All of Dance Blast’s Trustees are a tremendous asset to the organisation and their experience and expertise in arts management, business, financial management, personnel and legal issues ensures effective governance of the organisation. The Board of Trustees are all volunteers.
Carol Brown: Chair.
Carol was for over 30 years director of TAN Dance, the community dance organisation for Port Talbort, Neath and Swansea. Carol has over forty years experience working in the dance sector in Wales and has a wide range of expertise including, arts management, pedagogy, strategic planning, finance and ACW strategies and policies.
Sue Weston: Trustee
Formerly a dancer, choreographer, movement teacher and Artistic Director of the Scottish Ballet Workshop, Sue has worked nationally and internationally in film, TV and theatre Sue was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2006 for her work over several years in Sri Lanka supporting humanitarian causes. Sue is the initiator of Relaxing The Mind activities providing Tai-Chi, Qigong and mindfulness courses, classes, workshops and retreats in Pontypool, Monmouth and Holy Isle, Scotland. Expertise include arts management, dance, health & wellbeing issues.
Sue Caswell: Trustee.
Sue recently retired from working at Monmouthshire County Council in a senior Human Resources role and has over 30 years HR experience including recruitment, legal rights and responsibilities of an organisation, staff appraisals and disciplinary procedures. Sue’s daughter attended the first Dance Blast project in 1998.
Michele Down: Trustee
Michèle has been an Executive Coach for over twenty five years, providing leadership & team coaching and facilitation in the UK and globally. She supports executives through meaningful and positive change & facilitates large organisational change programmes.
Originally trained as a dance and English teacher, she has an entrepreneurial background, starting her first business aged 21 and subsequently training as a psychotherapist, a practise which greatly informs her current role. She works with a diverse range of organisations in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. In her spare time, she dances, bakes, reads and spends as much time as possible with her family and friends.
David Whiting: Trustee
David’s background is in business management, strategy and marketing. He worked for a number of companies, such as Boots and Nestlé, before becoming Marketing Director at Duracell. He subsequently moved into consulting for – amongst others, Saatchi & Saatchi – and teaching and training, including an MBA programme in South East Asia; for many years he ran his own consultancy. For 9 years, David was a trustee and director of a progressive boarding school.
Rosie Mellors: Trustee
For almost a decade, Rosie has been designing and project managing interventions designed to increase belonging amongst groups historically excluded from educational spaces. Through this work, she has developed a passion for people, and believes building community and supportive culture is the key to making positive change. Rosie grew up doing ballet on the weekends, and thus has developed a love of moving her body to connect with it. She was a fitness instructor at a chain of boutique gyms in London for two years, and now enjoys yoga, pilates, CrossFit and hiking in her spare time.