We were delighted to announce that Brenda Emmanus OBE is now the new Chair of our Board of Trustees. She is an Arts, Culture and Entertainment Correspondent and has enjoyed a long career in national television and radio. Brenda joined the Board of Trustees in 2017 and has taken over from Jeanette Siddall CBE as Chair this summer. You can get to know Brenda more intimately in our podcast, Bourne To Dance, as she chats about her relationship with dance and journey with New Adventures in episode 3.
Our existing board members Brenda Emmanus OBE, Jeanette Siddall CBE, Arielle Smith, Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp CBE, and Peter Williams are joined by Emily Bolton, Jacquie Brunjes, Huw Morris, Juliet Riddell, and Jessica Ward. Each of our trustees brings unique expertise and experience to our leadership/governance and we are thrilled to be working with all of them. Alongside celebrating our new trustees Principal Dancer Glenn Graham joins in a new leadership development role.
As we announce Brenda Emmanus as the new Chair of our Board of Trustees, we would like to take a moment to thank and celebrate Jeanette Siddall CBE who is stepping down from the post after 6 years, but will remain on the Board of Trustees until 2022. Jeanette joined the board as Chair in 2015, and some of the many milestones reached during her governance include New Adventures becoming one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations, developing our Take Part work across the country and internationally and much much more. See how many moments you can recognise in the design above.
We are thrilled to announce that Principal Dancer Glenn Graham will be joining New Adventures as an Associate Artist for the next 12 months. Before and during the pandemic we have been supporting our company members with programmes such Jump Start and Spring Forward, enabling freelance dancers and company members to embark on training, qualifications and developing career opportunities. Thanks to the support of a number of generous individuals, we have been able to extend these programmes to create the new role of Associate Artist, a role created to develop emerging leaders in dance, especially focusing on increasing representation at leadership level. Over the next 12 months Glenn will be working on key projects, observing board meetings, shadowing our leadership team and will be supported in key areas of leadership development.