Introducing Gordon Morrison, CEO of the Association of Cultural Enterprises (ACE)

We are delighted to announce that Gordon Morrison will soon be the new CEO of ACE and would like to congratulate him on his appointment.

Having worked in the sector for over 15 years, Gordon has held a number of prominent roles, including CEO of ASVA, Quality & Tourism Manager with VisitScotland where he was responsible for the delivery of the highly regarded Visitor Attraction Grading Scheme and Commercial & Visitor Services Manager for Museums & Galleries Edinburgh where he spearheaded the iconic attractions, Scott Monument and Museum of Childhood.

We have been fortunate enough to have worked with Gordon as both a client and a candidate. In our latest instalment of the Arts, Heritage and Culture ‘Conversations with’ series, Gordon sat down with Rebekah to reflect on his experience working with us as a candidate during his recruitment journey to CEO of ACE.


 

Watch the full interview with Gordon here.

‘Even before I became a successful candidate, I was struck by the level of time you were willing to spend. There was a real sense of care for me as the candidate and for the organisation to which I was applying, and that’s quite unique as you don’t see that all the time — and I thought that was excellent…’

Can you give me an overview of what it’s been like working with Peridot as a candidate?

When I looked at the ACE role and was considering applying for it, Peridot afforded me a significant amount of time to chat through the role which helped me establish in my own head if this was the right position and time in my career to proceed. I can’t overestimate how important that initial support was from a candidate’s perspective — that initial conversation set me on the journey of applying for the role.

You were available to me throughout the process and the fact that you were proactively approaching me to check on my progress created a level of personalisation that I found to be refreshing. Even before I became a successful candidate, I was struck by the level of time you were willing to spend. There was a real sense of care for me as the candidate and for the organisation to which I was applying, and that’s quite unique as you don’t see that all the time — and I thought that was excellent; those would be the core takeaways for me.

How would you rate the feedback you received from us during the process?

The feedback I received throughout the process was honest, which I appreciated. It was key that you were keen to build a relationship from the outset as that led to mutual trust being quickly established — and that is one of the reasons why I am sitting in front of you today.

Before I had even mentioned my concerns regarding potential challenges, you proactively presented me with solutions and reassurance. Furthermore, my strengths and weaknesses were carefully considered which gave me confidence in my application.

What would you tell someone considering working with us?

From a candidate’s perspective, you want to work with an organisation and with a consultant that is genuinely interested in what they’re doing —and that shone through from both you, Rebekah, and Peridot as well.

It was clear that you had done your homework in terms of what ACE was looking for — and you were able to answer all the questions that I had. As I mentioned previously, the level of personal care shown to me was exceptional.

I can’t speak highly enough of the process – we built up a connection that will continue.

Therefore, I would happily recommend to anyone in the industry to use you, or at least have a conversation — I think they will quickly see that this is an organisation that will support them. I would also reassure people that you’re quite happy to just have a conversation and you’re not at all pushy. As an industry, we’re caring, personable and gentle in many ways.

It’s all about interpersonal skills and building relationships — Peridot are friendly, nice to work with and to deal with, so thank you!

‘I can’t overestimate how important that initial support was from a candidate’s perspective — that initial conversation set me on the journey of applying for the role.’


If you’re inspired to find your next incredible role in the arts, heritage and culture sector, please email Rebekah, or connect with her on LinkedIn.

 

Rebekah Abbott is our Head of Arts, Heritage and Culture Appointments. With over 20 years’ experience in the sector, including having founded her own music-based not for profit, Luminosa Music, Rebekah has a first-hand understanding of the importance that having the right leaders in the right roles at the right time, can have on the success of an organisation.