Our team

The Circle has the support of an enthusiastic team with a range of experience and interests.

Our staff

Kirsty Thomson

Kirsty Thomson The Circle CEO

Kirsty is our Founder and Chief Executive Office. Kirsty has worked with charities, social enterprises and organisations for 17 years. She is also Managing Director of ACK , a Third Sector consultancy that has been running for six years with five members of staff and hard-working volunteers. Kirsty is currently taking part in Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Fellowship. 

Kirsty is a fundraising event veteran who has stacked up an impressive collection of evening wear now. As a social change maker, she is a busy lady but spends her precious spare time with her family and friends and enjoys a glass or two in her local haunt, Mennies.


Paul Hastie

Paul Hastie The Circle Manager


Paul is The Circle Manager. He has worked in third sector with consultancy ACK.  He brings significant management experience to the role.


Nicola Donnelly


Nicola is currently on maternity leave. Nicola has worked at the University of Dundee in marketing, communication and admin posts before running her own business. She is new to the world of social enterprises but enjoys building a valuable network, looking after tenants and promoting the work of The Circle.

Nicola has run conferences, workshops and pop-up shops and is a regular attendee of creative events in the city. She has little artistic talent but she does appreciate the work of others. Nicola has founded a book club, has an obsession with London and enjoys traveling (yes, even the ‘getting there’ part).


Our Board

Euan McLeod


Euan is Business Partner at Johnston Carmichael. He signed up early to join Kirsty in her vision to turn an empty building in the north of Dundee into a hub of activity for the third sector, businesses and the community.

Euan is an extremely experienced accountant who has a deep understanding of how social enterprises work.

Alasdair McGill


Ali is Managing Director of Ashton McGill. Ali is on a mission to transform organisations with how they design their services to give an enviable customer service. He is an established entrepreneur with several businesses under his belt and contributes as a non-executive director for a range of clients.

Ali loves in no particular order his bicycle, proper coffee, Sharpies and TED talks. He spends a lot of time on the road and his time-management is the envy of many.

Mike Press 

Board meeting

Mike is a Partner of Open Change, a service design practice. Until 2016 he was Professor of Design at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee. He is passionate about teaching how the principles of design can change lives and embedding entrepreneurial thinking in the education of young people. 

Mike enjoys really nice food, connecting people and the BBC 6 Music funk and soul show.

Jo Eismont


Jo is Creative Content Manager at Insights, a global people development company based in Dundee, and she’s fascinated by what can happen when you bring people together in unexpected ways. 

Jo is a Mum of two, a reluctant cat-owner and quite unexpectedly, a runner with one eye on a half-marathon in 2018.

Pete Baillie

PB for The Circle

Pete’s in a leadership role at WL Gore & Associates in Dundee and deals with complex high frequency electronics in the world of aerospace.

Having spent the early part of his childhood growing up just a few hundred yards from The Circle, he enjoys being back ‘home’ and collaborating with folk on the ongoing evolution of the hub that supports so many different groups and outlooks.

Pete’s still trying to convince himself that running to get fit can be ‘fun’ whilst secretly preferring a hill climb that at least brings the reward of a view or two.