Yorkshire Dance Staff Team update

by admin on March 17, 2015

The Yorkshire Dance team has expanded in the past few month and we are delighted to introduce you to Jackie Malcolm and shine a spotlight on some good news for Melanie Purdie and Hannah Robertshaw.

Jackie MalcolmFor the first time in our history, we have appointed a Development & Fundraising Manager – a very exciting prospect for the organisation as well as a sign of our times.

Jackie Malcolm says she is “Delighted to be working with the talent, energy and skills of the Yorkshire Dance team.

Having spent 25 years in arts and cultural industries, Jackie has become an avid defender of public funding for the arts and is an enthusiastic advocate for innovation in funding models for the sector. Jackie enjoys the creative opportunities offered to her in this job and feels it suits her strategic thinking and planning capacity well.

I am really looking forward to re-investing the insights and skills I have developed from the Cultural Leadership Programme, Common Purpose and RD1st Coaching into the current role to create, support and sustain the family of relationships that will help Yorkshire Dance thrive.” – Jackie

Mel PurdieMelanie Purdie joined our team in January as BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship Creative Producer and has been shortlisted as one of 15 candidates to be part of a fantastic project with Ideastap.

“I have applied for an Ideastap workshop with MAC Birmingham. 100 people throughout the UK were invited to attend a lecture about creative producing. After the workshop we were asked to send in an idea for a festival/event we would like to create in association with MAC with a seed commission of £3000. 15 people were picked out of the 100 to go to MAC Birmingham to take part in the next phase of the competition – where they whittle down the 15 ideas to make just 1 project happen.I’m really excited to be one of the 15 to take part in this workshop. I feel like this is a good opportunity for m to develop my networks and relationships with other producers and venues.”

Hannah RobertshawLast summer, Hannah Robertshaw, Youth and Community Dance Director, was selected nationally for the American Express Leadership Academy run in conjunction with Common Purpose. The Academy, which has been run in the US since June 2008, was launched in the UK in 2010. The course aims to develop emerging leaders who have the potential to become senior leaders in the not-for-profit sector.  The Leadership Academy is part of a broader commitment from American Express Philanthropy to work with organisations to develop a diverse pool of world-class leaders committed to working in the not-for-profit sector.

The leadership academy was an amazing opportunity to build new networks and forge relationships with people outside of the arts scene. It has been invaluable in terms of my own personal and professional development. The opportunities that the academy presented were unlike anything I could have accessed elsewhere. Meeting inspirational leaders and peers has made me reassess my own goals and aspirations and the opportunity to challenge, debate and discuss ideas within the safety of the course was refreshing and thought provoking. I feel excited about tackling my role at Yorkshire Dance with a new found confidence and insight and hope that I can embed many of the principals from the leadership academy within my work.”

To top it all off we’re also really proud Hannah has been asked by Sadler’s Wells to sit on the National Youth Dance Company Focus Group.

Find out about the rest of the staff team 

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