Our Board

Stellar Quines is both a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. The Board are responsible for overseeing the operation of the company with specific emphasis on Policy and Planning, Artistic Programme, Advocacy, Management, Legal and Finance and Employment and Personnel.

We are currently recruiting for new Board Members. We are keen to hear from people with a wide variety of lived experience who can bring their skills and energy to Stellar Quines.

 

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    Sue Moody

    Chair

    Sue Moody was introduced to theatre at a very early age in her home city of Dublin – and has loved it ever since. She has been involved in art-based organisations for over twenty years, primarily as a Board member of Dundee Rep for 12 years with particular responsibility for Creative Learning matters. Sue is also a long-standing member of Loadsa Weeminsingin, a Dundee based all-women singing group, and of Engender. Sue worked with and for survivors of crime for more than thirty years, as a researcher, University teacher, service provider, policy analyst and senior manager in the Scottish prosecution service. Sue chaired the PPT for a Lottery funded heritage project celebrating over 130 years of change making and change makers linked to Abertay University and led the Steering Group for the McManus 168 heritage project. She previously chaired the Scottish Refugee Council Board between 2015 to 2018 and was on the Scottish Sentencing Council as an expert on victims.
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    Elspeth MacArthur

    Vice-Chair

    Elspeth MacArthur is a former Human Resources Director with a career which was based in both London and Edinburgh, and during which she worked in disability employment, in standards and quality assurance, and in higher education. She has also held Board positions in education, in community development, and in the judicial sector. A thread throughout has been a life-long interest in theatre. Joining the Board of Stellar Quines is a wonderful opportunity to give something back to a world which has given so much to her, and which also reflects her continuing interests in diversity and in communities. Elspeth is also currently a volunteer with the Macmillan Cancer Support ‘Macmillan in Libraries’ project providing community based drop-in information/referral services in Edinburgh Libraries for anyone affected by cancer.

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    Jackie Crichton

    Jackie Crichton is the Literary Associate at The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company in Edinburgh. Her work at The Lyceum focuses on scripts, programming and artist development. Jackie was one of Stellar Quines’ first Board Pioneers. During her time on the board, she has developed the pioneer programme further creating a resource pack to be shared with the wider industry. She also chairs the Fundraising Sub-committee.

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    Gail Preston

    Gail Preston studied English Literature and Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow. Whilst there, she was artistic director of a student theatre company with a focus on promoting new writing and devised work. She then worked with young people in a number of companies including TAG, Scottish Opera, and Scottish Youth Theatre, before embarking on a career in teaching. After roles as both Principal Teacher of Drama and Faculty Head of Expressive Arts, Gail is currently Depute Head of Dalkeith High School with a broad remit which includes the support of the arts in education.

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    Nicola Kenny

    Nicola Kenny is an experienced marketing and communications professional and joined the Stellar Quines Board in 2019. She is currently working at the Scottish Government within the Brand Scotland team and oversees all digital channels and content for international audiences. She has previously held a range of different marketing, digital and project management roles for many arts organisations including Social Bite, Edinburgh International Festival, The Audience Business, Dundee Contemporary Arts and Dance Base.

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    Natasha Lee-Walsh

    Natasha Lee-Walsh trained in Stage Management & Theatre Production at QMC.  For over 20 years she has worked across the live art field, specialising for a time in Stage and Company Management of mid to large scale international tours.

    Tash took the decision to keep her feet on terra-firma a few years ago and the discovery of all things circus prompted a very natural move into a role as a circus producer, producing outdoor, promenade, immersive work with community outreach, which culminated in the production of WHITE GOLD, a flagship show in the Commonwealth Games showcase 2014.

    A couple of small people later, Tash is the General and Operations Manager for Big House Events, one of Scotland’s leading Theatre and Live event Scenery providers and is co-founder of Edinburgh Open Workshop, a not-for-profit offering pay-as-you-go access to a professional workshop and machinery in Leith.

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    Ann-Christine Simke

    Dr Ann-Christine Simke (she/her) is a theatre and performance researcher, lecturer and occasional freelance dramaturg. Originally from the rural, flat landscape of northwestern Germany, her love of thinking, writing and talking about theatre has taken her all over Europe and to the Scottish highlands. She has worked as a theatre studies lecturer for Glasgow University and Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and has been a theatre, film and dance programmer for the Goethe Institute in Glasgow. Currently, she is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Theatre Studies Institute in Bern, Switzerland.

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    Lesley Orr

    Lesley is a feminist historian, writer and activist with over thirty years professional and voluntary commitment to challenging gender inequality, abuse and violence against women – in Scotland and internationally. She is an honorary fellow of New College, University of Edinburgh and has worked at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.  She has extensive research, training and consultancy experience, having worked for the Scottish Government and the women’s sector including Zero Tolerance, Rape Crisis and Scottish Women’s Aid. Lesley’s voluntary and civic engagement over the years includes membership and chairing of many boards and committees. She is currently an elected member of the Women for Independence national committee and a trustee of her choir, Edinburgh Royal Choral Union. She is an experienced lecturer, facilitator and public speaker, and a regular contributor to print and broadcast media. Lesley’s professional and research activity has always included a strong component of collaboration and public engagement with activists, politicians, artists, creative practitioners and policy makers –  particularly in relation to women’s history, social movements and gender justice. Lesley is a lifelong supporter of theatre and the arts in Scotland, and passionate about their potential to inspire, provoke and transform.