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 also a Saltire Fellow through 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 Entrepreneur, 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 our Business Development Officer.  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

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.

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.