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The Necessary Stage introduces new board members

The Necessary Stage (TNS) has unveiled its brand new Board composition that comes into effect from 1 April 2022.

Three new board members, all women, will be joining the company, namely: Ana Dhoraisingam, Head of Institutional and Wealth Management Business, Southeast Asia CEO, PineBridge Investments; Dawn Westerhout, Head of Marketing and Communications, KPMG; and Sharanjit Leyl, Freelance Broadcast Journalist-Presenter.

From left: Ana Dhoraisingam, Dawn Westerhout, Sharanjit Leyl

All three candidates bring with them a wealth of experience in diverse fields from finance, marketing and media. In addition, as women leaders in their fields, they will provide a greater gender diversity to TNS’ board composition. “This development has been in the works for some time as part of our plans for Board renewal to bring in a diversity of new voices into our team,” shares Melissa Lim, General Manager of TNS.

Sunder Iyer

Retired banker Sunder Iyer will take over as Chairperson of TNS. He has been on TNS’ Board since April 2016 and has served as Treasurer during his tenure. “I am honoured to have been asked to serve as Chair of The Necessary Stage. TNS is unique within the Singapore theatre scene as it focuses on social and community related issues, continues to develop thought-provoking plays,” Sunder shares.

During his tenure as Chairperson, Sunder hopes to focus on strengthening the financial position of TNS through a more active fundraising programme to support the future development, towards the acquisition of a permanent theatre for the future. Previous Chairperson, Prof Kenneth Paul Tan, has been invaluable in steering TNS towards a greater focus on research and engagement. During his tenure, he was also part of the initial team behind the planning of, the company’s online archives comprising artefacts of its history since 1987.

More information about The Necessary Stage available on their website here

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