Robert has a long history of board level service, and within the arts has served as a Council Member for the Scottish Society of Playwrights since 2017 and was Founder, first Convenor and Director of the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS).
"I am honoured to be asked to take over the chairmanship of Scotland's national centre for dance. I am keenly aware of the responsibilities at what is obviously a difficult time for everyone. We will get through this, though, and I am determined to ensure that Dance Base will continue to keep the nation dancing. I'd also like to thank my predecessor, Ed Crozier, for all his hard work and commitment to the organisation over the last 7 years." – Robert Dawson Scott
As a playwright, Robert has had work produced at Mull Theatre, Gilded Balloon and Play, Pie and a Pint. Much of his professional career has been as a journalist, working for BBC Radio Scotland, Sunday Times Scotland, Scotsman Publications, The Times, and Lion Television.
Dance Base Artistic Director Morag Deyes MBE said of his appointment:
“Robert Dawson Scott is welcome as Chair of the Dance Base board. His BAFTA award-winning work in the arts and media as a TV producer, broadcaster and now playwright means he will bring a lived experience to an organisation which is all about direct, live and dynamic arts.”
Ed Crozier, Dance Base Board Chair from 2013 until December 2020 and recently announced as the new chair of Netball Scotland, also welcomed his successor:
"As outgoing Chair at Dance Base, I'm delighted that Robert has been appointed to the position of Chair at Dance Base. Being an existing Board member, he already empathises with and supports the aspirations of the company across all areas of contemporary dance that we support in Scotland and beyond. A support that now more than ever during this period is needed. I personally wish him all good wishes when he takes up the role on the 2nd of December. I know that with Robert at the helm from a Board and governance point of view, and Jim Hollington as Chief Executive, Dance Base will go from strength to strength!"