Current Board Members

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. 

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.