Board

Yorkshire Dance’s Board of Directors

Margaret Coleman Margaret Coleman, Chair
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Margaret Coleman is an independent consultant working in education, management and the Third Sector. She holds a number of non-executive roles in the not-for-profit sector including Chair of the Media Centre, a social enterprise in the cultural and creative sector; Chair of Yorkshire Dance, a charity promoting excellence in dance; Chair of the Open College Network Yorkshire and the Humber; and until December 2013 was a Trustee on the board of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
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Until April 2010 she was Regional Director for Yorkshire and the Humber in the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and had responsibility for education and training including apprenticeships for adults and young people in schools, colleges and workplaces across the region. She was a member of the national LSC Management Group and was the national Third Sector Champion.
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Born in Derbyshire, Margaret holds two degrees from the University of Leeds, including a first degree in English Literature and a research degree on early twentieth century poetry. She has worked in all the major sectors of post-16 education, including higher education, further education, teacher education, adult skills and sixth form colleges. Before formally joining the LSC in 2001 as Executive Director for West Yorkshire, Margaret was the Principal and Chief Executive of Huddersfield New College and was previously Deputy Principal of Dewsbury College. She has held a number of senior posts in Further and Higher Education in West Yorkshire.Married with a son, Margaret pursues her interests in opera, dance, and piano playing as well as walking and mountain biking.
Alison Andrews Alison Andrews
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Alison Andrews is writer and director with A Quiet Word, an association of artists including story tellers, choreographers, musicians and magicians, creating performance with people in the places where they live, work and study.
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Between 2002 and 2010 she was Performing Arts Officer at Arts Council England, Yorkshire, supporting circus, street arts, carnival, interdisciplinary practice and international work. Alongside making theatre work, she is Programme Associate for Ludus Festival Leeds, developing a biennial programme of contemporary performance for the city with Leeds University. She is currently working on 365 Leeds Stories with Matthew Bellwood, a year long project mapping the city from the outside.
Helen Bowdur Helen Bowdur
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Helen Bowdur has spent the last decade in the arts fundraising sector. She brought in a record amount of private sponsorship as Development Director for the Manchester International Festival and prior to that raised £3million for a state-of-the art Television Gallery at the National Media Museum in Bradford. She currently works as Director of Development for one of the largest national arts organisations outside of London, Opera North.
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Underpinning these achievements is a further two decades of delivering award winning factual programmes on radio and television for the BBC and ITV as well as launching a number of lifestyle channels for BSkyB.
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“I have been a trustee of Yorkshire Dance for less than a year but in that time I have been struck by the “can do” attitude of many of the team at Yorkshire Dance. The phrase, “it can’t be done” is not in their vocabulary and that inspires me to want to go that extra mile for the organisation. Not only do they put dance at the heart of the cultural offer in Yorkshire, they place the art form firmly within communities.”
Ric Green Ric Green
Operations and Technical Director – Opera North, Leeds
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Ric trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama following which he worked freelance across many different disciplines which included Stagemanagement, Theatre Carpenter, Prop Maker, Electrician and Sound Engineer. He has been with Opera North since 1984 before which he had ten years with the National Theatre in London firstly as a Sound Engineer, then as Head of Sound and subsequently he became deputy to the Technical Director with specific responsibilities for the craft workshops.
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In Leeds he led on the successful £30m Transformation Project to renovate the Grand Theatre and Build a new purpose built Opera Centre in Leeds. Ric is actively involved in the creative DARE partnership between University of Leeds and Opera North and serves on the Board of Management.  Ric has a positive influence on skills development in the live arts, through his participation at board level across several major organisations including Vice Chair of the Creative and Cultural National Skills Academy and the Creative and Cultural Skills Sector Skills Council.
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He is a founder Board member and current Chairman of CidaCo in Leeds which specialises in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. He is a Trustee of the Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax and a Director of Yorkshire Dance and a Director of the Conservatoire of Dance & Drama.
Rachel Krische Rachel Krische
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Rachel is the Director of the Dance Department at Leeds Metropolitan University, before which she taught for two years at Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
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A fixture on the Independent London Contemporary Dance scene for 20 years before moving to Yorkshire in 2008, she has an artistically diverse and eclectic career, collaborating and performing extensively and internationally with over 20 different artists including La Ribot, Akram Khan and Wendy Houstoun to name but a few.
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She has been rehearsal director for several British dance companies, choreographed her own work (Jerwood Award winner 2002), been rehearsal director for several British companies, choreographed her own work, and has taught extensively.
Graham Mallinson Graham Mallinson
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Graham is Director of D2 Digital by Design strategic digital services company, and a national board member for student well-being charity NAPCE.
Ruth Moran
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Ruth Moran is CFO at Naylor Industries plc and Non-Executive Director of Comfy Quilts Group following an extensive career in finance and accountancy spanning over 25 years. Having originally studied at Leeds University, Ruth then entered articles and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, subsequently moving into industry and taking on her first  Finance Director role at the age of 30 . She brings excellent financial and commercial acumen to the Yorkshire Dance Board as well as extensive experience in project management.
Adam Ogilvie Adam Ogilvie
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Councillor Adam Ogilvie is a Labour Councillor representing the Beeston and Holbeck ward on Leeds City Council. He is the Council’s Executive Board Member for Adult Social Care, as well as the co-Chair of the Leeds Learning Disability Partnership Board.
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He was previously the Council’s Executive Board Member for Leisure & Skills. This portfolio covers arts, culture, museums, heritage, events, tourism, jobs and skills. sport and active recreation.
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Cllr Ogilvie has many interests, including walking and creative and performance arts. He has a strong commitment to helping vulnerable people, as well as ensuring Leeds is an accessible city for all.
Andrew Walker Andrew Walker
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Andrew obtained an MA in law at Selwyn College Cambridge and then studied at York College of Law.
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Andrew is Head of Restructuring, Insolvency and Contentious Business at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors in Leeds.  Having trained and qualified at Irwin Mitchell, Andrew was made partner in 2001 and specialises in advising banks, asset-based lenders, turnaround specialists, insolvency practitioners, pension schemes, charities and corporates (including listed Plcs) on all aspects of turnaround and restructuring.
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He is also on the Board of YorkshireArtspace.
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Andrew grew up in Huddersfield, is married with 3 children and lives in Leeds. In his spare time (what little there is) he enjoys cooking, rock climbing, tennis, opera, and more recently, contemporary dance.