Balancing the spinning plates

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If you feel that you are spinning way too many plates when it comes to managing your time, the work that you do and that never-ending to-do list, then this session is for. Kieran Daly, Head of Market Building, Social Investment Scotland will be joined by leading entrepreneur, Fiona McKenzie, the co-founder of CentreStage, an amazing community hub based in Kilmarnock.

CentreStage use the arts to engage and provide support and services for some of the most disadvantage and vulnerable people in the community including children, families and the elderly. The centre has many facets providing a range of activities, a safe and welcoming space and the physical, mental and social care needed to support its community.

Leading a large organisation with so many moving parts can be challenging but being able to step back and recognise what you can and can’t control is key, how you set parameters, prioritise the to-do list and manage your precious time. Fiona will share her expertise and experience of balancing all the spinning plates before they crash and fall.

    • How not to get bogged down by the to-do list
    • How to refocus and declutter
    • How to recognise the challenges and work through it
    • Take the time to reflect and move forward
    • Prioritise and look after you


Fiona McKenzie

Fiona co-founded Centrestage Communities in 2006. She is an Entrepreneurial Founder at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde Business School and was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from Caledonian University in 2019. She currently serves as director of Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry. CentreStage’s vision for a society where everyone can realise their potential, regardless of age or circumstance, is being driven through development of Scotland’s largest community-led asset transfer to date, at the regenerated 1.8 hectare site of the former Kilmarnock Academy, to create a cultural, social and community hub for the entire community

Kieran Daly

Kieran has worked in social enterprise for over 15 years, and spent time after art school as a freelance community arts practitioner working with The Prince’s Trust and others. He has worked with creative freelancers in previous roles as Head of Learning at Hoxton Hall, a Grade II listed Music Hall and Theatre in East London, and as Programmes Director at creative youth charity Tower Hamlets Summer University. Most recently Kieran was Scotland Manager at Big Issue Invest, supporting early-stage social businesses with investment and support, and is currently Head of Market Building at Social Investment Scotland, Scotland’s leading investor in social, cultural, and environmental businesses. Connect with Kieran