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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.
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.
Lizz is a dance artist-educator-researcher currently undertaking a full-time practice-based PhD at Roehampton University. She is lecturer with the Royal Academy of Dance and the Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance. She is a performer, workshop leader and Trustee for Amici Dance Theatre company. In all her work Lizz champions inclusion and strives to challenge perceptions about who dances, what dance looks like and where it takes place.
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.
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.
A former Magpie Dance volunteer, Soraya has taken the step to become a Trustee having been inspired by the creative and empowering experience it offers. An MBA qualified, strategic communications professional, Soraya has led teams to engage audiences across the UK and overseas. A keen traveller and arts enthusiast, Soraya can be currently found spending more time in parks and watching CBeebies than she thought possible!
Born in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, Anaish completed his BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance at London Contemporary Dance School. Following his studies he worked as a performer, choreographer and teacher, working on shows such as ‘In the Night Garden Live’, and creating work for his own company, Porkpie Dance Theatre. Since 2015, Anaish has switched careers into charity fundraising and has developed his skills at Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation. He has joined Magpie Dance as a trustee with the belief that dance is for everyone and is hugely enthusiastic about helping the company to unlock and build confidence of its students, through movement and music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.