, teachers, countryside rangers) can find common ground and mutual encouragement. 

Will Thorne 
Will was born and brought up in London, and studied Architecture at the Macintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, and then at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. Since graduating, Will worked for Anne Thorne Architects, and then for Richard Rogers (RSH+P) before setting up in practice with his wife on the Isle of Mull. 

He has over 15 years of experience of a wide range of projects including everything from mega projects like the Leadenhall building in London, colloquially known as ’the cheese grater’ and Heathrow Terminal 5 through to smaller projects such as the Ulva Ferry Community Housing on Mull.

As such, Will is well placed to provide advice and guidance for upcoming capital projects in order to help Mull Theatre and An Tobar secure a great new venue and deliver the refurbishments needed.