The Board

The only dance company in our sector to be registered at UK Companies House, we are currently a Company Limited by Guarantee, governed by a voluntary Board of Directors. In 2017 we hope to attain charitable status and the directors will become trustees of the charity. The members of our Board have extensive, high level expertise in the corporate, charitable and public sectors and we are incredibly grateful to them for the time they give to us and for their invaluable guidance and insight.

From left to right they are:

Joanna Wade is a lawyer and employment judge, as well as being a diversity and community relations judge. She’s also a trustee of Thames Reach, a charity working with homeless people, and was previously Chair of Crisis – organising its Open Christmas for many years.

Richard McCarthy CBE (Chair) is currently a senior director in a FTSE 100 company, but for the majority of his working life he has held significant positions in major charities and central government. He has been the Chief Executive of the Peabody Trust, Chair of the National Housing Federation and Director General – Neighbourhoods at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

John Adkins is a retired company transformation and turnaround director. He has worked at CEO and senior director level for companies in a wide variety of sectors including the arts, engineering, defence and renewable energy, plus a major NHS health trust.

Leila Molaei is a freelance culture and communications specialist. Of mixed Iranian/British heritage, she is a world authority on Iraqi dance and the dances of the Persian Gulf, as well as being a highly respected commentator and thought leader in the international middle eastern dance community.

Michaela O’Brien is a course leader and senior lecturer in journalism and mass communications at the University of Westminster. Particular areas of expertise include not-for-profit campaign communications, gender and diversity, ethics and transparency and green issues. She has also worked as a freelance PR for many charities over the years.