Our Board

Stellar Quines is both a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. Our Board is 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.

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    Lesley Orr

    Chair

    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.

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    Nicola Kenny

    Vice-chair

    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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    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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    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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    Brenna Hobson

    Brenna Hobson is an experienced arts administrator and producer. Having spent most of her career in Australia she moved to Scotland in 2017 to become the Executive Director for the National Theatre of Scotland a post she still holds. She is also a Board Member of Newcastle Live Theatre, the Glasgow Canal Co-op and a steering group member of Culture Counts.

    Prior to this she was the Executive Director and co-Chief Executive for Belvoir in Sydney, Australia’s fourth largest theatre company. During Brenna’s tenure Belvoir established an international presence with productions on Broadway, the Barbican and Southbank Centres in London and numerous European and Asian Arts festivals..

    Brenna holds a Masters of Management (Arts Administration) from the University of Technology, Sydney. She served on the Sydney Opera House Trust from January 2014 to May 2017 where she was on the Audit and Risk Committee.

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    Leigh Robieson-Cleaver

    As a Producer with a focus on dance, Leigh has worked on a diverse range of projects, spanning acclaimed shows for young audiences to site-specific performance installations to award-winning productions which tour the UK and internationally. Leigh enjoys collaborating with artists and organisations to support the development of innovative and thought-provoking work that engages audiences and participants from all walks of life, so is delighted to join the Board of Stellar Quines. 

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    Zoë Farrugia

    Zoë is an accomplished theatre-maker and co-founder of Prickly Pear Productions, a female-led theatre company that champions underrepresented artists. She is also currently working as the Programme Manager for Creative Edinburgh. 

    She is passionate about Stellar Quines’ work involving female stories and communities in Scotland and believes this is vital to developing the industry in a positive direction