Board Members

Mark Dempsey: Chair –

Julia Dias: Deputy Chair –

Victoria Brignell


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.

Alice Clayton


After studying Philosophy and Theology at Oriel College, Oxford, Alice began a career working in opera. She has since specialized in arts fundraising and is currently a Philanthropy Manager at the Royal Opera House. 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 and running.  

Keith Daniels


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.

Mark Dempsey


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 Dias QC


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


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 Schreiber


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 Stevens


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 Wane

Chris Wane


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 Wilson


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 Wong


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.



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