Meet the members of the Stellar Quines Board:
Sue Moody (Chair) 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. She currently chairs a new charitable trust, McManus 168, promoting the work of the McManus Art Gallery and Museum in Dundee. She 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. She chaired the Scottish Refugee Council Board between 2015 to 2018 and is currently a board member of Howard League Scotland.
Lisa Sangster (Vice Chair) trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she received a Sir Geraint Evans Open Scholarship Award and the Legal and General Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Her designs include work for Scottish Opera, National Theatre of Scotland, BBC Scotland, Visible Fictions, Traverse, Macrobert arts centre and she has designed shows in spaces such as the Tall Ship in Glasgow and a disused bus garage in Dumfries! Lisa is a co-founder of The Envelope Room – a network that supports, promotes and connects Theatre Designers in Scotland. She also works part time as an administrator for Terra Incognita.
Kris Bryce is Executive Director and joint Chief Executive of Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Formerly Head of Operations at Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre Ltd, Kris has worked in the arts for over twenty years and specialises in strategic management and organisational development. Moving to the UK from his native Vancouver in 2004, Kris studied for an MA at Bristol and a PhD at St Andrews, and is currently completing an MBA Creative Industries in Aberdeen. Professional experience includes Dundee Contemporary Arts, Bristol Old Vic, and Ticketmaster Canada.
Lisa Kapur is Arts Officer at the City of Edinburgh Council, and works on development and delivery of strategic initiatives within the city, including cultural grant funding programmes.
Lisa has extensive experience of working in the arts sector in Scotland and the UK, having held posts with a range of national and public sector organisations, including the National Theatre of Scotland, Creative Scotland, the Scottish Arts Council, the National Galleries of Scotland, amongst others. Her work has spanned the areas of theatre, music and the visual arts. Lisa has managed a number of high profile projects including the setting up of the National Theatre of Scotland, the Tune Up music touring programme and the inaugural Edinburgh Art Festival. In 2010 she worked with Stellar Quines on its research project Calm Down, Dear!, a study of Gender in Scottish Theatre. Equality and diversity issues have featured strongly in her work, including the launch of Oldham’s intercultural community theatre company, Peshkar Productions and co-ordination of the European Mela Network. At the Scottish Arts Council, her various roles held lead responsibility for a range of cross-artform activity, as well as a strong policy bias, with developmental responsibility in areas such as arts and disability, arts and cultural diversity and arts and social inclusion. Later, as SAC’s Head of Equalities (2008-2010), she led a team which championed diversity and equality in the arts as well as arts and health.
Mary Paulson-Ellis is a writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her first novel, The Other Mrs Walker was published by Pan Macmillan in 2016. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University and also trained as a script editor at BBC Scotland prior to working on the continuing drama, River City. She has several years experience as a mentor and teaching artist, working with adults and children of all ages for organisations including the Skriva Writing School, Napier University, the National Galleries of Scotland and the Edinburgh University Open Studies programme. Prior to developing her career as a writer, Mary worked in fundraising and arts management for organisations including Stellar Quines Theatre Company, the Princes Trust Scotland, the Edinburgh International Festival and TAG Theatre Company.
Caroline Ramsay is a financial services risk and compliance professional, with cross-sector experience in banking, insurance, asset management and wealth management. Caroline has held senior management positions in Santander, Scottish Widows, Lloyds Bank and Tesco Bank, having started her career with The Scottish Mutual Assurance Society. A Master of Laws (LLM) , Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, Specialist Member of the Institute of Risk Management, and Member of the Operational Risk Institute, Caroline is currently completing the final stage of the Chartered Banker Institute MBA programme.
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 – from a seminal production of ‘Winnie the Pooh’ at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews when she was four, to the more recent realization that she has seen every one of Shakespeare’s plays at least once in live theatre productions. She sees joining the Board of Stellar Quines as 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.
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.
Board Pioneers 2017/18
In June 2017 we put out a call for a Board Pioneer to join Stellar Quines. This position provided an opportunity for young women aged 18 – 30 to volunteer for a charity in a unique way, whilst gaining an insight into how theatre companies are governed! We are committed to representing a diversity of voices on our board. We recognise that there are many young people out there who have little or no experience of sitting on a Board but who would like to join a Board and make a difference. This was seen by many as an exciting new direction and opportunity and other companies have now taken steps to recruit younger Board members following Stellar Quines’ inspiring move.
We received a tremendous response and we appointed two new Board Pioneers.
Jackie Crichton (Board Pioneer) is Development Assistant at The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company in Edinburgh. Jackie has previously worked at Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and Creative Carbon Scotland in administration, communication and project management roles. Jackie graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA in English Literature in 2012 and an MSc in Playwriting in 2014. She also has some experience of dramaturgy and producing.
Shilpa T-Hyland (Board Pioneer) is a director based in Glasgow. She is the co-founder of emerging theatre company Modest Predicament, and her work includes new writing, puppetry, and site-specific performances. She recently graduated from the MA in Classical and Contemporary Text at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland, and also has a 1st class degree in English Literature and Theatres Studies from the University of Glasgow.