Staff & trustees
Jennifer Curry - Executive Director
Jennifer joined Dancers' Career Development in 2010, becoming Executive Director in 2014. Her vision is to drive the Transition Centre forward as a world-leader in dancer transition, delivering high quality transition support for all professional dancers in the UK.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Surrey with a BA in Dance and Culture with Professional Training. She then obtained an MA in Cultural Policy and Management from City University, London. Jennifer has extensive experience working in the arts, at organisations such as The Place, The Fleming Collection, The Royal Society of Literature and most recently at the New York City Center in New York. Jennifer completed the Clore Leadership Programme Emerging Leaders Course in March 2014.
At Dancers' Career Development Jennifer has developed a bold programme of Transition Support Services and has established pioneering new partnerships with organisations such as The Royal Ballet School and Independent Dance. Throughout her tenure at DCD Jennifer has been invited to contribute her expertise on the subject of career transition for dancers at a number of international conferences. She is an Executive member of the International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers (IOTPD).
Ellen Chambers - Dancer Support and Services Officer
Since graduating from the University of Lincoln with a BA(Hons) in Drama in 2008, Ellen has contributed to the success of leading theatre-in-education organisation Freshwater Theatre Company as Marketing and Development Officer, before becoming Education and Partnerships Manager at Squeaky Gate, a charity providing Further Education arts courses to vulnerable adults.
Ellen joined DCD in October 2013 as Grants and Careers Officer, combining her passion for dance with a wealth of project management experience and her desire to help others to achieve their potential. Ellen provides one to one support to dancers as well as leading on DCD's flagship projects such as EVOLVE and the Transition Coaching Programme, and regularly delivers workshops and talks on the Schools and Conservatoires Programme.
Ellen is an accredited Relational Dynamics 1st coach, passing the course with Distinction.
A life-long amateur dancer, Ellen has participated in projects with East London Dance, Big Dance with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, and currently trains in Jazz Dance at Morley College.
Nancy Liiv - Services, Projects & Administration Officer
Nancy joined Dancers' Career Development in August 2013. Before joining DCD, Nancy worked at Citizens' Advice Bureau in Estonia where she discovered her passion for helping and supporting people.
Nancy manages the DCD Transition Centre and supports the Dancer Support and Services Officer to deliver DCD bold programme of transition support services, including managing Dancers Mentoring Programme in Partnership with One Dance UK.
In February 2016 Nancy was awarded a PG Certificate in Career Management with Distinction. From October 2016 Nancy will be working towards an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from Birkbeck, University of London.
She enjoys dancing activities and is a big fan of Ballet - both - contemporary and classical Ballet.
Hanna Madalska-Gayer - Communications Officer
Hanna is a communications professional with a passion for dance and career spanning over 12 years in UK and international public relations and campaign management.
She has devised award winning communications programmes for global organisations and brands across and was recognised by PR Week as one of the UK industry's top '29 under 29' PR practitioners in 2008.
Hanna formerly trained as a dancer, served as a Trustee on the board of Akademi South Asian Dance and is involved with One Dance UK.
Philip Philipose - Book-keeper
Philip joined the charity in 1996 and comes with extensive experience in retail, hotels, construction, transport, marketing and especially in the charities accounting fields.
Rebecca Delgado - Services, Projects and Administration Assistant
Rebecca is an accredited RD1st coach and is currently undertaking a Psychology degree at Birkbeck, University of London. Originally from Stockholm, she trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and left her dance career due to an injury. She is passionate about career transition and personal development for individuals both within and outside of the arts sector.
Before joining the DCD, Rebecca was active as an entrepreneur and part of setting up and running an e-commerce business. She also has a background in digital marketing and content creation, and holds a diploma in acting from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York.
Isabel Mortimer - Director of Coaching and EVOLVE Workshop Facilitator
Isabel is a Personal and Executive coach CPCC, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, and an Organisational Relationship and Systems Coach (both endorsed by the International Coaching Federation, ICF). Isabel specialises in Leadership development, cultural change, and enabling positive team dynamics.
Isabel is an established leader, having been Resident Director for Matthew Bourne's New Adventures Dance Company. During her successful 22 year career as a professional dancer and choreographer she worked with some of Europe's most innovative directors; performing principal roles in London's West End and taking centre stage on Broadway. Throughout her time as Resident Director she coached and mentored people from all walks of life, as well as performing artists.
Performing made her aware of the power of choice in every moment. She learnt to be highly tuned to herself, and other people. She has amazing skills of understanding and intuition, and is able to get to the heart of a situation fast.
In 2007 Isabel joined Connectwell, a people and organisational development company. She led cultural change and team development work in organisations such as the BBC, AstraZeneca, Action for Children, Royal Borough of Kingston, British Airways, British Gas, Greenpeace, The Royal Commonwealth Society, International Passport Services, Royal Mail and Strategic North. www.connectwell.co.uk
In 2010 Isabel became a visiting lecturer at Birkbeck University specialising in personal development planning.
In 2011 Isabel became an approved coach for the 21st Century Legacy 'Be The Best You Can Be' programme for primary and secondary schools. A programme to discover student's unique potential and empower them to pursue and fulfil their dreams. www.21stcenturylegacy.com
Isabel is a graduate of the prestigious Clore Fellowship Programme. This is a highly regarded leadership programme, for recognised leaders who specialise in the arts.
Isabel has endless energy for people realising their unique potential, and pursuing the powerful impact they create in the world, when they unleash that focus, flow and drive.
Jo Wright – DCD Coach
Jo Wright is a passionate Facilitator and Coach who delights in getting the best out of people and step-changing performance.
Jo brings 15 years professional experience. She is a Licensed Practitioner of Insights Discovery® and a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, tools which, combined with her deep intuitive understanding of people and cultures, give her a unique insight into how to get the best out of people in both their personal and professional lives.
She joins DCD Director of Coaching Isabel Mortimer as we expand our coaching programme to be accessible locally across the UK.
Simone Muller-Lotz - Development Assistant
Simone is a DCD supported dancer and currently volunteering with DCD, supporting the team across a number of projects.
Simone holds an Honours degree in Psychology and is a qualified Pilates teacher. Originally from South Africa, Simone trained in the UK at The Royal Ballet School and Central School of Ballet. She was a professional dancer for 14 years both in the UK and South Africa. Initially a Classical dancer she worked with Northern Ballet Theatre and Cape Town City Ballet and then moved into Contemporary Dance, working with the Cape Dance Company in South Africa and as an Independent artist in the UK with several choreographers including Shobana Jeyasingh, Hubert Essakow, Mbulelo Ndabeni and Martin Joyce. She has performed in Faust with the Royal Opera and projects with New Movement Collective in London and Barcelona. Simone performed in “Inala” featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo and choreographed by Mark Baldwin at the Edinburgh Festival and Sadler’s Wells.
In 2015 she initiated and organised a project that funded 2 South African dancers to study at Central School of Ballet.
After navigating transition herself, Simone understands first hand the challenges involved. She loves thinking of ways to empower dancers to explore new territories when they have finished their performing career.
Meet our Board and Committee Members here
- Dame Ninette de Valois OM, CH, DBE - Founder Patron
- Dame Beryl Grey
- Leslie Caron
- Sir Peter Wright CBE
- Peter Williams OBE