Board of Trustees
Under the inspired leadership of Chair Sue Wyatt, the Trustees of One Dance UK include individuals from across the dance sector and beyond, representing a wide variety of disciplines and specialist areas. As well as bringing their combined expertise to the benefit of the One Dance UK vision, The Trustees have an obligation to maintain the legal and fiscal health of the organisation.
Chair, One Dance UK
Sue was recently Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Council for Dance Education and Training, is former Chief Executive of Rambert Dance Company, and past Manager of The Cholmondeleys & Featherstonehaughs, Sue Wyatt has over thirty years’ experience in the arts. She was Head of Combined Arts and Strategy at East Midlands Arts Board, a Council Member for Arts Council London, Chair of artsdepot Barnet, and a Trustee for both Phoenix Dance Theatre and Hampstead Theatre.
Professor Anthony Bowne is Principal of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. His education in dance is complemented by a BSc in Economics from the University of Southampton and an MSc from the Bartlett School of Architecture.
His experience as an educator is balanced with creative expertise as a lighting designer for both theatre and architecture. Dance projects include lighting design for Matthew Bourne’s Adventures in Motion Pictures, Hong Kong Ballet, Rosemary Butcher, the Cholmondeleys and the National Theatre of Taiwan and architectural design for the World Finance Centre in Shanghai. Anthony led the project to realise the Stirling Prize winning Laban Building which opened in 2003. He acted as Arts Council England project mentor for the New Vic theatre and served on the Rambert Dance Company Property Committee for the company’s relocation to London’s South Bank.
Anthony currently chairs the Finance and Remunerations Committees of London Higher, Blackheath Halls and the Conservatoire Advisory Group for Universities and Colleges Admissions and is Deputy Chair of Conservatoires UK. Other memberships include the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund, and HEFCE’s Teaching Quality and Student Experience Strategic Committee. He has served on both the DCMS Dance Forum and the Mayor of London’s Cultural Strategy Group.
Irving read law at the London School of Economics and subsequently trained with a leading London entertainment law firm, Wright & Webb.
Shortly after qualifying as a solicitor, he joined Warner Brothers and became their UK Director of Legal and Business Affairs.
In 1981, together with his colleague, Vivian Wineman, he formed David Wineman which, in 2008, merged with DFM Beckman to form DWFM Beckman.
Over the years, he has built up an impressive roster of clients which reads like the Who’s Who of the entertainment and media industries, representing choreographers, dancers, promoters, impresarios, managers, agents, classical and popular recording artists, composers, songwriters, record labels, book and music publishers, film, television and record producers, and games and software developers.
He has advised the Bolshoi Ballet, Scottish Ballet, the British Ballet Organization, the Frederick Ashton Foundation, Dance UK and IAMA, the International Artist Managers’ Association.
He is chairman of One Dance UK’s development board; a full voting member of BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts; gives frequent Master Classes for the Music Managers Forum and the Music Publishers Association; and contributes regularly to trade publications including Music Week, Dance Magazine, Arts Industry and International Arts Manager on legal and commercial issues relevant to dance, music and intellectual property.
Irving is a UK Legal 500 Recognised Lawyer for ‘London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)’ within ‘Media and Entertainment’, who is “praised for his ‘breadth of knowledge, experience, insight and strong communication skills‘.
Julian Flitter is a Partner in Goodman Jones LLP, a West End firm of chartered accountants based in Fitzroy Square. He has over 20 years of experience dealing with companies and individuals drawn from a wide range of commercial areas as well as extensive experience dealing with charities and other not-for-profit organisations.
Julian’s work has placed particular emphasis in the media, entertainment and creative services sectors. Indeed Julian is a founder committee member of the Chartered Accountants Institute’s Entertainment and Media Group helping to organise seminars and conferences as well as publishing a newsletter on topics of interest to the industry.
As well as having a keen personal interest in theatre and dance, Julian serves as advisor to a number of Dance companies and is company secretary of the charity Dancing for the Children.
Anu Giri is Executive Director at Dance Umbrella, London’s leading international contemporary dance festival and is responsible for finance and business development. Previously she was Co-Director of English National Ballet School where she developed the ‘My First’ series of children’s ballets in partnership with English National Ballet and set up ENBS Juniors – high quality children’s ballet classes across 3 London boroughs.
Prior to this Anu spent 10 years at Arts Council England and was Head of Dance from 2003 – 2010. Before this she was General Manager at Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Education Administrator at Birmingham Royal Ballet; managed small-scale dance companies Chitraleka and Company and Claire Russ Ensemble and was Projects Administrator at Dance 4, National Dance Agency.
Anu also works in a freelance capacity supporting dance artists and organisations with business development and fundraising. Clients have included: Wayne McGregor|Random Dance, Independent Dance, Dance UK, ZooNation Dance Company, ATMA Dance and New Movement Collective.
Anu co-presented Network East for BBC2, trained in Indian Classical Dance and has a BA in Drama and a Diploma in Management and currently serves on the Boards of Rambert, Scottish Ballet and One Dance UK.
Vicki Igbokwe is an Empowerment Specialist and the Founder, Creative Director and Choreographer of Uchenna Dance. The mission is to Empower, Entertain and Educate, through the creation of dance theatre productions, coaching, dance based empowerment workshops and teaching in further and higher education.
She has a BA in Dance Studies from Middlesex University and a MA in Cultural Leadership from City University.
Career credits include a sponsorship deal with Nike and work as a Mass Movement Choreographer for the London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Glasgow 2014 Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games ceremonies.
Vicki is a Trailblazer Fellow (07-08) & Trailblazer Champion (12-13).
Tamara Rojo is Artistic Director and Principal Dancer of English National Ballet. She trained in Madrid at the Victor Ullate School and started dancing professionally at 17 with Ballet Victor Ullate.
She received the Gold Medal and the Special Jury Prize at the 1994 Paris International Dance Competition resulting in an invitation from Galina Samsova, one of the judges, to join Scottish Ballet in 1996. A year later, she joined English National Ballet and within six months she was promoted to Principal.
She made her guest artist debut with The Royal Ballet inGiselle and following the acclaim was invited by Sir Anthony Dowell to join the company as a Principal in 2000, where she stayed until 2012.
She holds a Masters degree in Theatrical Arts and a Bachelors degree in Dance and Choreography from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid. As well as Dance UK, Tamara is on the boards of Arts Council East, the ICA, the Anglo-Spanish Society and is a Patron of the Ipswich-based DanceEast Academy and Adviser to Spain’s Superior Counsel of Artistic Studies.
Susannah Simons is currently Director of Strategy at Showcase and freelance arts strategist. Until November 2013 she was Head of Development at The Space a pilot project developed as part of the BBC’s Public Value Partnership with Arts Council England and a senior strategist for BBC Radio and Music . She began her career in broadcasting as a presenter, presenting the PM programme on Radio 4 for 10 years , Today and The World at One ; Channel 4’s Business Daily and in 1992 she helped set up Classic FM . She returned to the BBC in 2002 as Head of Policy and Outreach for BBC Radio and Music.
She was Chairman of the Youth Dance England for 2 years having served on the board for 10. She is also on the board of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and is an advisor to Artis, a company looking at new ways of providing arts education in Primary schools.