Meet The Team

'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.'

 

DCD Supported Dancer

Hello, meet our warm and friendly team!

 

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

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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Ikram Hirse

Operations Manager (part-time)

Ikram Hirse

Ikram joined DCD in May 2021 as Operations Manager. She has brought her experience and expertise from the Grant givers ecosystem alongside operational and administration management.

After graduating from Finance and Banking, Ikram pursed her Masters in Grant making, Philanthropy and Social Investment to further to understand about making positive change in and though the sector. Ikram is currently undertaking her CIPD Associate People Management Level 5.

Ikram has recently joined The RSA as Fellow turning ideas into actions for social change into reality. In addition to working part time for DCD, Ikram is developing her own community-based organisation. Ikram is also a Treasurer at the Black Muslim Forum.

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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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Ikram Hirse

Ikram joined DCD in May 2021 as Operations Manager. She has brought her experience and expertise from the Grant givers ecosystem alongside operational and administration management.

After graduating from Finance and Banking, Ikram pursed her Masters in Grant making, Philanthropy and Social Investment to further to understand about making positive change in and though the sector. Ikram is currently undertaking her CIPD Associate People Management Level 5.

Ikram has recently joined The RSA as Fellow turning ideas into actions for social change into reality. In addition to working part time for DCD, Ikram is developing her own community-based organisation. Ikram is also a Treasurer at the Black Muslim Forum.

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Lucy Glover

Dancer Support and Programmes Officer (part-time)

Lucy Glover

Lucy joined DCD in September 2020 as Interim Dancer Support and Programmes Officer. Lucy joined DCD from Studio Wayne McGregor, where she held the role of Company Producer. Lucy trained as a dancer at The Place and Trinity Laban, graduating with a BA in Dance Theatre, before commencing a vibrant and varied career in the UK dance sector,  including roles with Big Dance 2014, Boy Blue, Second Hand Dance and Michael Clark Company.

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Simone Muller-Lotz

Dancer Support and Programmes Officer (part-time)

Simone Muller-Lotz

Simone curated the Career Insights Programme for DCD in 2017 and has rejoined the team as Interim Dancer Support and Programmes Officer.

Simone holds an Honours degree in Psychology and is a qualified Pilates teacher. Originally from South Africa, Simone trained in the UK at The Royal Ballet School and Central School of Ballet. She was a professional dancer for 14 years both in the UK and South Africa.

Simone is thrilled to be a part of the DCD team. This position is generously supported by The Linbury Trust.

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Abigail Walton

Director of Development

Abigail Walton

Abi joined DCD as Director of Development in October 2021. She brings over a decade of relationship-led fundraising experience, primarily gained at world-leading arts and heritage organisations across the north of England. She began her cultural career at The Wordsworth Trust, and has fundraised for Sheffield Museums, Northern Ballet and Sheffield Theatres. She served as a trustee for Arts on the Run for four years, supporting artists (including brilliant dancers!) with a history of migration or seeking sanctuary.

Abi holds a BA (Hons) and MA in English Literature from the University of Sheffield. She wrote an interdisciplinary MA dissertation on the poet, dancer and dance critic Edwin Denby.

Abi is a member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.

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Lucy Glover

Lucy joined DCD in September 2020 as Interim Dancer Support and Programmes Officer. Lucy joined DCD from Studio Wayne McGregor, where she held the role of Company Producer. Lucy trained as a dancer at The Place and Trinity Laban, graduating with a BA in Dance Theatre, before commencing a vibrant and varied career in the UK dance sector,  including roles with Big Dance 2014, Boy Blue, Second Hand Dance and Michael Clark Company.

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Simone Muller-Lotz

Simone curated the Career Insights Programme for DCD in 2017 and has rejoined the team as Interim Dancer Support and Programmes Officer.

Simone holds an Honours degree in Psychology and is a qualified Pilates teacher. Originally from South Africa, Simone trained in the UK at The Royal Ballet School and Central School of Ballet. She was a professional dancer for 14 years both in the UK and South Africa.

Simone is thrilled to be a part of the DCD team. This position is generously supported by The Linbury Trust.

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Abigail Walton

Abi joined DCD as Director of Development in October 2021. She brings over a decade of relationship-led fundraising experience, primarily gained at world-leading arts and heritage organisations across the north of England. She began her cultural career at The Wordsworth Trust, and has fundraised for Sheffield Museums, Northern Ballet and Sheffield Theatres. She served as a trustee for Arts on the Run for four years, supporting artists (including brilliant dancers!) with a history of migration or seeking sanctuary.

Abi holds a BA (Hons) and MA in English Literature from the University of Sheffield. She wrote an interdisciplinary MA dissertation on the poet, dancer and dance critic Edwin Denby.

Abi is a member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.

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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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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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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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Frances Cairney

DCD Coach - Glasgow

Frances Cairney

Frances is an experienced coach with fourteen years’ experience of helping a wide variety of people explore and clarify their goals then supporting them to make the changes they want to make. Within the safety of the coaching relationship, she blends warmth and encouragement with challenge and focus to give people the confidence to try new things and learn through their experiences.

She is passionate about helping people have balanced and rewarding lives. She firmly believes that given the time and space to think, people can discover their untapped resources, allowing them to grow and be happy.

She is also an accredited BABCP Psychotherapist so can use a wide range of research-evidenced psychological tools and techniques to help individuals overcome their fears to make change happen.

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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

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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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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Frances Cairney

Frances is an experienced coach with fourteen years’ experience of helping a wide variety of people explore and clarify their goals then supporting them to make the changes they want to make. Within the safety of the coaching relationship, she blends warmth and encouragement with challenge and focus to give people the confidence to try new things and learn through their experiences.

She is passionate about helping people have balanced and rewarding lives. She firmly believes that given the time and space to think, people can discover their untapped resources, allowing them to grow and be happy.

She is also an accredited BABCP Psychotherapist so can use a wide range of research-evidenced psychological tools and techniques to help individuals overcome their fears to make change happen.

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