Development Manager

Gillian Easson



Join Date

October 2006

What I do

Gillian managed Nesta's start-up programmes supporting innovative entrepreneurs across the UK – including Starter for 6, Peer Mentoring and Insight Out. 

In 2009, Starter for 6 was adopted by the Scottish Government through Creative Scotland to extend the service.

She helped create the Creative Enterprise Toolkit which is still being used by Universities across the UK - a collection of tools and materials that have been developed supporting creative entrepreneurs through our start-up work. 


Since leaving Nesta, Gillian has founded Creative Dundeean online platform to amplify and promote talent. She has also started an events series to better connect the city’s creative communities.

She has also led the development of a digital platform, We Dundee, which enables citizens to co-create cultural activities.

Over the last decade, Nesta has supported early-stage entrepreneurs with creative and practical tools which simply, but critically, offer a useful framework for developing, testing and turning business ideas into tangible solutions, focused on long term sustainability.
Gillian Easson
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
As Scotland gears up for its annual swell of visitors during the festival season, the world also awaits the summer release of Disney/Pixar's latest 3D animated film, Brave. Set in medieval Scotland, Brave features a fiery red-headed heroine, tons of tartan and highland scenery galore.
Gillian Easson
Tuesday, 19 June 2012