Meet The Team

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'I have been extremely impressed with the organisation as a whole, its fulfilment of its promises, the welcoming nature of the employees, and the openness to talking things through to an individual, rather than following a one-size-fits-all solution to life after a performance career.'

 

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Hello, meet our warm and friendly team!

 

Simon Brears

Administrator

Simon Brears

Simon joined Dancers’ Career Development in March 2018. Before joining Simon worked for the Church of England in various roles.

Simon provides administrative support to the DCD office.

He has a BA (Hons) in Politics with Eastern European Studies and achieved an MA with Distinction in International Labour and Trade Union Studies, winning the Mark Young Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Research in the Field of Labour and Trade Union Studies.

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Ellen Chambers

Dancer Support and Programmes Officer

Ellen Chambers

Ellen joined DCD in October 2013, combining her passion for dance with a wealth of project management experience and her desire to help others to achieve their potential. Ellen provides one to one support to dancers as well as leading on DCD’s flagship projects such as EVOLVE and the Transition Coaching Programme, and regularly delivers workshops and talks on the Schools and Conservatoires Programme.

Ellen is an accredited Relational Dynamics 1st coach, passing the course with Distinction in April 2016. She is also a proud trustee of Dane Hurst’s Moving Assembly Project.

Since graduating from the University of Lincoln with a BA(Hons) in Drama in 2008, Ellen has contributed to the success of leading theatre-in-education organisation Freshwater Theatre Company and Squeaky Gate, a charity providing Further Education arts courses to vulnerable adults.

A life-long amateur dancer, Ellen has participated in projects with East London Dance, Big Dance with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, and currently trains in Jazz Dance at Morley College.

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Jennifer Curry

Executive Director (currently on Maternity Leave)

Jennifer Curry

Please note: Jennifer is currently on maternity leave. Correspondence should be sent to the Executive Director (Maternity Cover), Sue Wyatt. She can be contacted at sue@thedcd.org.uk

Jennifer joined Dancers’ Career Development in 2010, becoming Executive Director in 2014. Her vision is to drive the Transition Centre forward as a world-leader in dancer transition, delivering high quality transition support for all professional dancers in the UK.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Surrey with a BA in Dance and Culture with Professional Training. She then obtained an MA in Cultural Policy and Management from City University, London. Jennifer has extensive experience working in the arts, at organisations such as The Place, The Fleming Collection, The Royal Society of Literature and most recently at the New York City Center in New York. Jennifer completed the Clore Leadership Programme Emerging Leaders Course in March 2014.

Throughout her tenure at DCD Jennifer has been invited to contribute her expertise on the subject of career transition for dancers at a number of international conferences. She is an Executive member of the International Organisation for the Transition of Professional Dancers (IOTPD). Jennifer is also a member of the International Women’s Forum.

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Clare Davis

Fundraising Officer (part-time)

Clare Davis

Clare joined DCD in 2017, having worked in business development and fundraising for over a decade.

With a love for visual and performing arts nurtured from a young age, Clare achieved a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts from Birmingham University in 2005 and went on to work as a make-up designer for theatre and live events for several years before commencing a career specialising in the coordination of large-scale bids, tenders and contracts.

Having moved from the commercial to the voluntary sector in 2013, Clare gained experience as a corporate fundraiser with the Centre for Movement Disorders and Working Families. Clare is delighted to join DCD at a pivotal and exciting time in a role which brings together so many personal and professional passions. Clare is an Associate Member of the Institute of Fundraising.

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Simon Brears

Simon joined Dancers’ Career Development in March 2018. Before joining Simon worked for the Church of England in various roles.

Simon provides administrative support to the DCD office.

He has a BA (Hons) in Politics with Eastern European Studies and achieved an MA with Distinction in International Labour and Trade Union Studies, winning the Mark Young Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Research in the Field of Labour and Trade Union Studies.

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Ellen Chambers

Ellen joined DCD in October 2013, combining her passion for dance with a wealth of project management experience and her desire to help others to achieve their potential. Ellen provides one to one support to dancers as well as leading on DCD’s flagship projects such as EVOLVE and the Transition Coaching Programme, and regularly delivers workshops and talks on the Schools and Conservatoires Programme.

Ellen is an accredited Relational Dynamics 1st coach, passing the course with Distinction in April 2016. She is also a proud trustee of Dane Hurst’s Moving Assembly Project.

Since graduating from the University of Lincoln with a BA(Hons) in Drama in 2008, Ellen has contributed to the success of leading theatre-in-education organisation Freshwater Theatre Company and Squeaky Gate, a charity providing Further Education arts courses to vulnerable adults.

A life-long amateur dancer, Ellen has participated in projects with East London Dance, Big Dance with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, and currently trains in Jazz Dance at Morley College.

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Jennifer Curry

Please note: Jennifer is currently on maternity leave. Correspondence should be sent to the Executive Director (Maternity Cover), Sue Wyatt. She can be contacted at sue@thedcd.org.uk

Jennifer joined Dancers’ Career Development in 2010, becoming Executive Director in 2014. Her vision is to drive the Transition Centre forward as a world-leader in dancer transition, delivering high quality transition support for all professional dancers in the UK.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Surrey with a BA in Dance and Culture with Professional Training. She then obtained an MA in Cultural Policy and Management from City University, London. Jennifer has extensive experience working in the arts, at organisations such as The Place, The Fleming Collection, The Royal Society of Literature and most recently at the New York City Center in New York. Jennifer completed the Clore Leadership Programme Emerging Leaders Course in March 2014.

Throughout her tenure at DCD Jennifer has been invited to contribute her expertise on the subject of career transition for dancers at a number of international conferences. She is an Executive member of the International Organisation for the Transition of Professional Dancers (IOTPD). Jennifer is also a member of the International Women’s Forum.

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Clare Davis

Clare joined DCD in 2017, having worked in business development and fundraising for over a decade.

With a love for visual and performing arts nurtured from a young age, Clare achieved a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts from Birmingham University in 2005 and went on to work as a make-up designer for theatre and live events for several years before commencing a career specialising in the coordination of large-scale bids, tenders and contracts.

Having moved from the commercial to the voluntary sector in 2013, Clare gained experience as a corporate fundraiser with the Centre for Movement Disorders and Working Families. Clare is delighted to join DCD at a pivotal and exciting time in a role which brings together so many personal and professional passions. Clare is an Associate Member of the Institute of Fundraising.

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Nancy Liiv

Dancer Support and Programmes Officer

Nancy Liiv

Nancy joined Dancers’ Career Development in August 2013. Before joining DCD, Nancy worked at Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Estonia where she discovered her passion for helping and supporting people.

Nancy provides one to one support to dancers and delivers the programme of Transition Support Services.

She has got a PG Certificate in Career Management with Distinction and since October 2016 she is working towards an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from Birkbeck, University of London.

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Hanna Madalska-Gayer

Communications Officer (part-time)

Hanna Madalska-Gayer

Hanna is a communications professional with a passion for dance and career spanning over 13 years in UK and international public relations and campaign management.

She has devised award winning communications programmes for global organisations and brands across and was recognised by PR Week as one of the UK industry’s top ’29 under 29′ PR practitioners in 2008.

Hanna formerly trained as a dancer, served as a Trustee on the board of Akademi South Asian Dance and also works part time as One Dance UK’s Advocacy Manager.

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Sue Wyatt

Executive Director (Maternity Cover)

Sue Wyatt

Sue joined Dancers’ Career Development in January 2019 to provide maternity cover for Executive Director, Jennifer Curry. Sue is Chair of One Dance UK and a member of the Hampstead Theatre Foundation Trust.  She works in dance and theatre and brings a wealth of sector experience, having been involved with organisations including Chameleon Dance Theatre, Phoenix Dance, Rambert Dance Company, English National Ballet School, Shobana Jeyasingh, the Council for Dance Education and the Arts Council.

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Isabel Mortimer

Director of Coaching and EVOLVE Workshop Facilitator

Isabel Mortimer

Isabel is a Personal and Executive coach CPCC, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, and an Organisational Relationship and Systems Coach (both endorsed by the International Coaching Federation, ICF). Isabel specialises in Leadership development, cultural change, and enabling positive team dynamics.

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Nancy Liiv

Nancy joined Dancers’ Career Development in August 2013. Before joining DCD, Nancy worked at Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Estonia where she discovered her passion for helping and supporting people.

Nancy provides one to one support to dancers and delivers the programme of Transition Support Services.

She has got a PG Certificate in Career Management with Distinction and since October 2016 she is working towards an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from Birkbeck, University of London.

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Hanna Madalska-Gayer

Hanna is a communications professional with a passion for dance and career spanning over 13 years in UK and international public relations and campaign management.

She has devised award winning communications programmes for global organisations and brands across and was recognised by PR Week as one of the UK industry’s top ’29 under 29′ PR practitioners in 2008.

Hanna formerly trained as a dancer, served as a Trustee on the board of Akademi South Asian Dance and also works part time as One Dance UK’s Advocacy Manager.

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Sue Wyatt

Sue joined Dancers’ Career Development in January 2019 to provide maternity cover for Executive Director, Jennifer Curry. Sue is Chair of One Dance UK and a member of the Hampstead Theatre Foundation Trust.  She works in dance and theatre and brings a wealth of sector experience, having been involved with organisations including Chameleon Dance Theatre, Phoenix Dance, Rambert Dance Company, English National Ballet School, Shobana Jeyasingh, the Council for Dance Education and the Arts Council.

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Isabel Mortimer

Isabel is a Personal and Executive coach CPCC, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, and an Organisational Relationship and Systems Coach (both endorsed by the International Coaching Federation, ICF). Isabel specialises in Leadership development, cultural change, and enabling positive team dynamics.

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Jane Ralls

DCD Coach - Birmingham

Jane Ralls

Jane Ralls is a coach and Action Learning Facilitator based in the West Midlands.

Jane has worked in the arts since the late 90s, including being on the Senior Leadership Team at DanceXchange in Birmingham and also being a trustee and more recently Vice Chair for People Dancing.  She also has experience in supporting individuals and companies in both personal and professional transition. This includes career progression, parenthood, redundancy, confidence and work/life balance.

Jane enjoys working with a range of clients and aims to provide a positive and empowering experience.

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Jo Wright

DCD Coach and EVOLVE Workshop Facilitator

Jo Wright

Jo Wright is a passionate Facilitator and Coach who delights in getting the best out of people and step-changing performance.

Jo brings 15 years professional experience. She is a Licensed Practitioner of Insights Discovery® and a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, tools which, combined with her deep intuitive understanding of people and cultures, give her a unique insight into how to get the best out of people in both their personal and professional lives.

She joins DCD Director of Coaching Isabel Mortimer as we expand our coaching programme to be accessible locally across the UK.

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Louise Yates

DCD Coach - Leeds

Louise Yates

Louise is an experienced coach and facilitator who is passionate about supporting individuals to work and live at their best, particularly when they are going through life changes. Helping people to connect to what is really important to them and develop their confidence to take those steps to achieve this lies at the heart of how Louise works with her clients. She combines a warm, calm and supportive approach with intuition and challenge, providing a safe exploratory space for her clients to learn and develop.

Louise has 18 years coaching experience and is a Certified Co-active Coach, Certified Organisation and Relationship Coach and a trained coach supervisor with The Coach Supervision Academy.

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Jane Ralls

Jane Ralls is a coach and Action Learning Facilitator based in the West Midlands.

Jane has worked in the arts since the late 90s, including being on the Senior Leadership Team at DanceXchange in Birmingham and also being a trustee and more recently Vice Chair for People Dancing.  She also has experience in supporting individuals and companies in both personal and professional transition. This includes career progression, parenthood, redundancy, confidence and work/life balance.

Jane enjoys working with a range of clients and aims to provide a positive and empowering experience.

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Jo Wright

Jo Wright is a passionate Facilitator and Coach who delights in getting the best out of people and step-changing performance.

Jo brings 15 years professional experience. She is a Licensed Practitioner of Insights Discovery® and a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, tools which, combined with her deep intuitive understanding of people and cultures, give her a unique insight into how to get the best out of people in both their personal and professional lives.

She joins DCD Director of Coaching Isabel Mortimer as we expand our coaching programme to be accessible locally across the UK.

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Louise Yates

Louise is an experienced coach and facilitator who is passionate about supporting individuals to work and live at their best, particularly when they are going through life changes. Helping people to connect to what is really important to them and develop their confidence to take those steps to achieve this lies at the heart of how Louise works with her clients. She combines a warm, calm and supportive approach with intuition and challenge, providing a safe exploratory space for her clients to learn and develop.

Louise has 18 years coaching experience and is a Certified Co-active Coach, Certified Organisation and Relationship Coach and a trained coach supervisor with The Coach Supervision Academy.

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