Board and Patrons


Celeste Dandeker-Arnold OBE (Founder)
Albi Greva
Pedro Machado
Stine Nilsen
Arlene Phillips CBE
Alistair Spalding CBE
Peter Stanford
Baroness Rosalie Wilkins


Fern Potter, appointed January 2018 (Chair)

Fern has been mentoring and advising colleagues in the arts for many years, as both a regular trainer for Arts Funding and Philanthropy programme, Arts Council England and as a lecturer in Fundraising for the Cultural Sector at City, University of London (MA Arts Management). She has worked in fundraising for arts and cultural sector since 1990 - developing organisations and implementing strategic frameworks for effective fundraising from all areas of private giving, as well as marketing. She is currently Director of Development (Interim) for Birmingham Royal Ballet, and has held a variety of posts including: Development Director (Interim) with Orlando Ballet, Director of Development with Dance UK, Head of Development with Dance Umbrella, Development Manager with the Ballet Boyz, and founding Director of Essexdance. She consults on development and has worked with the Barbican, and The Place, among other clients, and has worked in the corporate sector as Business Development Manager with Tom Peters Company (UK). Fern holds a MA Arts Management from City University, London and is a full member of the Institute of Fundraisers. She is Chair of Candoco Dance Company and Viviana Durante Company and a member of the National College for the Creative Industries governing body.

Nelson Abbey, appointed August 2018

Nelson Abbey is a media executive and writer based in London. He previously held senior positions in the City of London.

Alyssa Bonic, appointed February 2014

Alyssa Bonic is Head of Creative Industries at Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre. It drives their early adoption to grow the country’s economy. Programmes include CreativeXR, giving the best creative teams the chance to develop immersive content, and Dimension, a world leading volumetric video and 3D capture studio. Her previous roles include Head of Business Development at English National Ballet as well as heading up BSkyB’s arts sponsorship strategy broadening the reach of UK cultural organisations through digital amplification. She was also an assistant producer in children’s film and television before completing a Masters in audiovisual management at the Media Business School offered by the Media Plus Programme of the European Union which then led her to take up her role at Sky.

Kimberley Harvey, appointed February 2016

Kimberley is a Candoco Artist. She teaches for the company both nationally and internationally on a diverse range of projects, including for Candoco's youth company, Cando2; on choreographic residencies, schools workshops and CPD.

Kimberley has had the opportunity to work with past and present company dancers/other Candoco Artists on research or performance projects. An example of this would be performing as part of the company of 12 Candoco dancers at the London 2012 Paralympic Closing Ceremony.

In addition to being a freelance dancer and dance teacher, Kimberley has her own inclusive dance company, Subtle Kraft Co. The work is fuelled by curiosity and humanity; exploring relationships and their inherent complexities from a range of perspectives.Subtle Kraft Co has particular interests in both live performance and dance on screen in order to create and build different kinds of interactions between performers and audience in a variety of places, contexts and even, across countries!

Cressida Hubbard, appointed February 2016

Cressida Hubbard is Managing Director of Artangel, an arts organisation that commissions and presents contemporary art projects in unexpected places throughout London, across the UK and around the world. Artangel offers artists of all kinds the opportunity to imagine the unimaginable and create work that is distinctive, surprising and inspiring. She has worked at Artangel since 2002 and is responsible for strategic planning and partnerships, fundraising and financial management. Prior to this, she worked for Siobhan Davies Dance and a number of classical music organisations in management, finance and development. She graduated from Clare College, Cambridge, with a degree in history.

Charlotte Waelde, appointed February 2018

Charlotte is a Professor of Intellectual Property Law in the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University. A Scots trained lawyer, she started her professional life in practice as a commercial lawyer, moving to the University of Edinburgh Law School to become an academic in 1995. She became interested in intellectual property law early on in her academic career, and soon specialised in copyright and creativity (broadly stated). She moved to the University of Exeter in 2010 where she worked on a major AHRC funded project, InVisible Difference: Disability Dance and Law. This sparked her interest in dance and led to her position at C-DaRE. In the course of her academic life Charlotte has held a variety of posts from co-director of a major research centre to head of school, led major research projects, and written, spoken and taught nationally and internationally on intellectual property related matters. Being (probably) the only law academic who specialises in dance and intellectual property related matters, she is regularly consulted on dance and law related matters. She is committed to supporting dance, both in education and practice.