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 Wyatt has over thirty years’ experience of working in the arts. She has recently completed a term as Executive Director (maternity cover) of Dancers’ Career Development, prior to which she worked as the interim Director of English National Ballet School. Other roles include: Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Council for Dance Education and Training, former Chief Executive of Rambert Dance Company, and past Manager of The Cholmondeleys & Featherstonehaughs, 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.
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.
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.
Andrew Carrick is Director of education consultancy CarrickWorks, adviser to many prestige organisations (public, private and third sector) on their successful and responsible engagement with education. His work is particularly about creating effective and appropriate marketing, digital strategies and partnerships, as well as producing award-winning educational campaigns and content for clients. Andrew “discovered” dance relatively late when by chance he attended a dance rehearsal and was smitten. He has lost no time in seizing every opportunity to experience new and old works since “Day Zero” and champions dance with all the passion of a convert. Andrew is particularly interested in the opportunities for expanding the role of dance in schools, and more generally supporting dance for children and young people. In his spare time he is an enthusiastic supporter of contemporary dance, music and theatre. Andrew served on the Board of Youth Dance England for several years, chairing their Development Committee. He has also been governor in both primary and secondary schools, and is currently Vice-Chair at a State secondary in North London. He has also been trustee for children’s charity Childhope and a coach for Teach First. He is a history graduate of Oxford and Sheffield universities and has an MRes from King’s College London, focusing on the history of childhood in the UK in the interwar period.
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 three 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. She currently serves on the Boards of Rambert, Scottish Ballet and One Dance UK. Photo © Gianluca De Girolamo
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) and Trailblazer Champion (12-13). www.uchennadance.com
Denise is Vice President of Elevated Lawyers as well as the co-founder and CEO of Halebury, a pioneering NewLaw firm in the UK. As CEO of Halebury, she focuses on client relationships and developing new product and services solutions, as well as finding more effective, efficient and empowering ways of working with clients. Denise also mentors women in law and tech as well as young entrepreneurs, and speaks regularly on diversity and inclusion in business. She is an ambassador for Women in the Law UK, a supplier Executive Committee Member of Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK) and is also a patron of Uchenna Dance. Denise has enjoyed dance as a hobby from her early years and was a founder member of Young Impact Performers, a youth dance organisation focussed on street dance.
Susannah Simons is a freelance Arts Strategist with a focus on digital strategies. Until March 2018 she was Head of Arts and Outreach for Canvas the ACE funded project designed to grow the audience for the arts online particularly among the key 18-35 year old audience. Prior to that she was Head of Policy and Outreach for BBC Radio and Music and was also responsible for the development of the pilot phase of The Space. She began her career in broadcasting as a presenter, presenting the PM programme on Radio 4 for ten years; Today and The World at One; Channel 4’s Business Daily and in 1992 she helped set up Classic FM . Susannah was Chairman of the Youth Dance England for two years having served on the board for ten. She is also a trustee of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and of the PRS for Music Foundation, and is an advisor to Artis, a company looking at new ways of providing arts education in primary schools.
Piali Ray OBE
Bengal-born Piali has been a dance performer, teacher and choreographer in the UK since 1982. She is well-known for her excellence in these fields and has toured extensively throughout the world with organisations such as Birmingham REP, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), The National Gallery, the National Theatre and the British Council. Her formidable energy and vision led to the setting up of Sampad in 1990. The dynamic, forward-thinking arts and heritage organisation continues to flourish under her leadership, playing an influential role in creating and promoting opportunities for South Asian arts and artists in Birmingham, across the UK and beyond. Piali has a strong track record of collaborating and connecting with organisations at an international level and continues to take a lively interest in the cultural influences and experiences of people of South Asian heritage across the world. She was awarded an OBE in 2002, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Central England in 2006, Outstanding Business Person of the Year by Birmingham Chamber of Commerce in 2009 and the British Indian Award for raising arts and culture awareness in 2015. In 2012 she was commissioned by the Cultural Olympiad to produce two large-scale shows; Moving Earth, one of Sampad’s biggest dance productions to date, and Mandala, the dazzling multimedia finale of the prestigious London 2012 Festival. Piali is currently chairing the advisory group for Utsav 2017: Birmingham City Council’s Year of South Asian Culture and has joined Birmingham Weekender 2017 team as an Artistic Director with a focus on the South Asian programme.
David was recently appointed Director of Brand & Advocacy for Birmingham Royal Ballet. Prior to this he was Head of Digital / Digital Editor-in-Chief for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 where he was responsible for developing a first of its kind citywide integrated ticketing platform alongside overseeing the successful implementation of integrated campaigns, content production and digital innovation initiatives. He has previously worked in similar roles for organisations including English National Ballet, London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Opening & Closing Ceremonies, Royal Opera House and Rambert Dance Company. David has previously served on the board for Islington Arts Factory and Dance Umbrella. Prior to establishing a successful career in his current field of work, David received professional dance training and performed around the UK and overseas as well as choreographed work for stage and screen.