Meet the Staff

Jim Hollington | Chief Executive 

As Chief Executive, Jim’s responsible for making sure that Dance Base supports the success of dance and dance artists not just in Edinburgh, but across the whole of Scotland.

Jim worked for almost two decades across Asia and Europe for the British Council, supporting international collaboration and exchange for the UK’s artists.

He joined us from the Edinburgh International Festival, where he managed their government and public sector relationships in Scotland and around the world. He’s also the Chair of Creative Edinburgh, which supports Edinburgh’s creative community to connect and collaborate.

After nearly a year working from his bedroom, he can’t wait for the time we can open the Dance Base doors for everyone again, complementing our expanding collaboration with partners across Scotland.

Isabel Moura Mendes | Centre Director 

Morag Deyes | Artistic Director 

Fiona Dick | Head of Finance 

John Lyndon | Head of Marketing & Communications 

Bush Hartshorn | Head of Catalyst Artist Development 

Kirsty Somerville | Programmes Manager 

With over 10 years' experience of working in festivals and artist development, Kirsty manages and delivers our Professional Programme of activity which covers everything from our termly residency programme to our support strands for emerging and established artists. She also produces our annual Fringe Festival each August with brings local and international artists to the Dance Base building. She is passionate about the power of vibrant and creative storytelling, whether that is through dance, film, theatre or visual art, and is dedicated to helping bring these stories to the stage.

Laila Noble | Assistant Producer 


Pam Clilverd | Bookings & Front of House Manager 

Kathryn Miller | Customer Service Coordinator 

Linsey McEwan | Finance Officer (Maternity Cover) 

Lyn Conroy
| Marketing & Development Coordinator

Charlotte Anderson | Programmes Coordinator 

Barney Strachan | Facilities Manager 


 Emili Åström | Head of Dance for Health and Wellbeing

Meghan Bidwell | Dance Health Manager (Part-Time)

Meghan joined Dance Base as Dance Health Manager in April 2019. Her role focusses on the co-management of the Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland network together with Scottish Ballet. She champions the idea that dance is a powerful tool for supporting health and wellbeing, and enjoys working directly with artists and partner organizations to deliver dance health programmes.



Emma Smith | Project Development Officer (Part-Time)

Jen Cunningham | Dance Artist (Dance for Parkinson’s) (Part-Time) 

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Supported by the City of Edinburgh Council