Robert Dawson Scott
Chair of the Board of Directors
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.
He has served on the Board of Dance Base since 2019, and has been Chair since December 2020.
Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors
Jill is an HR specialist. She studied at Glasgow and Napier Universities and has an Msc in Occupational Psychology from Birkbeck College, London. She has broad commercial experience at director level across a range of sectors from Engineering to Banking, working in both the UK and internationally with major brands including NCR and the Wood Group. Her expertise extends to all the major HR functions from recruitment to performance management, from Trade Unions to training and development. She lives in Dollar.
Cate is the Marketing Director of Remarkable where she leads the strategic direction of the marketing function; and as a member of the Senior Leadership Team she also leads the strategic direction of the organisation, as it inspires people and organisations to achieve their ambitions.
As well as serving on the Board at Dance Base, Cate's Non-Executive portfolio includes Board Member for Creative Scotland, Advisory Board Member for the Marketing Society Scotland and Member of the Strategic Communications Committee for Changing the Chemistry. Previously she was a Director of the Scotland Malawi Partnership for six years and Business Mentor for Edinburgh Innovations at her alma mater The University of Edinburgh.
Cate is an accomplished and extremely effective networker at all levels and has a terrific network. She is often invited to speak publicly, including at events organised by the Scottish Government's Public Appointments team, Holyrood Events, Equate Scotland, Pilotlight UK and The University of Edinburgh; and she is also often commissioned to write features and blogs for national and local media.
She began her career with The Boots Company PLC on their Graduate Programme and has since worked both as a client in entrepreneurial start ups, family companies and everything in between and in agencies directing client accounts. In 2013 she founded her own marketing consultancy, Yellowbook, specialising in working with dynamic and ambitious SMEs running this for four years before taking up the role at Remarkable. Cate has a Chartered Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Cate is an amateur ballerina, a passion since early childhood. For her dance isn’t about the perfect pirouette or the most impressive grand allegro, it’s about switching off, actively hearing the music and dancing like no one is watching! She lives in Edinburgh with her husband and two children; and as well as dance, enjoys arts, creativity, books, sports and travel.
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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Cllr Donald Wilson
Born in 1959 in Selkirk, Donald Wilson attended Galashiels Academy. Academic achievements include a Joint BA (Hons) from Stirling University, an MSc in Information Science from The City University in London and a teaching qualification from Moray House in Edinburgh. A teacher of Computing for 27 years, ending at Newbattle Community High School, he has also served as a Senior Teacher ICT, an ICT Curriculum Development Officer and an Adult Education Tutor.
In 1999, he was elected as a City of Edinburgh Councillor where he has served on a range of Committees, including Convener of The Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel and The ICT and Smart City Sounding Board. He has also held the posts of Executive Member for Communications & Business Management (2001 to 2002), Modernising Government (2003 to 2005) and for Smart City (2000 to 2007), Chair of Edinburgh & Lothians Tourist Board and Edinburgh Convention Bureau (2003 to 2005), Chair of the Edinburgh International Science Festival (1999 to 2007) and Chair of the Edinburgh South West Neighbourhood Partnership (2007 to 2012). Currently Convenor of the Culture and Communities Committee and of the Tourism and Communities Working Group.
He became the Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh in 2012 to 2017. During this time he was also ex-officio Chair and Board Member of a wide variety of organisations, including Chair of the Edinburgh International Festival, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and President of the One City Trust.
Other active interests include running Marathons for a variety of Charities (5), Deacon of the Incorporation of Baxters (Bakers) of the City of Edinburgh and a Governor of the Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh. In his free time, Donald enjoys running, cycling, science fiction, opera, antiques and history, and spending time with his wife Elaine and two grown up children and their families.
Artistic Director, Scottish Dance Theatre
Joan Clevillé is a dancer and choreographer based in Dundee and since April 2019, the Artistic Director of Scottish Dance Theatre.
Born in Barcelona, he combined his dance training at Elise Lummis’ La Companyia with studies in Humanities at University Pompeu Fabra. He worked internationally as a dancer and rehearsal director for seventeen years in companies across Europe, including Scottish Dance Theatre, Collective Endeavours, Lost Dog, Dog Kennel Hill Project, the Ballet of the Graz Opera, the Choreographic Centre of Valencia, and Ballet Carmen Roche. In 2015, he created his own independent company, Joan Clevillé Dance, presenting his work extensively across the Scotland, the UK and internationally. Joan has also received multiple commissions as a choreographer and movement director and worked regularly as a guest teacher in companies and conservatoires in Sweden, the UK, Catalonia and The Netherlands. Joan has a long-standing relationship with Dance Base, first as an independent choreographer and, since February 2020, serving as member of the Board of Directors.
PR & Communications
Lorna is a highly skilled and experienced reputation management, communications and PR professional, with experience across global business, local government, high-profile third sector and charities.
As a member of the Public Affairs team of United Distillers Lorna helped rebuild the company profile to reflect investment development and brand strategy and profile in Scotland; and in merger communications during the creation of Diageo. As Media Officer for Edinburgh’s Council’s Economic Development dept Lorna led extensive media campaigns, events and strategic communications during a period of significant business and retail development, tourism growth and increase in economic viability for Edinburgh. For over a decade Lorna directed Communications in The Scottish Episcopal Church where her skills in reputation management enabled her to manage a range of high profile and controversial issues.
An effective networker, Lorna worked across a range of sectors as a freelance Communications and PR Consultant before taking up the post of Director of Development and Communications for the Scottish Bible Society.
Lorna’s love of dance started at a young age through ballet and continues across various forms of dance; she is an advocate for the holistic benefits of dance for all.
Partner, Turcan Connell
Donald Simpson is a partner with the law firm Turcan Connell. Originally a mathematics graduate from the University of Edinburgh he went on to read law at the University of Glasgow, qualifying as a solicitor in 2000. He has since specialised in inheritance tax and succession planning, advising UK and international clients on trusts, asset protection and tax planning. He is a regular speaker at tax planning conferences, writes for professional journals and sits on the judging panel for the Professional Adviser International Fund and Product Awards.
Curriculum Manager, Performing Arts Studio Scotland, Edinburgh College
Ethelinda is currently the Curriculum Manager of Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) which encompasses, Dance, Acting, Theatre Costume, Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre and Make Up Artistry, and Photography at Edinburgh College. She is a fully qualified Pilates Teacher and an ILM work based coach. Prior to this Ethelinda was a freelance Dance Artist with an interest in Dance Performance and Choreography. In 2008, she pursued an MA in Dance and Theatre Practice through LIPA and Liverpool John Moors University that investigated the Black Dancing Body and Pilates Contrology. Her lifelong mentor in this area is Jo Butterworth and she has completed her TQFE through Aberdeen University and Management and Leadership qualification through the Chartered Management Institute.
Ethelinda sits on the Academic Council and the Widening Access Steering Group at Edinburgh College and is very passionate about curriculum development. As a member of the Advanced HE, working group she will be working towards developing an Anti-Racist Curriculum to provide representation in FE and HE from Scotland’s wonderful diverse society. Ethelinda supports the Pilates Foundation Board in the capacity as a D&I champion and also is very pleased to be working with the Scottish HR Leadership Group who are focused on driving structural change in organisations. She has recently joined the Black FE Leadership group who are striving to make changes in the curriculum in the FE sector. Ethelinda is very pleased to be joining the board and Dance Base.
CEO, SUITCASE Group
Jane McFadzean has worked in advertising at some of the world's leading organisations including Microsoft, Disney and Expedia. An established, international leader with a passion for transforming businesses, Jane has twenty years’ experience managing digital, sales and strategy teams across media and e-commerce.
Jane is currently CEO of SUITCASE Group, a global platform which aims to change the way we travel.
In recent years Jane was the first international SVP at CBS, leading the successful role out of their social impact arm. CBS EcoMedia was designed to harness the power of advertising to effect positive social change by channelling millions of dollars from corporate ad budgets to help fund some of the world's most effective non-profits.
Previously, Jane was Chair of the Board for Collective Works, a tech start-up based in Glasgow and today currently enjoys being a trustee for Homeless Action Scotland, a charity based in Edinburgh.
Jane is delighted to be part of the Dancebase Board. Having attended the Scottish Ballet Junior School many years ago she remains an enthusiastic amateur dancer.
Dance Base is always looking to strengthen its governance and advocacy at Board level. If you feel you have something to contribute, either through your professional experience or through your love for and understanding of dance in Scotland – or indeed, both – and you want to further the interests of Scotland's national centre for dance, please get in touch. We welcome interest from all sections of society. In the first instance please contact Robert Dawson Scott, Chair, on firstname.lastname@example.org