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Creative Ambitions is a 10-week programme specifically tailored to the needs of Creative Freelancers. It features a curated selection of modules, live group discussions, and access to a closed community space. We also have some bonus interviews, masterclasses, and panel discussions which will be released along the way.

To join the Scottish programme you must be resident in Scotland and 25 or over.

In this first session, you will meet the Creative Ambitions team, Rachael Brown, Sandy Thomson, and Kieran Daly. They are joined by a group of seasoned experts in topics like leadership, mindset, audience development, money and making an impact.

We will also introduce to you to the private community space on the CEC website where you will find the programme schedule and content, the discussion forum and a directory of your fellow Creative Ambitions participants. This space provides you with the opportunity to meet new creatives and find the support you need to move forward with your creative career.


Rachael Brown

Rachael Brown has over twenty years of experience as a leader in the creative industries and social enterprise sector, building impactful businesses and turning ideas into reality. As Chief Executive of The Future Economy Company, she leads an all-female executive team across a wide range of innovative programmes that up-skill, empower and connect the creative community. Connect with Rachael

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

Sandy Thomson

Sandy Thomson is a CEC Advisor, Artistic Director of UK theatre company Poorboy and USA film company, Squad Walk. She specialises in supporting emerging and established creative entrepreneurs to be resilient in tough times and sustainable in the long run. She helps them balance their creative imperatives with their business essentials. Sandy is excellent at working in the space where business meets creative practice. Connect with Sandy