Andrew Davies was first elected as a Cabinet Minister for the National Assembly of Wales in 1999. Representing the constituency of Swansea West, he was one of the Assembly’s most high profile and longest serving politicians.
His interest in dance came after a ‘Damascus moment’ during a performance by London Contemporary Dance at the Grand Theatre in Swansea in 1986. He had a ‘flick of the light switch’ moment when he saw the combination of movement, music and colour.
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 Ann Sholem and the Company to help take them to the next stage.“ Artistically he believes National Dance Company Wales has already come on “in leaps and bounds and there is now a widely recognised growth in the quality of the Company’s performance.”
Andrew believes that as a national company there is a duty to show leadership within the dance sector in Wales.
Board of directors
Christopher Inson qualified as a solicitor in 1999. He worked for international law firm CMS Cameron Mckenna before returning to Cardiff in 2006 when he accepted a partner role at Capital Law LLP.
Chris specialises in corporate law and Governance, in particular, advising businesses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and commercial contracts.
Julie's area of expertise is dance education. She 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.
Julie set up County Youth Dance Company in Swansea in 2004 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.