Jake Ulrich (Chair)
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)
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 Amedume is Artistic Director of Upswing, an award-winning contemporary circus company based in London. Upswing uses circus to tell new stories in extraordinary ways, amplifying and celebrating the skills, creative talents and stories of ethnically diverse artists and communities. Outside of her work at Upswing, Vicki has been an Associate Director of Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and is currently an Associate Director at the New Vic Theatre. Vicki is a 2016/17 Clore Fellow, 2019/20 Fellow of the British Council Intersect programme and Chair of the Baring Foundation Arts Committee.
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 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
Eva de Blocq van Kuffeler has worked as a senior fundraiser for key arts organisations in The Netherlands and London for 25 years including Sadler’s Wells, the Royal Opera House, Serpentine Gallery and Courtauld Gallery. Eva joined the Board of Dance Umbrella in 2011 and sits on the Board of Strongback Productions.
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.
Freelance Arts Producer at TBH Productions commissioning and producing arts and science events and shows. Programme Director for Kite Festival at Tortoise Media. Responsible for developing the creative vision for the Ideas Programme at Kite, a new festival of Ideas and Music, giving equal parity and platform to world class public figures, authors, politicians, artists and musicians. Previously Creative Director at Latitude Festival.
Alex has more than 20 years’ experience of leading within the field of communication and digital innovation, working across multiple sectors (arts/non-for-profit/corporate) and multiple geographies. She is an experienced business & organisational change coach, working with teams, leaders, C-suite and Boards to support on sustainable transformation. She is co-founder of the creative lab Truth & Spectacle and co-founder of Consequential, the responsible innovation consultancy. Alex joined Dance Umbrella as a trustee in September 2020.
Matt is currently Producer for Trafalgar Entertainment. During his time at TE, Matt has produced six West End shows ranging from The King and I at the London Palladium to Misty and Nine Night at Trafalgar Studios. Prior to working at TE, Matt was a specialist theatre and film lawyer at Harbottle & Lewis, one of London’s leading media and entertainment law firms, advising clients such as the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Secret Cinema, Monty Python, DreamWorks, Universal Pictures and Disney on a range of commercial, legal and business matters.
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 is a marketing, digital and business consultant with a passion for the Arts and a strong belief in the transformative power of dance. She leverages extensive expertise gained over the last two decades – including 10+ years at National Geographic, spanning campaigns in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific – to collaborate 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.