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.

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

Deputy Chair

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

Lizz Fort


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


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.

Alice MacInnes


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.  

Soraya Mitchell


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!

Amanda Rebello, CFA


Amanda Rebello works for one of Europe’s largest asset managers, covering a number of its global clients and running a UK-focused sales team.   She has fourteen years of experience in the finance sector, having worked in New York and Toronto as well as London.  Amanda is a Chartered Financial Analyst.  She read Mathematics at the University of Oxford.

Amanda is also involved in several professional mentoring programmes such as STEMettes.  Her free time is spent on wine tasting (WSET), hiking, cycling and learning languages.

Caroline Schreiber

Director of Communications

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 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.

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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