Meet The Team

DCD staff

'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, including as a Virger at St Paul’s Cathedral.

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 Services 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

Jennifer Curry

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, including as a Virger at St Paul’s Cathedral.

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

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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Rebecca Delgado

Projects and Innovation Officer (part-time)

Rebecca Delgado

Originally from Stockholm, Rebecca trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and left her dance career due to an injury. She’s a qualified Co-Active and accredited RD1st Coach and is currently undertaking a Psychology degree. She is passionate about career and personal development for individuals both within and outside of the arts sector.

Before joining the DCD, Rebecca was active as an entrepreneur and part of running an e-commerce business. She also holds a diploma in acting from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York.

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Nancy Liiv

Dancer Support and Services 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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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.

Isabel is an established leader, having been Resident Director for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Dance Company. During her successful 22 year career as a professional dancer and choreographer she worked with some of Europe’s most innovative directors; performing principal roles in London’s West End and taking centre stage on Broadway. Throughout her time as Resident Director she coached and mentored people from all walks of life, as well as performing artists.

Performing made her aware of the power of choice in every moment. She learnt to be highly tuned to herself, and other people. She has amazing skills of understanding and intuition, and is able to get to the heart of a situation fast.

In 2007 Isabel joined Connectwell, a people and organisational development company. She led cultural change and team development work in organisations such as the BBC, AstraZeneca, Action for Children, Royal Borough of Kingston, British Airways, British Gas, Greenpeace, The Royal Commonwealth Society, International Passport Services, Royal Mail and Strategic North. www.connectwell.co.uk

In 2010 Isabel became a visiting lecturer at Birkbeck University specialising in personal development planning.

In 2011 Isabel became an approved coach for the 21st Century Legacy ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ programme for primary and secondary schools. A programme to discover student’s unique potential and empower them to pursue and fulfil their dreams. www.21stcenturylegacy.com

Isabel is a graduate of the prestigious Clore Fellowship Programme. This is a highly regarded leadership programme, for recognised leaders who specialise in the arts.

Isabel has endless energy for people realising their unique potential, and pursuing the powerful impact they create in the world, when they unleash that focus, flow and drive.

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Rebecca Delgado

Originally from Stockholm, Rebecca trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and left her dance career due to an injury. She’s a qualified Co-Active and accredited RD1st Coach and is currently undertaking a Psychology degree. She is passionate about career and personal development for individuals both within and outside of the arts sector.

Before joining the DCD, Rebecca was active as an entrepreneur and part of running an e-commerce business. She also holds a diploma in acting from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York.

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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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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.

Isabel is an established leader, having been Resident Director for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Dance Company. During her successful 22 year career as a professional dancer and choreographer she worked with some of Europe’s most innovative directors; performing principal roles in London’s West End and taking centre stage on Broadway. Throughout her time as Resident Director she coached and mentored people from all walks of life, as well as performing artists.

Performing made her aware of the power of choice in every moment. She learnt to be highly tuned to herself, and other people. She has amazing skills of understanding and intuition, and is able to get to the heart of a situation fast.

In 2007 Isabel joined Connectwell, a people and organisational development company. She led cultural change and team development work in organisations such as the BBC, AstraZeneca, Action for Children, Royal Borough of Kingston, British Airways, British Gas, Greenpeace, The Royal Commonwealth Society, International Passport Services, Royal Mail and Strategic North. www.connectwell.co.uk

In 2010 Isabel became a visiting lecturer at Birkbeck University specialising in personal development planning.

In 2011 Isabel became an approved coach for the 21st Century Legacy ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ programme for primary and secondary schools. A programme to discover student’s unique potential and empower them to pursue and fulfil their dreams. www.21stcenturylegacy.com

Isabel is a graduate of the prestigious Clore Fellowship Programme. This is a highly regarded leadership programme, for recognised leaders who specialise in the arts.

Isabel has endless energy for people realising their unique potential, and pursuing the powerful impact they create in the world, when they unleash that focus, flow and drive.

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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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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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