Andrew Davies – NDCWales Chair
Andrew Davies, was one of the Assembly’s most high profile and longest-serving politicians, acting as a Cabinet Minister for a full decade.
Andrew Davies first became interested in dance in 1986. ‘I had a “flick of a light switch” moment when I saw this combination of movement, music and colour. From then on I had the dance bug.’
Andrew was appointed Chair of National Dance Company Wales in 2010. ‘The Board is the Company’s ‘critical friend’ he says. ‘As Chair, my role is to support the Company, and help take it to the next stage.’
Board of directors
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 2000–2012. 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 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 No Fit 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 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 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 is a Producer, Consultant and Project Manager with over
10 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.
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 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 14-21. 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.