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 has held a variety of posts including: Director of Development with Dance UK, Head of Development with Dance Umbrella, Senior Development Manager with Index on Censorship, and founding Director of Essexdance. She consults on development and has worked with the Barbican, the Orlando Ballet, 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. Fern has been a member of the Candoco board since February 2016.

Alyssa Bonic, appointed February 2014

Alyssa Bonic is currently Arts Manager at Sky as part of The Bigger Picture team. She is responsible for developing and managing Sky’s arts investment strategy on the ground including Sky Arts Ignition investing in new work by leading arts organisations.

This includes the award winning project Sky Arts Ignition: Doug Aitken – The Source in partnership with Tate Liverpool, who commissioned world renowned video artist Doug Aitken to create their first outdoor public art installation on the Albert Dock. The structure was designed by leading British architect David Adjaye and launched the Liverpool Biennial in September 2012. The project welcomed 50,000 visitors and reached a further 20,000 people online. It also won the Hollis Award for Arts Sponsorship in 2013.

This also includes Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace (18 June – 20 October 2013) a partnership with the V&A which brings to life a new work of fiction by the British author Hari Kunzru on the power of memory. The work involves commissions by twenty internationally acclaimed artists who have each been invited to interpret his story to make up an immersive exhibition. Sky are amplifying and adding value to the project by inviting the public to contribute their own personal memories to a digital memory bank at

She also manages Sky Arts Futures Fund, supporting emerging artists as well as partnerships with several leading literature festivals such as the Hay Festival and the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Prior to this she managed the marketing and press for Sky Arts’ two television channels Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 2 seeing it through several re-launches with growing audiences now with millions of viewers a month.

She was 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.

Stephanie Grundy, appointed January 2012

Stephanie Grundy is a lawyer. She was a civil servant at the Treasury and the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel for 15 years. Since 2000, she has been working as a legal consultant drafting legislation for the Government and rules for a range of other public bodies. She has also drafted a number of Private Members’ Bills for introduction in the House of Commons and House of Lords. Many of these, including the Civil Partnerships Bill and the Equality Bill, have been taken forward by the Government to become law. Stephanie has a long-standing interest in contemporary dance, especially at the more challenging and thought-provoking end of the spectrum.

Kimberley Harvey, appointed February 2016

Kimberley is a Candoco Artist. She teaches for the company both nationally and internationally across a diverse range of projects; from choreographic residencies, to workshops in schools or professional development sessions. She also co-leads one of Candoco Dance Company’s regular youth sessions at Trinity Laban.

Kimberley has had the opportunity to work with past and present company dancers and Candoco Artists on research or performance projects, including 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. They were recently successful with an Arts Council Grants for the Arts application, meaning that their current live work, Moments: Revisited, has been developed and is being toured to ‘unconventional performance spaces’ around the UK. Subtle Kraft Co’s work is fuelled by curiosity and humanity; exploring relationships and their inherent complexities from a range of perspectives. As well as live work, Kimberley also has an interest in dance on film. Most recently, Subtle Kraft Co. explored this with On the Tip of My Tongue – a collaborative dance film project with fellow dance artist and Candoco dancer, Andrew Graham and filmmakers, Anthony Graham and Kristian Craven.

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.

Jane Stokes CBE, appointed January 2012

Jane was a Civil Servant for nearly 30 years before she suffered a stroke in 2000 which left her with severe aphasia and partly paralysed on her right side. During her civil service career she worked initially on export credit and then on framing legislation on insurance, company law and financial services. Her last major project was the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, for which she received the CBE.

Jane is active at Connect, the leading charity for people living with aphasia. She co-facilitates or participates in the Music Group, the Conversation Group, the Drop-in sessions and the Women’s Group. She is a member of the South London Aphasia Hub and a number of other committees. She is also in the co-ordination group supporting Carole Pound’s Ph.D project on the effect of strokes on friendships and social interaction. Jane received the Southwark volunteer of the year award in 2011.

Jane regularly attends modern ballet and opera with her friends.

Jane’s aphasia makes it very difficult for her to communicate – this biography was written for her by a friend with her input – but as a result of it and her background in law and public service she has a deep understanding of disability issues which enables her to provide a distinct input in many areas.

“I am keen to give all I can back to the community. As a result of my stroke, I have much greater awareness of disability issues. With my love of music and dance, helping Candoco is an ideal way of doing so. Although I can no longer communicate easily, I still understand everything and, with Stephanie Grundy, can use my experience as a lawyer in my role as trustee.” Jane Stokes

Eckhard Thiemann, appointed August 2017

Eckhard is an independent curator, programmer and arts manager, specialising in dance and international cultural programming and exchanges. Currently he is Programming Associate – Dance for The Lowry, one of UK’s largest arts centres, where he develops an international dance programme across its three venues, presenting over 25 dance productions across the year.

He is Artistic Director of Shubbak, London’s largest festival of contemporary Arab culture.

Eckhard is also Associate Artistic Curator for CODA - Oslo International Dance Festival in October 2017, working with founder and outgoing artistic director Lise Nordal on the programme development of Norway’s most established dance festival.

He was freelance producer for the digital platform The Space, for which he delivered co-commissions with Tate Modern, National Theatre of Scotland, Aldeburgh Music, National Theatre Wales, Barbican and Serpentine Galleries. He worked twice with Siobhan Davies Dance as interim Creative Producer, significantly enhancing the company’s international profile. He was a producer for the London 2012 Festival and the Cultural Olympiad and curated the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival 2011 and acted as adviser for the 2014 festival. He curated OUTSPOKEN – NEW PERFORMANCE FROM ARAB ARTISTS for International Dance Festival Birmingham (2010), and produced African Crossroads for Dance Umbrella (2009). He programmed the opening season of Pavilion Dance and the conference Digital Futures in Dance. Previously he was artistic director of Woking Dance Festival, and Year Of The Artist coordinator for South East Arts.

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.

Jamie Watton, appointed May 2013

Jamie Watton has been the Chief Executive and Artistic Director at South East Dance since February 2009. South East Dance is the national development agency for dance in the south east. Since joining, Jamie has led the organization in new directions, working with partners to ensure a thriving ecology for dance in the region and firmly placing artists and audiences at the heart of all activity. Jamie graduated from Laban, now Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 1990.

Prior to this, Jamie worked at Arts Council England as a Dance Officer from 2004 and as a Senior Officer, Dance Strategy from 2007. He also acted as Interim Cultural Coordinator 2012, contributing to the development of south east regional plans for the Olympic and Paralympic Games London 2012. As Senior Officer, Dance Strategy, his responsibilities included the development of the digital agenda for dance, overseeing Big Dance 2008 and maintaining an overview of national touring activity.

Jamie started his career as a dancer and has collaborated with among others, Adventures in Motion Pictures and Yolande Snaith. He later founded the company Physical Recall and continued his career as a choreographer. Jamie has since choreographed for both Physical Recall and other European companies such as Compania Instavel from Portugal, Panta Rei Danseteater and Dybwik Dans in Norway and for Candoco.