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Celebrating Nottinghamshire women excelling in creative industries

Creativity is an integral part of our work here at Spinning Clock. The women in our team are innovators, project managers, designers, marketers and financial controllers working across all areas of business to produce content for our clients we are all proud of – meet our staff here.

Today on International Women’s Day we seek to celebrate women working across creative industries in Nottingham and their incredible achievements.

Shona Powell – Director of Lakeside Arts 

Shona Powell is the first Director of the ever-expanding Lakeside Arts Centre set on University Park Campus. She has worked to constantly build her career over the years and has led Lakeside Arts to success during her 15 years in the position.

Lakeside Arts is home to Weston Gallery, the University of Nottingham Museum, the Djanogly Gallery and it’s own theatre – creative spaces which promote Nottingham’s music, dance, artistry and performance industries. Shona told the Nottingham Post the best part of her job is ‘the privilege of doing something I really love, whilst meeting with truly creative people.

Stephanie Sirr – Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse

 Nottingham Playhouse chief executive Stephanie Sirr. Photo: James Allan

Stephanie Sirr is Nottingham Playhouse’s brilliant Chief Executive. Her work extends beyond her job description, she regularly contributes to finding solutions for wider issues in the creative community in Nottingham. Most recently she has spoken about the responsibility for theatres to support sustainability.

Fiona Robertson – Writer 

Fiona is a member of Nottingham’s Writer’s Studio and has just had her inspirational debut book ‘The Art of Finding Yourself’ published. She tells the Creative Quarter how coming second in a national writing competition run by The Guardian boosted her confidence and pushed her to keep writing. Fiona also notes that Nottingham is ‘very supportive of creativity‘ which she also attributes to aiding her continued success.


Corina Rothwell – Illustrator 

Corina Rothwell is an Illustrator based in Nottingham who exhibits and her work on her website. Her increasingly popular drawings are based on her own humorous observations on everyday life.

Kathy McArdle – Chief Executive Officer at Creative Quarter


Kathy McArdle describes the Creative Quarter as ‘Nottingham’s hub for creative businesses’ supporting Nottingham’s continually growing cohort of tech, creative and digital companies. Her work at Creative Quarter has been extremely influential in leading the company to win industry awards and forge new partnerships in the city and beyond.



The Stage


Nottingham Post

Corrina Rothwell



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Lakeside Arts

Fiona Robertson



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  1. All positive power to these successful women and all the wonderful women who have been their “head, heart and hands”…. enabling creative ideas to manifest as productive life enhancing experiences.

    All the very best to you all

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