Ninian Perry | Creative Director 

Ninian (he/him) is the Creative Director of Paragon Music. A founder member of Paragon, he is a passionate believer in the power of new music to help change people’s lives for the better. In 1990 he set up Paragon’s Music Programme and his work in schools and the wider community is regarded as one of the most successful models for bringing people together from all walks of life to create and perform new music. As a teacher, performer and director he leads Paragon’s inclusive programmes. He studied at Dartington College of Arts, the Royal College of Music and York University.

Contact Ninian at [email protected]

Charlotte Riley Gibson | Resonate Director (currently on maternity leave)

Charlotte (she/her) helped to establish Paragon’s inclusive programmes and performance events, attracting participants, partners and audiences throughout Scotland. The close relationships she has nurtured with people at all levels of the organisation ensure that everyone involved with Paragon can enjoy our ethos of active, fun and inclusive participation in the arts. 

As a practitioner, she mentors individuals on our Horizons programme and trains staff in Paragon’s inclusive arts practice and disability equality, having also recently completed her British Sign Language level 2.

She now also directs Paragon’s Resonate programme throughout Dumfries and Galloway.

Contact Charlotte at [email protected]

Lucy Renwick | Resonate Development Officer

Lucy (she/her) has the glorious task of helping develop Dumfries & Galloway’s Resonate programme, to enable young people in even the most rural of settings to access opportunities to explore and express themselves through music and art. Lucy’s background is in both music (as a singer and composer) and social care; added to this her passion for inclusive access to the arts for all, she is an ideal match for this role.

Contact Lucy at [email protected] 

Jamie Little | Technical Coordinator

Jamie (he/him) is the Technical Coordinator for the Dumfries & Galloway workshops. This means making sure venues are booked and set up the best they can be so that everyone who comes to our workshops can write, rehearse and perform their music!

Jamie is also an active Paragon Practitioner who loves being able to make music with musicians all over the region of Dumfries and Galloway.

Jamie is a guitarist who enjoys making music remotely using software like Logic Pro X

Contact Jamie at [email protected] 

Fiona Corr-Macleod | Business Development Manager (currently on maternity leave)

Fiona (she/her) makes all that we do at Paragon possible by raising the funds and reaching out to partners, trusts, foundations and public bodies developing a network of supporters that understand and value the work that Paragon is doing. She connects Paragon with partners in Scotland and abroad, including in Italy and India, spreading the word of Paragon’s inclusive arts practice and inviting new friends and followers to be part of the movement of inclusion and equality through music and dance.

As a qualified Yoga teacher, Fiona also helps us to be constantly mindful of our health and well being.

Contact Fiona at [email protected]

Lisa Butler | Groove Director

Lisa (she/her) directs the Groove mentoring programme at Paragon, matching aspiring musicians and dancers with a professional mentor to support their creative journey. She is passionate about understanding the unique goals and aspirations of mentees, and creating new and exciting opportunities for people to reach their potential in the arts.

Lisa has a background in Occupational Therapy, with experience working in autism and mental health support organisations. She has experienced first hand the power of art to promote wellbeing, self-expression and confidence, and believes the arts and its benefits should be accessible to all.

Contact Lisa at [email protected]

Laura Hundert | Groove Coordinator 

Laura (she/her) assists with coordinating the Groove mentoring programme as well as the group workshops at Paragon. Her main passion in life is helping to make the music performance world more inclusive and accessible. She believes music can be a tool for social justice and universal understanding.

Laura is also a professional clarinetist who enjoys performing in diverse locations with her clarinet quartet, The Silver Keys, and other various chamber ensembles. 

Contact Laura at [email protected]

Emma Murdoch - SAMPLE Coordinator

Emma (she/her) co-ordinates the Sample programme and also is a mentor/practitioner within the Groove and various group workshops. She is passionate about bringing the creative ideas of participants to life and believes that music and dance is an essential part of self expression, healing and personal development. 

Emma is also a singer-songwriter and professional guitarist/vocalist - performing regularly up and down the country - solo and with her band.

Contact Emma at [email protected]

Sam Kenyon | Communications Manager

Sam (he/him) manages and coordinates Paragon's communications; including press and marketing, and digital communications across Paragon's website and online platforms. He enjoys finding open and accessible ways to communicate Paragon's values and ethos, as well as the many different pathways people take with us. 

Sam has a background in visual art and cinema exhibition, and is passionate about the potential of new technologies to enrich our creativity and keep us connected. 

Contact Sam at [email protected]