We might be a small team but we make a big impact. Bringing skills from a variety of industries and backgrounds, the Staff and Board at Candoco is a devoted group of individuals committed to making excellent productions and learning experiences. The team is dedicated to exceeding the expectations of our audiences and participants and providing a safe and comfortable environment in which our dancers and artists can work.
Staff & Board
Candoco is the sum of many parts. The individuals that make up our Staff and Board are essential to ensure the smooth running of the company.
Charlotte Darbyshire is an independent artist with over 25 years’ experience of working in contemporary dance and specifically in somatic and inclusive practices as a performer, maker, teacher and director of two award-winning films.
Associate Artistic Director
Dan began working as a performer with Restless Dance Theatre in 2002, and since then Dan has gone on to work with Australian Dance Theatre, Candoco Dance Company, FRONTLINEdance, Scottish Dance Theatre, balletLORENT and Skånes Dansteater.
Joanne joined Candoco in 2008. While her responsibilities are ever-evolving with the changing needs of the company over the years, her role remains as it always has been: to help ensure the company as a whole is functioning effectively and happily.
Head of Finance
Liz has a background in dance and has worked in a variety of roles and companies. For Candoco, she manages all aspects of the company’s financial responsibilities and, together with the Executive team, ensures the financial sustainability of the company.
Research & Rehearsal Director
Susanna has worked with Candoco since 2010: as a dancer between 2012 and 2014 (performing works by Marc Brew, Trisha Brown, Claire Cunningham, Emanuel Gat, Thomas Hauert, Wendy Houston, Rachid Ouramdane), as a teacher, and in her current role since 2017.
Toke Broni Strandby
Toke is a Danish dance artist, based in London.
Ellie joined Candoco in 2016 and as Senior Producer she plays a key role in developing and delivering Candoco’s programme of work. Ellie previously held producing roles at Studio Wayne McGregor and the British Council’s Theatre and Dance Department.
Georgia joined Candoco in 2018 and as Producer develops Candoco’s programme of work for the main company and the smaller works programme, including touring activity. Georgia previously worked in the Sadler’s Wells Producing and Touring team.
Creative Learning Producer
Tim joined Candoco in 2020 and is a dance artist, choreographer and producer. He has worked in education and engagement for many years and is the person to contact for enquiries on training, workshops, and professional development opportunities.
Director of Youth Dance Programme
Kimberley Harvey is a performer, choreographer and teacher. She has been a Candoco Artist since 2010 which has involved working as a teacher and a dancer, such as performing at the London 2012 Paralympic Closing Ceremony. Kimberley's relationship with Candoco began in 2000 as a founding member of the youth company, formerly known as Cando2.
Charlotte is currently studying B.A. (Hons) Dance at the University of Surrey- Guildford School of Acting. She is currently on her placement year with the company until Summer 2021.
Nelson Abbey joined the Board of Trustees in 2018. He is a media executive and writer based in London.
Cressida joined the Board of Candoco in 2015. She is Managing Director of Artangel, which commissions extraordinary art in unexpected places.
Henrietta joined the Candoco board in 2019. She is also a trustee of the John Laing Pension Fund and a director of Raven Housing Trust. She is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser.
Chair (from March 2021)
Stephen Lightbown is a senior leader with significant experience in director level communications roles in the NHS. Most recently Director of Communications at North Bristol NHS Trust, Stephen has spent almost twenty years supporting and advising senior figures in highly complex and pressurised environments. With a focus on stakeholder engagement and listening to the needs of service users and partners Stephen has also led a number of change programmes led by the voice and needs of the service user. Stephen is a paraplegic wheelchair user, former Trustee of the Back Up Trust and a published poet. His first poetry collection was published in 2019 and a second will follow in June 2021.
Shivanti Lowton is an academic at the University of East London and has held various leadership roles in dance education. She is an enthusiastic supporter of community dance and is dedicated to the Widening Participation Agenda for Arts Education in the UK.
Kez is the Commissioning Editor for 7-12s non-scripted content in the BBC’s Children’s department. She has been committed to working with children and young people through the Arts for over 30 years. She is responsible for some of the BBC’s most successful factual brands for young people including the multi award-winning My Life documentary series and the BAFTA-winning Operation Ouch!
Chair (until March 2021)
Fern joined Candoco’s Board in 2016 and became Chair in 2018. Fern’s expertise is in the area of fundraising and development, having raised millions for various arts organisations, primarily dance over more than 20 years. She was most recently Director of Development for Birmingham Royal Ballet, and continues her passion to share her expertise with others through her freelance training and development work.
Charlotte was appointed as a trustee of Candoco in 2018. She has a legal background, and is currently a professor in the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University. Her work as trustee includes helping the executive office holders think through the approach of Candoco to intellectual property in its relations with third parties.