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 organisation and embrace its vision, values and culture.
Alan Sutherland, Director of Campus Services at University of Surrey Students Union. Previous to this he was the Chief Executive Officer for the University of Surrey Students’ Union since 2014, and been with the Students’ Union for over 20 years. Originally working in entertainment, Alan was responsible for leading the staff team that supported a network of students who are elected to represent students at the University of Surrey in Guildford. Alan also worked closely with Guildford community radio station Kane FM, helping them to relocate to the University and continue to operate as a community service for South West Surrey.
Lisa has been working in a production role in the art world for the past 30 years. She consistently aims to create an environment that enables the creator to make work of the highest standard throughout the creative process, from the initial idea to the finished piece expressed as faithfully as possible. Lisa recently produced a world-class contemporary ballet in an international collaboration from initial idea to stage. She complemented the skillset of the choreographer with her understanding of how creative projects come to fruition, overcoming challenges with the tasks in hand along the way. Lisa has a skillset that includes a reliable, efficient work ethic, self-motivation, being proactive and calm with rigorous diligence to develop projects to a deadline and on budget. Working with people in all areas of life, her communication and organisational skills enable her to manage expectations, as well as her naturally friendly demeanour, innate positivity and enthusiasm for the genre of dance.
Lisa would like to contribute her skills to support Dance Woking to grow, and expand its reach to new audiences, sharing its original creations and the benefits of dance with a broad community. She is delighted to become a part of this small, dynamic team to continue to develop a compelling programme of stimulating and inclusive dance productions.
Carol has recently retired from a long career in central government in the Department of Environment , Food and Rural Affairs and other major departments including the Home Office and the Treasury. Her experience covers policy development, the set up and management of large regional offices, setting up emergency response teams and the Project and Risk Management of major government projects. This included setting up effective governance frameworks, dealing with critical legal and and HR issues and taking responsibility for large government and EU budgets.
That apart, she has had a lifelong interest in dance and all aspects of the arts. Her primary interest has always been ballet and other facets of dance. She lives in Woking and is keen to help develop the Dance Woking agenda and share her enthusiasm with, and provide opportunities for, the increasingly diverse population in Woking and the surrounding areas.
She is an experienced Trustee – having worked as Chairman and Trustee of New Haw Library for the past ten years.
Karen has had a varied and interesting career all of which has been facilitated by Dance. Following 10 years in industry as a performer, dance artist, choreographer and teacher Karen moved into eduction and more recently educational management and was Head of Learning and Standards for Creative Arts at Guildford College.
Katie is an arts marketing professional with specialist skills in digital communications and experience of strategic planning and delivery within dance education, dance theatre and the fashion industry. Having worked at The Place (London) and London Contemporary Dance School for over a decade, she has delivered communications strategies for a broad range of work. Katie devised the School’s first live stream programme in 2012, going on to produce and present the School’s Virtual Open Days. Other significant projects include the creation and launch of multiple websites and working with choreographer’s including Lea Anderson and James Cousins to market promenade performances and performed exhibitions at Victoria & Albert Museum, Candid Arts and Stone Nest. Katie has a BA (Hons) in Dance and Culture, she has studied Kathak and contemporary techniques and has guest lectured in communications at London Contemporary Dance School and the University of Winchester. Katie was the Marketing Manager at Aakash Odedra Company.
Ross is a Targeted Youth Support worker with Surrey County Councils NE Team working with 12-18 year olds. His background is working with youths and mental health, he is a big advocate of using sport to help with mental health issues; He has a lot of experience working in the youth service, Ross spent 9 years as leader in charge at Addlestone Youth Centre before changing to his current role. Previous to this he was with Youth Support Services, Surrey Family Services and now Targeted Youth Support Services.
Claire is a Senior HR professional with over 15 years experience working alongside teams and executives across multiple sectors including FMCG, Communications, Financial Services,Charity and Recruitment. Claire now works as a Business Consultant, helping business leaders and teams develop robust, commercially focused people agendas that drive growth and change. Originally from Scotland, Claire spent most of her childhood dancing, achieving Advanced RAD Ballet level making Dance Woking a charity close to her heart. Claire is also an experienced Executive Coach and Insights Discovery Practitioner.