Emma is a senior leader at PwC, specialising in Strategy Consulting. With 15yrs of experience within the public sector, Emma leads complex organisational strategy and transformation within Home Affairs and Central Government, driven by making a meaningful difference to public services. She is passionate about inclusion and purpose; sponsoring and driving various initiatives. In her spare time, she volunteers as a c-suite mentor for small charities, and enjoys the arts.
Caroline is Director of Communications at The Place, London’s creative powerhouse for dance development, leading the way in dance training, creation and performance for over 50 years.
With 13 years of experience in marketing and communications in the performing arts and higher education sectors, she is driven by an ambition to make dance accessible to all and is passionate about elevating organisations through meaningful engagement, value-based branding, and sophisticated audience-focused content strategy. In her spare time, Caroline plays in an amateur orchestra, tries to make the best of London’s many cultural and culinary offer. She also volunteers on befriending programmes for the elderly and people experiencing social isolation.
Melissa is Impact Manager for the Cultural Impact Development Fund at Nesta, where she supports arts and culture organisations to build their capacity for social impact monitoring and evaluation. She is also a Trustee of Camden People’s Theatre, an ACE National Portfolio Organisation supporting young and emerging artists making inventive new theatre. In her spare time, she is an avid musician, dancer, and rock climber.
Margaret qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1997. Since then she has held Financial Controller roles in small to medium sized companies. She currently works on a freelance basis providing management accounts to local businesses. She was formerly Trustee and Executive Chair of the Crossness Engines Trust and is currently a Director of Catford Wanderers Sports Club in South-East London.
Victoria graduated from Cambridge University in 1997 and works full-time as a radio producer. She is Chair of Action on Disability, an ambassador for the international disability charity CBM UK and was a member of Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s Disabled People’s Commission 2016-17. Victoria is a tetraplegic wheelchair user and in 2013 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Anglia Ruskin University for being a “disability champion”. She is also secretary of Hammersmith and Fulham Amnesty International group. Previously she was a member of the Customer Services Committee of Catalyst Housing Ltd and a governor of a primary school in West London.
Chris Wane is CFO and COO of a startup Fintech company and also provides financial training through his own consultancy company. Prior to this he was a senior portfolio manager, investment analyst and strategist at DWS Group/Deutsche Bank. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, qualifying with Deloitte, and graduated from Exeter University. He has strong experience and professional interest in financial reporting and governance, as well as valuation and portfolio construction, including machine learning and AI. He is a seasoned trustee and advisor to charitable arts organisations, currently working with Upswing Aerial as well as Magpie Dance.
Ruby trained in applied theatre at Central School of Speech and Drama and completed an MA in dance studies at Roehampton University, with a specialism in the social impact of community dance practice.
After working at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and English National Ballet, Ruby joined the Royal Opera House as Ballet Learning and Participation Manager in 2015, promoted to Senior Ballet Manager in January 2020. She works closely with The Royal Ballet company to lead on an innovative and diverse portfolio of talent development and outreach projects with national and international reach, to increase access to and deepen engagement with ballet.
Ruby is a Trustee of People Dancing, the UK’s development and membership organisation for community and participatory dance.
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