Meet the Board

Chair of the Board Ed Crozier

Ed Crozier
Chair of the Board of Directors
Ed Crozier is a Theatre, Film, TV and Radio Drama Producer (and Executive Producer.) He has produced/executive produced several productions in the West End and in Scotland, including Rat Pack Confidential, Baby Doll, South Pacific, The Celtic Story and Bill Bryden's first world war epic The Big Picnic. Previously he had a 17-year career in financial services, in which he specialised in tax-efficient schemes and capital raising for the entertainment sector (which he continues to do.) Ed is a former Director of Glasgow Life , Scottish Opera , New Moves, Mayfest , a judge in the National Scottish Business Awards and is a Council & Board member of the Scottish Rugby Union. He has an expertise in Governance in both the private and public sector. His "hobby" is rugby, in particular refereeing. He was the President of The Scottish Rugby Union from 2015 – 2016.

He has served on the Board of Dance Base since 2012, and is currently Chair.

Ashley Shannon
Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors
Ashley graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1999 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in professional practice in 2002. Ashley then moved into industry and spent c.15 years working for FTSE 100 Financial Services companies, of which the latter 10 years she held a number of senior management/leadership roles. Ashley specialised in large scale mergers & acquisitions, corporate restructuring and management of strategic projects. In early 2018, Ashley moved to a new role with the University of Edinburgh working for the Vice Principal Business Development & Director of Corporate Services to further the delivery of the University’s strategic priorities and support operational activity across the Group. Outside of work, Ashley is a qualified yoga teacher.

Robert Dawson Scott
Robert Dawson Scott is currently a doctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh Business School. He previously had a long and award-winning career in arts and cultural journalism, in print, radio and television. Most recently he was head of customer engagement at STV. He was also a theatre critic for many years and founded the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland. But he gave up writing about the theatre in 2013 in order to write for it, since when his plays have been seen all over Scotland. He has had a life long interest in dance since his parents took him to see Margot Fonteyn dance with Rudolf Nureyev at Covent Garden in the late 1960s. 

Fiona Hendry
Fiona is from a dance background, she is passionate about dance movement and promotes it through her Pilates coaching where she believes creative movement is fundamental to maintaining a healthy mind and body. Her professional career spans arts and culture, media, business management, where she advises small and large organisations on brand creation, public relations and all styles of strategic communication.

Kirstee MacbethKirstee Macbeth
Kirstee Macbeth is an internationally experienced marketing and communications professional, who has had great success working for, and alongside, some of the most iconic broadcast, arts and major events brands in the world. 

During her career spanning more than 25 years, Kirstee has specialised in advising, building, growing and transforming businesses through strategic and operational excellence in a rapidly evolving, digital world.

Dedicated to creating enriched, inclusive and vibrant communities through the arts, Kirstee provides insight and expertise in strategic audience engagement and revenue generation to the team at Dance Base.

Kirstee is currently Vice President of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Board of Dance Base since 2016.

Holly WagnerHolly Wagner
After graduating from Heriot Watt University with a First Class Degree in Accountancy, Holly worked with Chiene + Tait LLP in Corporate Tax for two years, preparing corporation tax returns and helping to advise clients on tax affairs, whilst studying for the professional Tax exams.

However, she decided on a career change and moved into the world of acting, a childhood passion from when she had attended Stagecoach Theatre School (based at Dance Base), and also The Lyceum Youth Theatre. This had led to performing in several productions, including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at The Playhouse Theatre and Baggage, a BBC Radio 4 play starring Peter Capaldi and Phyllis Logan. Keen to return to performing, Holly started attending a local Drama School in 2018 and through that joined The Mirror of Stage as an actor.

To complement this, she works for Escape Hunt, a listed international escape room company as a Games Master, taking customers on a journey away from reality into a world of Pirates, Cowboys, Vikings or Samurai as they work together to solve puzzles and escape the room. It is a fun and interesting job with never a dull moment.

Holly is also a fundraiser for Epilepsy Scotland and has helped to organise various fundraising events in Edinburgh. She developed and set up #epilepsychats – a monthly Twitter chat where a different epilepsy related topic is chosen and discussed each month. It has proven very successful, with people from all over the world taking part from locations in the US, Canada and South America.
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