Jake Ulrich (Chair)

Joined 2020

Jake has been active in the not-for-profit sector working with the International Rescue Committee-UK as a Board member and on the Advisory Board of Beanstalk reading support charity. He is also a consistent supporter of the arts, in particular, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Russell Maliphant Dance, The Gate and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. With a background in engineering and finance he is currently involved in a number of energy transition companies including solar, waste-to-energy, and gas.

Peter Barker (Treasurer)

Joined 1997

Peter Barker is currently Director of Corporate Services and Operations at the Phone-paid Services Authority. He is a qualified management accountant, and has worked extensively in both the charity and corporate sectors – including senior marketing positions at Prudential and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Peter also serves on the Board of Siobhan Davies Dance.

Vicki Dela Amedume

Joined 2018

Vicki founded Upswing, a leading contemporary circus company, in 2006 after years performing and devising Circus in the UK, France and the US. She is Chair of the Baring Foundation Arts Committee, an Associate Director at the New Vic and an Associate Director at The Albany, Deptford supporting the development of the Albany’s 2022 London Borough of Culture programme. As a freelancer, Vicki has provided circus and aerial direction to a range of companies including the RSC, the National Theatre of Scotland, New Vic Theatre, the Royal Exchange and Kenny Wax Productions as part of the creative team for the Olivier Award winning The Worst Witch.

Rhiannon Bail

Joined 2020

Rhiannon is an employment lawyer at Mishcon de Reya LLP, advising clients in a range of sectors on all aspects of UK contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, including contracts of employment and policies, senior executive hires and exits, settlements and redundancies, and unfair, wrongful and/or constructive dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and breach of contract claims. She also has a background in dance from a young age, and is particularly passionate about opening opportunities for young people in dance and the arts.

Clare Connor

Joined 2017

Clare Connor has been Chief Executive of The Place since 2017 and has taken the organisation through its ambitious 50th Anniversary creating a new transformative vision for the future. In 2018, she was named ‘one of the most influential people in dance in London’ in the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000. Clare’s leadership career in the performing arts and education sectors spans over 20 years. She is a champion of young people and is committed to leadership and mentoring in dance and the arts.

Eva de Blocq van Kuffeler

Joined 2011

Eva has worked as a senior-level fundraiser and development consultant for key arts organisations in both The Netherlands and the UK for the past 25 years. These include leading lights in the London portfolio – Sadler’s Wells, the Royal Opera House, the Serpentine Gallery and The Courtauld Gallery. Eva’s personal passion for and commitment to the arts across the board, and most importantly the people at the heart of each art form, not only drives her professional record but is also reflected in her active engagement as a trustee on the Boards of both Dance Umbrella and Strongback Productions.

Zulum Elumogo

Joined 2020

Zulum is the former General Secretary (President) and Chairman of the London School of Economics Students’ Union (2018-2020); the first black man to hold the position in the LSE’s 125-year history. A passionate advocate for excellence in education, arts, and creativity, Zulum was recently appointed a board member of the Barbican Centre, Europe’s largest multi-arts venue, becoming their youngest ever trustee at 24 years old. In addition, he is a trustee for the Fair Education Alliance, a coalition of educators and organisations working to end educational inequality in the UK.

Tania Harrison

Joined 2015

Tania is a freelance arts producer at TBH Productions, commissioning and producing boundary-pushing events and shows. She has over 20 years experience in producing, curation and business planning for high impact and bespoke events across the arts, including theatre, dance and comedy, and the sciences. Her current work focuses on creating events that break new frontiers and expand artist and business potential across a spectrum of spaces from forests to the West End for optimum public engagement. She was previously Head of Arts at Festival Republic programming Latitude Festival for 14 years from its inception; programmer at Reading & Leeds Festivals; and programme producer for Tortoise Media. Tania is also a trustee of Shoreditch Town Hall.

Alex Mecklenburg

Joined 2020

Alex is a highly accomplished Organisational & Business Coach, bringing with her 20+ years of experience in the Creative Industries. She works at the intersection of innovation, technology and culture and guides on organisational evolution planning and sustainable transformation. Alex operates across the arts, the charity and the not-for-profit sectors and supports organisations like CircusTalk, BAC and Watershed in creating innovation pathways in line with their missions and values. She is the co-founder of the creative lab Truth & Spectacle who promote inclusive creativity as a force for change and a co-founder of Consequential, a social innovation practise who believe in disruption for the common good. Alex is a long-standing fellow of the RSA.

Jacqueline Rose

Joined 2019

Jacqueline Rose joined the Mayor of London’s Culture Team in 2005 and is responsible for strategy and major programmes. Jacqueline has provided strategic leadership, policy development, artists commissions, and delivered large scale cultural events across the capital and internationally on behalf of the Greater London Authority. Jacqueline’s notable achievement in dance was as Director of Big Dance, the world’s largest dance festival from 2006 to 2016 and a keynote culture programme for London 2012. Jacqueline was seconded to the BBC in 2015 to set up Get Creative – a new public engagement programme. Previously, she was a senior dance policy maker at Arts Council England.

Manohari Saravanamuttu

Joined 2015

Manohari is a marketing, digital & business consultant and the head of communications & marketing for the Association for Art History. She has a passion for the Arts and a strong belief in the transformative power of dance. Leveraging extensive experience gained over the past 20 years – including as a marketing & sales director at National Geographic in London & New York – she collaborates with organisations, from start-ups to corporates, in navigating highly competitive marketplaces. Manohari is also a trustee and non-executive director of the BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art, and was formerly a trustee of Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books.

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