Meet our Board and Commitee members

Zoë van Zwanenberg MA BA MHSM MCIPD FRSA

Zoë is an independent consultant, researcher and coach working on issues of personal and organisational leadership and change.

In the last 6 years Zoe has been working with a range of organisations and individuals on issues of change and development partly as an independent consultant and partly as an Associate of the Centre for Confidence and Well Being. The organisations she has worked with have included housing associations, Further Education Colleges, arts and cultural organisations and the NHS. In addition she has completed two research projects, one for The Equalities and Human Rights Commission on leadership and equalities and the other for Churches Together in Britain and Ireland which focused on areas of deprivation and the work of faith groups, asking the question "what is a good society here?."

Zoë's career has been mainly focused in the public services including roles as a Chief Executive, General Manager, HR Director and Organisational Change advisor. She has worked in organisations as diverse as the Railways (through the process of privatisation) the Police, the NHS and the Environment Agency. Throughout all of these roles she has been concerned with leadership, change and the development of individuals and teams. For 8 years Zoe led the Scottish Leadership Foundation, developing new approaches to leadership development and change across the public and third sectors.

Zoë maintains an active involvement with the Arts, stemming from her original training at the Arts Educational Trust. Zoe was Chair of Scottish Ballet for 9 years, leading the organisation through its renaissance as a major dance company and she is currently Chair of Scottish Youth Dance who successfully created and ran the first Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in 2014. Zoe is also Chair of Hearts and Minds a multi-arts organisation working in health and care, and a Non-Executive Director of the Scottish Prison Service and the Lamp of Lothian.

Charles Glanville
Vice Chair and Company Representative for Birmingham Royal Ballet

Charles is Managing Director of Oberon Books, one of the leading arts publishers in Britain, publishing various titles on dance including The Royal Ballet Yearbook, the 20th Anniversary book for Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Ballet Boyz and various Royal Opera House Heritage series books.

Charles is on the boards of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Yorkshire Ballet Summer School and On Theatre.

Fred Emden
Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Currently Executive Director of Resources for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Previously based in Scotland, with business focussed roles in the cultural sector, including Deputy Chief Executive of Scottish Ballet and the General Manager of Glasgow's Tron Theatre. In addition to DCD, serves as a trustee of a multi employer pension scheme.

Hilary Hadley
Equity Representative

Currently Head of Equity's Live Performance Department, a Department responsible for safeguarding the interests of dancers employed in all areas of live performance in the commercial and subsidised sectors of the industry, both in the workplace and with external agencies.

Ken Marchant
Chair of the Grants Committee

Currently Group Programme Director for Maxima and having enjoyed a lifelong career within the IT business, Ken Marchant has been a passionate follower of Ballet since his first experience of it in Covent Garden at the age of fifteen. Ken joined the Trustees of DCD during his 8+ year period of service on the Board of Scottish Ballet and, after stepping down from that position was pleased to accept DCD's invitation to join the Trustees as an Independent. Active on DCD's Board and Grants Committee; Ken is always willing to help applicants with their business submissions; an opportunity to pay something back to an art form that has given him so much pleasure.

Paul Mitchell
Company Representative for Rambert

Company representative for the Rambert Dance Company. Consultant toTaylor Wessing LLP, Solicitors. Trustee of Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund. Chairman of Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. Director of PRS for Music Limited. A practising solicitor.

Rob Alexander

Currently UK Chief Financial Officer for a Magic Circle law firm. Rob has fourteen years PQE as a Chartered Accountant and has spent over eight years in practice with Big Four accounting firms and ten years working in industry. During his career Rob has developed a wealth of business understanding, serving a range of clients including FTSE 100 PLCs, private companies, partnerships and not-for-profit organisations, as well as working in senior finance roles in the legal and luxury goods sectors.

Grants Committee

Ken Marchant - Chair

Janet (Mop) Eager, MBE
Board Member since 1997
Company Representative for the Richard Alston Dance Company.

Administrator, Contemporary Ballet Trust (Dance Studio| Group), 1966-68; A Founder of The Place in 1969. Executive Director, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, 1969-1994, and Richard Alston Dance Company 1994-1997. Currently a Trustee of the Robin Howard Foundation; a Governor of The Contemporary Dance Trust, The Place (London Contemporary Dance School, Robin Howard Dance Theatre & Richard Alston Dance Company). A practicing complementary health practitioner.

Jan Francis

Cherry Gillespie

Marguerite Porter MBE
Board Member since 2007
Company Representative for The Royal Ballet

Marguerite Porter trained in Yorkshire and later at the Royal Ballet School in London where in her graduate year she was taught by Dame Ninette De Valois. After 2 years she joined the Royal Ballet Company where she remained for the next 20 years, becoming a Guest Artist for a further 3 years. She became a Senior Principal Ballerina in 1978 and danced all the major roles in the Repertoire.

Marguerite has been fortunate enough to work with some of the greatest names in the last century, these include, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Glen Tetely, Sir Fredrick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Dame Ninette De Valois, Bronislava Nijinska, and finally Rudolf Nureyev with whom she was partnered by in Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Apllo, Raymonda, Dancers at a Gathering and Konservatoriet.

Marguerite is now the Director of the Yorkshire Ballet Seminars where she has taught for many years, she has also taught at the Royal Ballet School, Rambert School and Company, and was a guest teacher for the Hong Kong Ballet. She is a Governor of the Royal Ballet Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet School.

Marguerite was awarded an MBE in the 2015 New Year's Honours List for services to ballet.

Maxine Room CBE M.Ed. B.Ed.(Hons) Cert
Board member since December 2010
Company Representative for Northern Ballet.

Maxine Room is the Principal at Lewisham College, a large urban college based in South East London. With over 14,000 students, Beacon Status and a grade of Ofsted Outstanding; the college is committed to achieving its mission of "Creating Successful Futures".

Prior to joining Lewisham College Maxine Room was Principal and Chief Executive of Park Lane College Leeds, the largest further education college in Leeds. Before joining Park Lane College, Maxine was Principal and Chief Executive of Swansea College, a post she held for four and half years moving the college from good to great, improving both its quality profile and its financial one.

Maxine is a member of the 157 Group, Chair of the London Capital Colleges' Group, the AoC Skills Strategy Group, the Network for Black Professionals and is a mentor for the Black Leaders' initiative. She is also a member of a range of boards and committees linked to education, skills and training in London, Leeds and in other parts of the UK including the Northern Ballet Board, Helena Kennedy Foundation, Women's Leadership Network, a governor of the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and has just recently been appointed as a governor of London Southbank University.