Operations Team

The Operations Team is employed by the Board to implement the artistic direction of the Curatorial Team. In addition to implementing artistic direction, the Operations Team leads on Finance & Fundraising, Administration, Marketing and Human Resources.

All Stove Network projects have a Lead Artist who is responsible for delivering individual projects for The Stove Network. Normally Lead Artists are members of the Curatorial Team, however this is not always the case and other people can be contracted by The Stove Network to lead on projects that have been approved by the Curatorial Team.

Matt Baker – Orchestrator (Definition: An artist in their own right in forming and guiding collective action with a recognised role/authority to do so)
In keeping with The Stove Network values of working collectively, the role of Orchestrator is about facilitation and creative working across The Stove Network. The Orchestrator does NOT manage the Curatorial Team – rather the Orchestrator is the means by which the Curatorial Team can collectively direct The Stove Network artistically. The Orchestrator is one of the key means by which the working of The Stove Network is transparent and inclusive for members, other stakeholders and the general public. The Orchestrator is:

  • a member of the Curatorial Team
  • responsible for embedding Stove Values throughout the operations of the organisation and implementation of projects
  • a central pivot in The Stove Network around which other elements move
  • a primary connector between The Stove Network and partners/stakeholders/members.

Ailsa Dickson – Operations Manager and Company Secretary
Working closely with the Orchestrator to ensure the smooth running of the organisation and to develop its future sustainability. Main responsibilities:

  • Organisational Development & HR
  • Financial Management & Governance
  • Funding / Income Generation

Johnny Owens – Stove Administrator
Johnny can be found in the Stove office 5 days a week, dealing with enquiries and helping us maintain effective systems for event and project management. He’s here to lend a hand to anyone who needs it.

Kieran Milne – Cafe Manager
Kieran runs the Stove Cafe and is on the front line of welcoming people into the Stove. With an extensive background in hospitality ranging from working as a chef in some of Edinburghs top kitchens as well as training as a Barista during the Edinburgh Festival (a fast paced working environment for sure) Kieran has joined the Stove team in an effort to reinvent the cafe space and its coffee program and menu.
Having worked for the likes of Neil Forbes (former Scottish chef of the year) at Cafe st Honore in Edinburgh Kieran has been working with Stove chef Marcus to reinvent and reinvigorate the menu at the stove to showcase the some of the amazing produce available in the local area including but not limited to Loch Arthur bread and cheese, Barony smoked fish and game as well as Pru’s amazing vegan cakes!
With a degree in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, Kieran is also working on the cafe aesthetic and how it can integrate with the art programme of the stove. Exciting things ahead!

If you need to contact Kieran you can email him on kieran@thestove.org


Sal Cuddihy – Events Facilitator
As well as sitting on the Stove’s curatorial team, Sal has taken over event management at 100 High Street, including room bookings and managing the AV facilities.

Kirstin McEwan – Marketing
Kirstin runs the marketing for the Stove, including press releases, press contacts and photography, as well as sign writing and producing black boards!

Ellen Mitchell – Graphic Designer
Ellen currently works with us one day a week, designing and producing marketing materials for our events. Ellen started the film programme at The Stove and continues to support these events.