We have recently launched our Board Pioneer Pack, a resource designed to aid in board recruitment within the arts. You can download this pack here.
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. 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 currently chairs the PPT for a Lottery funded heritage project celebrating over 130 years of change making and change makers linked to Abertay University and its predecessors and sits on the Scottish Sentencing Council as an expert on victims. She previously chaired the Scottish Refugee Council Board between 2015 to 2018 and McManus 168.
Elspeth MacArthur (Vice Chair) 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 realisation 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.
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.
Jackie Crichton 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. Jackie was one of our two new Board Pioneers appointed in 2017.
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.
Nicola Kenny is an experienced marketing and communications professional and joined the Stellar Quines Board in 2019. She is currently working as Head of Marketing at Social Bite, a charity and social enterprise tackling homelessness in Scotland. She has previously held a range of different marketing, digital and project management roles for many arts organisations including Edinburgh International Festival, The Audience Business, Dundee Contemporary Arts and Dance Base. She graduated from Queen Margaret University in 2010 with a BA (hons) in Performing Arts Management and also completed a Diploma in Professional Marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing in 2016.
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.