ABOUT / Board
Dance Woking is a company limited by guarantee and with registered charitable status. It has six 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 BARTLETT- PESTELL (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.
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Tanuja is a senior associate solicitor in the commercial property team based at the Woking office of Morrisons Solicitors LLP. Tanuja grew up in Woking and she has worked as commercial property lawyer in Surrey for over 14 years. She has a wide client base and her clients include expanding businesses, charities, investors, corporate occupiers and users of retail, offices, healthcare and industrial premises. In her spare time, Tanuja is a keen ballet dancer having done all the Royal Academy of Dance Examinations.
Previously a Partner at Menzies Chartered Accountants. Jon was 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.
The performing arts has always played a big part in Christina’s life having played musical instruments and performed in productions from a young age. Christina went on to study music at Leeds University and it was here that her interest in arts administration really developed when she was elected as Secretary of the Leeds University Union Music Society.
On completion of her degree, Christina has held various fundraising roles at London’s finest orchestras and in 2014moved to Southbank Centre where she progressed to head up the corporate fundraising team working with a variety of organisations and brands to deliver large scale sponsorships.
Having decided to embark on a career change, Christina now works for a project finance company in London and is thrilled to have the opportunity to keep putting her arts knowledge into practice by joining Dance Woking’s Board.