English / Cymraeg

Jane_McCloskey.jpg Chairman 

Jane McCloskey 

Jane was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Creative Industries in summer 2016.

A veteran broadcaster, Jane brings with her a wealth of experience from the creative industries.  Over the past 20 years she has held a sequence of board level leadership roles at ITV and the BBC, and has worked extensively with the independent creative sector.

She has brokered multi-million-pound alliances and public value partnerships between the UK's leading arts, educational and cultural bodies through her work at the BBC and with government departments. Alongside this Jane has held a number of non-executive roles as a trustee of leading youth, community, environmental and arts charities.




The Board

  • Assis Carreiro MBE 

    A key figure in the international dance world, Assis has recently been Artistic Director of Royal Ballet Flanders from 2012-2014 and currently works as a freelance Artistic Producer and Programmer. Assis was Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Suffolk-based DanceEast from 2000 to 2012. Her legacy there has been conceiving, championing and fund-raising for the £9 million Jerwood DanceHouse, the cultural cornerstone of the largest urban regeneration project in the East of England on the Ipswich waterfront.

    In 2014 Assis was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for her services to dance.

  • Helen Protheroe

    Helen joined LAMDA as Director of Development in May 2013 and is responsible for developing and implementing LAMDA’s fundraising strategy to deliver the Act Now! capital campaign (£28.2m) and to maximise revenue from fundraising activities.

    Helen has over 12 years’ experience as a fundraising and development professional, working with a variety of arts, charitable and educational organisations. Helen was a trustee of NoFit State Circus since 2007- 2014 and provides advice and coaching to a number of small and medium sized arts organisations on establishing and developing their fundraising function.

  • Tessa Shellens

    Tessa is a Solicitor, who prior to retirement, specialised in public law, compliance, governance, risk and regulatory issues acting for a large number of public and third sector bodies. She has experience as a Board Member of a number of charities and is significantly involved in helping with the running of Cowbridge Music Festival.

  • Gary Thomas

    Gary works as a curator and creative producer. He is co-founder and associate director of Animate Projects, an internationally renowned agency championing experimental animation. He also works in the film team at the British Council, leading on animation and digital work, and overseeing film activities in East Asia and China.

  • Emma Evans

    Emma is a Producer, Consultant and Project Manager with over
    ten years experience of working
    at a senior level in the arts and cultural sector.  She spent her early career working with
    National Dance Company Wales as Deputy Director before becoming a fellow on the Clore Leadership programme in 2008. Since then she has worked with organisations as diverse as The Greater London Authority, Sustrans, the Arts Council of Wales and the Eden Project.

  • Gareth Powell

    As Chief Operating Officer, BBC Cymru Wales, Gareth oversees financial, legal, technology, production resources and property matters including the establishment of the BBC’s drama studios at Roath Lock. Gareth is a Chartered Accountant and has previously worked at Coopers & Lybrand and at HTV.

    Voluntary work includes stints on the CBI Wales Council, Chapter Arts Centre Board of Trustees and he coaches Llandaff U13 rugby team.

  • Julie Hobday

    Julie has been teaching in the further education sector for nearly 20 years. She is a Senior Examiner in AS and A Level Dance - particularly dealing with the areas of choreography and technique.

    In 2004 Julie set up County Youth Dance Company in Swansea in partnership with Taliesin Arts Centre, Gower College Swansea and West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Company. The Company promotes contemporary dance training for students aged 14 to 21. A Graduate Company, for students who are training at higher education, was set up in 2006 to bring talent back to Wales on an annual basis.