Ninian Perry | Creative Director 

Ninian 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 | Programme and Events Manager 

Charlotte 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]

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

Fiona 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 | Programme Coordinator

Lisa coordinates the Horizons 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]

Sam Kenyon | Communications Manager

Sam 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]