Client Testimonials

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Kirkintilloch Arts and Cultural Centre

Finella came highly recommended from colleagues in Scottish Enterprise, and worked with us to develop a business case for a planned Arts and Cultural Centre.  Finella showed significant flair for engaging with stakeholders, communities, the client team and others, and her work was consistently of the highest quality. This is someone who clearly understands the needs of major capital funders and how to present a compelling and winning case. 

Joan Riddell, Projector Director, East Dunbartonshire Council

Edinburgh Assembly Rooms

Finella provided us with the crucial basis for the project's business plan - and with good-humoured good sense and the occasional flash of brilliance.  What more could you ask? The proof's in the Assembly Rooms project - which (so far) has been a great success.

Lindsay Robertson, Arts Manager, City of Edinburgh Council

The Hepworth

Finella's hands-on experience in developing and running cultural visitor attractions was invaluable in mapping out and estimating the size and value of the markets for the new Hepworth Gallery.

Kevin Kaley, Director, Tourism UK

Aviemore Highland Resort

Finella Devitt was attracted onto the team for Aviemore because of her input to the launch phase of the Lomond Shores development at Loch Lomond. Finella brought to the team zest, focus and strategic approach to the re-awakening of the Aviemore dream. Ms Devitt’s unique, refreshing approach to the marketing process re-kindled the enthusiasm of the management team to bring forward a development of equilibrium.

David Sutherland, Chairman, Tulloch (Project Partner)

Rye Art Gallery and Museum

Rye Art Gallery Trust benefited from a business development study by experts, including Iridescence, funded by Renaissance Museums. As Chair of the Trust, I was delighted to hear about ways to improve the business. Some of the recommendations chimed with our own ideas, but took on new relevance when endorsed by the study.

Anthony Kimber, Chair, Chair Rye Art Gallery Trust

Wycombe Centre of Creativity

Wycombe District Council commissioned Finella Devitt in 2009 to write an independent business plan for local community group Arts4every1. Finella was thorough and professional throughout the process, and met all the deadlines. She worked well with the community, stakeholders and the Council, and we were very happy with the quality of the final business plan. This was used to inform the Council’s decision to acquire the former St John’s Church and Hall in High Wycombe which last year opened to the public as Arts4every1 Centre for Arts, Creativity and Enterprise.

Katie Tyssen, Arts Development Officer, Wycombe District Council

Dalrymple Hall and Arts Centre, Fraserburgh

I wanted to ‘officially’ say thanks for your work on the Dalrymple feasibility study. It was a very positive experience working with you. Your commitment to the project and enthusiasm never faltered. I was impressed too with your appreciating and understanding of each stakeholder’s aspirations for the project – whilst demonstrating your strategic vision and good practical knowledge. I think you managed the sensitivities of the group superbly. You have helped bring clarity to what has, at times, been a subject of confusion and contradictions.

Saskia Gibbon, Arts Development Officer, Aberdeenshire Council

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Events Programme

I have been involved with Iridescence in the generation of two bids to the European Regional Development Fund: for marketing the Glasgow-wide Whistler Festival and a Charles Rennie Mackintosh marketing campaign. In both bids Iridescence provided informed and strategic input, which was core to the successful completion of the bids. Finella was also a pleasure to work with.

Pamela Robertson, Senior Curator, Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

The Beat Project

I advertised nationally to find a unique person to help me develop a very large initiative and business plan, I was very lucky to find Finella who proved to be such an asset to my future plans. Finella was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend her to anyone who wants to receive a highly professional and friendly service that goes the extra mile to ensure you end with a product better than you envisaged.

Steve Carley, MD, The Beat Project

Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen

Iridescence was a delight to work with; from genuine listening to the client’s brief, enthusiastic grasping of the driving vision behind it, through to imaginative, fresh and, most importantly, appropriate ideas for making money. I would thoroughly recommend Iridescence.

Lindsay Gordon, Director, Peacock Visual Arts

Glasgow Restaurateurs Association

We had been nominated by Scottish Enterprise Glasgow for a Thistle Award and Finella had been contracted by them to help us prepare a submission... Normally the time to run a mile! On the contrary she speedily got her mind to the kernel of what we were all about and was responsible for an excellent piece of work. I had to liaise with her and found her to be very professional at all times in her approach, also her calming manner helped tremendously as the deadline approached!

Bill Neish, Glasgow Restaurateurs Association

Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow

I have been involved with Iridescence in the generation of two bids to the European Regional Development Fund: for marketing the Glasgow-wide Whistler Festival and a Charles Rennie Mackintosh marketing campaign. In both bids Iridescence provided informed and strategic input, which was core to the successful completion of the bids. Finella was also a pleasure to work with.

Pamela Robertson, Senior Curator, Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

Collage Arts

In 2009/10 Collage Arts won a tender to deliver a range of projects in West London - Finella Devitt  was a member of  the team that developed the strategy which successfully won the tender.  Finella’s knowledge of the creative and community arts sector and her research skills made a significant contribution in the organisation winning the tender and establishing Collage Arts in West London. Finella has also contributed her expertise as a consultant to the board of Collage Arts and again her contribution has been invaluable in the growth of the organisation.

Manoj Ambasna, Executive Director, Collage Arts

Glasgow Centre of Contemporary Art

Working with Finella Devitt has been a pleasure. She is focused, enthusiastic and totally committed to any task she undertakes. As someone who has dealt with more consultants than most people do in an average lifetime during the redevelopment of CCA, I feel well qualified to comment.

Graham McKenzie, Director, CCA

The Merchant Hotel, Belfast

As market leaders, we aim to stay ahead of the competition through thorough research of the market and an innovative approach to marketing. We sought Finella’s input to develop the marketing strategy for the 5* luxury ‘Merchant Hotel’, the first hotel project to be undertaken by Beannchor and definitely our most ambitious project to date. Under Finella’s management, a ‘think tank’ of highly qualified individuals was pulled together for an intensive marketing meeting with the senior managers which resulted in an extremely effective marketing plan. Finella demonstrated excellent lateral thinking on this wide ranging subject.

Bill Wolsey, MD/Proprietor, Beannchor Ltd

Loch Lomond Shores

Finella is a very gifted marketeer. Her enthusiasm, energy and creativity are infectious for everyone who works with her. She made an outstanding contribution to the development of Loch Lomond Shores when I was Chairman and she was CEO of the Management Company.

Derek Reid, Chairman, Loch Lomond Shores Management Company

House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

I regard our employment of Finella Devitt as having been a major success. We were looking for a Chief Executive with imagination and enthusiasm, who would establish a new enterprise – the House for an Art Lover – as a visitor centre and as a centre for the stimulation of interest in art, design, and architecture. Finella achieved all of that and in a confident and friendly manner, placed a stamp of quality on our product which sustains the company today.

David Leslie, Chairman, House for an Art Lover

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This is someone who clearly understands the needs of major capital funders and how to present a compelling and winning case. 

Joan Riddell, Projector Director, East Dunbartonshire Council

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