We are a passionate, driven and growing team, with a shared passion and commitment to creating an inclusive, diverse and ethical film sector in Scotland.

GMAC Film nurtures a collaborative, non-hierarchical, creative work culture where each person plays a crucial role in realising the ambitions of the organisation.

Staff at GMAC Film

Paddy Higson

Chief Executive Officer

Paddy Higson joined the staff team at GMAC Film in February 2019, having been Chair of the Board for the previous three years. She was a film and television producer of note for nearly forty years; made an Honorary Doctor of Drama by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2012, and was awarded a BAFTA for her Outstanding Contribution to the Industry by BAFTA Scotland in 2018.

I was delighted to accept the challenge of leading GMAC Film to a truly sustainable future over the next couple of years, and will be looking to all friends and colleagues past and present to assist me in doing this. We are launching a Membership, Donation and Sponsorship drive this year with the aim of enhancing the charitable work that we do for our target groups – free at the point of delivery.

Marion Ferguson

General Manager

After 7 years as Gallery Manager at Glasgow Print Studio, Marion completed her Mlitt in Fine Art Practice in 2014 before working freelance until early 2019. Her passion for a more diverse creative sector in Scotland brought her to GMAC Film. 

I love working with people so heading the Creative Hub is an amazing place to be. Connecting people from diverse backgrounds and facilitating collaboration between the groups who use our hub supports the outreach work we do. It’s this daily activity I enjoy the most, knowing it’s contributing to an even bigger picture and our aim of a more inclusive screen industry. 

Lisa Doherty

Youth Programme Manager

Lisa joined the GMAC Film team in May 2019. She is passionate about working with individuals, communities and groups to create more equal and sustainable communities on a local and global scale. Lisa has experience of managing a varied range of charity and third sector projects in Glasgow, London and South Africa.

I am passionate and driven looking to create high- quality programmes at GMAC Film, that are fun and impactful for young people and adults taking part. I hope to create more opportunities that support the growth and sustainability at GMAC Film.

Anthony Chalmers

Youth Programme Coordinator

Anthony is an independent filmmaker and youth worker. After producing his own work, he created a youth filmmaking programme which he runs with a community youth project. He is an organiser of the Glasgow Film Crew, a grassroots network for independent filmmakers to produce films. He regularly hosts workshops/events, and has produced content for local businesses and community organisations. 

I love the support GMAC gives to independent filmmakers, as well as the work we do creating diverse youth film programmes. I hope to help develop more programmes that continue to be exciting and impactful to the lives of young people.

Gary J Hewitt

Operations Assistant

Gary is an award winning filmmaker who studied at the university of West of Scotland. He has worked on shows like Big Brother, X Factor & River City. Gary also directed feature film Cleek which was distributed on DVD in 2018. Before joining GMAC Film Gary worked as a Casting Assistant for Mad Dog 2020 Casting.

GMAC Film has always supported me since I started my career in film. I hope by taking up the role of Operations Assistant I can support up and coming filmmakers and also those who are currently working in the industry.

Lucy Duncombe

Operations Assistant

Having graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2010, Lucy has worked freelance in sound and music, performing internationally and more recently conducting a choir for an arts project in the Cairngorms. She is interested in widening access to the arts, having herself benefited from time, support and resources that have opened up opportunities for her to realise her own artistic work.

The most recent addition to the GMAC Film Team, I’ve been taken aback by the diversity of projects and activities that GMAC Film enables through offering dedicated time, space and resources to filmmakers. Each day is unique, and it’s been a pleasure to be help deliver its remit and support our lovely team.

Wilma Smith

Filmmakers Programme Manager

Wilma started making films as a teenager. She has over 20 years experience in directing zero budget films both documentary and drama. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2000 in Fine Art Photography and Screen Academy Scotland in 2007 in MA Screenwriting. She also has over 20 years experience in working in community arts and film engagement projects.

“I was introduced to GMAC Film in 1995, and it has been hugely significant in not only my practice as a zero budget filmmaker but with the all inclusive approach and support that was given to me, made me confident in expressing my voice through film. It’s so exciting and inspiring to work with filmmakers from under represented backgrounds and to see new talent develop and grow through our Little Pictures short film commission”

Jeannie Hamilton

Youth Programme Assistant

Jeannie joined the GMAC team in June 2021, coming from a background in youth theatre, film studies and events. Outside of GMAC, Jeannie is also involved in various improv theatre, film and dance projects.

“I am really happy to part of the impactful organisation that is GMAC film, assisting the youth team on their brilliant programme of events. I am excited to work with young people as they begin to explore the ever growing world of film!” 

GMAC Film Board of Directors

Mark Langdon


Mark has over 25 years experience in the Community Learning Development field, has worked at the Community Learning Development Standards Council and currently works closely with partners in Education at Glasgow City Council as a Family Learning Officer employed by Glasgow Life. A member of the International Community Development Association and a registered practitioner with the CLD Standards Council Mark is providing input into aligning the CLD Framework of Ethics and Values to informing the design and delivery of the project.

Andy Harris

Andy has always been an admirer of GMAC Film, when asked to become a board member he was delighted to accept. As a working Production Designer in the film and TV business he hopes that his knowledge and experience will be of benefit to GMAC Film.

He has enjoyed a career working on feature film and television productions in locations from the Outer Hebrides to Europe, Africa and the US,from low budget projects to high-end productions. Andy has worked with directors such as Bill Forsyth, Terence Davies, Hugh Hudson, and Gillies Mackinnon. He would love to work on more Scottish based dramas both classic and modern.

Rosie Street

Rosie Street was appointed to the GMAC Film Board in June 2019 – she has worked on advertising and marketing for some of Scotland’s biggest brands in both agency and client settings and currently works at D8, a branding and design agency in Glasgow.

I believe that GMAC Film changes lives through its work. I hope to enthuse potential sponsors about the help they can offer and build the brand; to increase donations and rally support for this incredible charity run by passionate, prolific people. Let’s make film accessible together.

Justine Leahy

Justine is the Head of Production at ISO Design, one of the UK’s leading digital studios. Justine brings over twenty years experience in the TV & Film sector as Line Producer and Production Manager, working across ground breaking and award winning productions, and producing BAFTA award winning short Drama.

Diversity & inclusion is central to the future of a successful vibrant film & TV industry. Diverse voices tell new stories in an exciting and fresh way, transforming audience perspective & understanding. 

Marina Notaraki

Born in Greece and now resident in Scotland, Marina built on her degree in Film Studies with a Masters in Screenwriting through Screen Academy Scotland. She has contributed to a diverse range of shoots, workshops and residencies including Bellrock 2017, Talents Sarajevo 2017 and SFTN’s Scottish Shorts 2018.

Marina believes in the power of unheard stories and this is why she is part of GMAC Film. Sharing her experience as a queer, immigrant female filmmaker, she is excited to help facilitate a supportive network for marginalised voices in cinema.

Lisa Kelly

Lisa is a Lecturer in Film & TV Studies at the University of Glasgow where she is Co-Director of EDI Lab within the College of Arts. She is the author of The Rise and Fall of the UK Film Council (2015) and is currently working on a project exploring health and safety on set.
I am a first generation academic passionate about the cultural benefits of film and TV and the creation of new entry pathways into the screen industries.

I am excited about the work GMAC Film is doing in these areas and look forward to contributing to the future growth of the organisation.

Simon Mallinson

In 1990, Simon started Mallinson Television Productions, focussing on making TV commercials for the Scottish market. Over the years, MTP have won more than 200 Scottish and International awards.
Simon has more recently diversified into film-making, with the Scottish Bafta winning film Hector starring Peter Mullan, and via documentaries with his co-run MSP company.

Simon sees his main role at GMAC as supporting GMAC Film’s CEO, Paddy Higson & making the production world aware of the huge contribution GMAC Film makes to the industry via entry level opportunities for a diverse range of Scottish filmmakers.

GMAC Film Youth Team

The GMAC Film Youth Team help set up youth-events. Learn more here.

Evan Bridges

Ursula Grant

Lucas Murray-Reynolds

Luke McGlinchey