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.Find out more
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.
Dr Ann-Christine Simke is a theatre and performance researcher, lecturer and occasional freelance dramaturg and cultural facilitator. Her work focuses on the intersection between art and activism, an area in which Stellar Quines is leading by inspiring example. Stellar Quines’ caring, rigorous approach to creative production and social engagement attracted her to their work.
In December 2022, Ann-Christine joined the Performance Programme at the University of the West of Scotland as a permanent lecturer. Prior to this, she has worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Theatre Studies Institute in Bern, Switzerland, as cultural programmer at the Goethe-Institut Glasgow and as tutor and lecturer at Glasgow University and Queen Margaret University in Musselburgh.
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 be on the Board of Stellar Quines.
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.
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 & Operations Manager for Big House Events, a leading Theatre and Live event Scenery provider 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.
Tash joined the Board because she wanted to support Stellar Quines as one of very few companies actively working to bring women and girls to the front of theatre and creative practice.
Rachel is an experienced senior manager and consultant. She advises charities, small businesses and public sector organisations on employment, pay and organisational development issues. She has also worked in government, academia and the voluntary sector. Previous voluntary roles include Honorary Employment Specialist at Children 1st, Chair of the Equality Network and Vice-Chair of The Work Room (Dance). She is currently the treasurer of the dance company, Curious Seed. Particular experience Rachel brings to the Board includes senior management, governance, organisational development and financial management experience.
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.