ABOUT / Board
Dance Woking is a company limited by guarantee and with registered charitable status. It has seven Trustees. All directors of the board are the members of the company and act as the trustees to the charity. The board members provide leadership, strategy and direction to the festival and embrace its vision, values and culture.
LOUISA PESTELL (Interim Chair)
Louisa is a Creative Producer and Programmer with a specialism in Dance, Performance and Engagement. She currently works as a Participation Producer (Performance & Dance) in the Festival Programming Team at Southbank Centre.
With extensive strategic, management and practical skills Louisa has taken a diverse range of performance and cultural participation projects from concept to reality. Previous roles include Producer for Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Assistant Producer for the Opening Event of Perth International Arts Festival 2016 (Australia), Founder and Director of Arts Odyssey, Projects Manager for Learning and Participation (Dance) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Co-Chair for Dance Educators Group, Trustee for Lewisham Education Arts Network.
Louisa first studied in Guildford, completing a Dance and Culture BA with First Class Honours at Surrey University. Louisa also achieved a distinction for a MA in Culture, Policy and Management at City University, London. She has since been a guest lecturer for University of Surrey, University of Roehampton, University of Bedfordshire and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Jane attained her A Levels at The Winston Churchill School and has gone full circle. She graduated from UCW Aberystwyth with a BSc (HONS) in History & International Politics followed by a PGCE History & PE. In 1982 Jane returned to The Winston Churchill School to teach and has just retired, she was Subject Leader for Dance, Teacher of PE, Dance & History. The skills Jane has gained from above responsibilities include leading and working with a team, communication, interpersonal, problem solving, working with a budget and organising events. Jane was a Staff Governor from 2002 -2012, serving on the Personnel and Teaching & Learning Committees. Jane enjoys reading, dance, sport, music, quilting, walking, travelling – all of which have given her an appreciation of the richness and diversity of life.
Victoria Hunter is a Senior Lecturer in Dance at the University of Chichester where she is leads the MA Choreography and Professional Practices programme in partnership with South East Dance. She joined the dance department in 2013 after re-locating from Leeds where she worked in the dance department at the University of Leeds and Bretton Hall for 11 years. Vicky is a practitioner-academic engaged with exploring and researching site-specific dance performance, she has published a number of articles on site-specific dance in journals including; Performance Research, New Theatre Quarterly and Contemporary Theatre Review. Vicky has previously been a member of the board of directors for Yorkshire Dance and Dance United and has a keen interest in regional dance development and designing opportunities for continuing professional development for emerging dance artists within the South East.
Kenji is a solicitor in the Charities Team at Barlow Robbins LLP. After reading Theology at the University of Durham, he trained with Teach First as a teacher in an inner-city London school and worked in the church before deciding on a career in law. Kenji lives in Knaphill with his wife and son.
Group Finance Director Cleanslate Ltd, previously a Partner at Menzies Chartered Accountants. Jon was previously President of Surrey Chamber of Commerce, a role he had from 2010 - 2015. Jon is a keen sportsman and has recently taken up tennis. A keen entertainer, Jon enjoys performing with his rock and roll band.
Katie has worked in dance for over a decade. As an arts marketing professional she has experience of strategy delivery within dance theatre, higher education and recreational dance. With specialist skills in digital communications she is the Communications Manager at The Place, London and has lectured at London Contemporary Dance School. Katie trained in a range of dance styles including contemporary, ballet, Kathak and African. She recently returned to the area having originally graduated in Dance and Culture from the University of Surrey and currently resides in a village outside Guildford.
LUCY FIELD (Maternity leave)
Lucy is currently on maternity leave.
Lucy is a portfolio professional, specialising in dance management and training with a passion for coaching and developing talent. She is currently the Learning & Participation Manager for Rambert. Over the last decade (since graduating as a Dance and Drama Award scholar at Laban to study BA (Hons) Dance Theatre) she has worked with a wide range of companies and artists developing world-class dance projects including; Bare Bones, Richard Alston Dance Company, Tavaziva Dance, New Adventures, Wayne McGregor I Random Dance, Aletta Collins, The Royal Opera House, Jasmin Vardimon Dance, Protein Dance and Yorke Dance Project. Her previous roles include; Dance Artist in Residence at DanceXchange, Programme Manager, The Centre for Advanced Training (CAT), London Contemporary Dance School, The Place and National Coordinator for English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s programme. Lucy was an Expert Panel Member for Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme 2007-2010, and is excited to be bringing her passion and enthusiasm to Dance Woking, where she lives locally with her Husband, Daughter and newly arrived Son.