Mark Dempsey: Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia Dias: Deputy Chair – email@example.com
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.
After studying Philosophy and Theology at Oriel College, Oxford, Alice began a career working in opera. She is currently Artistic Administrator of Grange Park Opera. Originally from Hong Kong she is based in London and was a 2015 Clore Emerging Leader. She is passionate about the transformative power of the arts and regularly goes to the theatre, exhibitions, gigs and concerts. She enjoys yoga, reading novels, baking, knitting and running.
Keith qualified as a chartered accountant in 1967. In 1968 he married Rosemary, a teacher, and two weeks later he went to work in Zambia, Central Africa, where they stayed for ten very happy years and where their two daughters were born. Upon his return to the UK in 1978, Keith started his own accountancy practice which still runs from offices in West Wickham, Kent. His hobbies include Music and Choral Singing, sailing, skiing, squash, walking, serious DIY, Church (Elder), trustee and founder member of the Pianola Institute, and Rotary.
Ben works for Sadler’s Wells as a Finance Manager and has over 15 years’ experience in the not for profit and arts world. His work has included helping to develop financial strategy, new ways of looking at financial reporting and new system implementation and change management. Outside of work he lives just outside Maidstone in a small village called Loose, and spends much of his free time either running for pleasure or running after his children or dogs.
Mark has experience in a range of senior strategic policy and delivery functions in both government departments and the private sector. He was also a non-executive director of a company that grew from 7 to 120 staff before being sold to a venture capital backed sale. Mark lives in Bromley and his daughter, Hannah, has been a Magpie Dance dancer and volunteer for the last 10 years.
Julia is a practising QC specialising in commercial law and a member of chambers at 7 King’s Bench Walk in the Inner Temple. She is also an accredited mediator and sits as a chairman of Disciplinary Tribunals hearing complaints against members of the bar. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a keen musician and sportswoman in her spare time
Caroline Landes qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and specialises in child protection and family law. She is also a trained family mediator. She is a partner in a large Southern England law practice. Caroline recently won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2016 Kent Law Society Awards. In her spare time as well as being a trustee of Magpie Dance she is a member of a committee raising funds and supporting breast cancer patients as well as a committee member of a local community organisation. Caroline is also an amateur ceramicist, has a passion for good food/cooking, travel and theatre and is an avid member of a book group.
Caroline is a Communications expert working as Head of Marketing at The Place where she focuses on audience development. Driven by an ambition to make dance accessible to all, she is thrilled to be contributing to Magpie Dance’s mission as a Trustee. In her spare time, Caroline tries to make the best of the London cultural and culinary offer. She also volunteers on a buddy programme for people with social isolation and enjoys playing the violin, singing in her work’s choir, running and yoga.
Tanya leads the not-for-profit recruitment practice at the executive search firm Society. Having a built a career focused on connecting people with fantastic charities, Tanya was inspired by the opportunities that Magpie Dance unlocks for those with learning disabilities through its dance programmes.
Chris works for one of Europe’s largest asset managers as a portfolio manager primarily for global equities. His professional interests include equity & cross asset valuation, stock selection and portfolio construction, AI & Machine learning, financial reporting and governance. Chris is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and graduated from Exeter University. He has advised or been a trustee for several charitable arts organisations and is currently also a member of the Board of Upswing Aerial. In his spare time, he is an keen theatre goer and enjoys cycling, yoga and tennis.
Jasmine is Co-Director of Creative Learning and formerly General Manager for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, based at Sadler’s Wells. She was previously Choreographer with the Peter Hall Company and Finance Assistant at The Place. She trained as a dancer and is a Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme for 2009/10.
Melissa is a Consultant at BOP Consulting, an international consultancy specialising in culture and the creative economy. She has also worked at a range of cultural institutions across the UK and Canada. She trained as a pianist and holds a PhD in Music at the University of Cambridge. In her spare time, she is an avid musician, dancer, and rock climber.