Jeanette Siddall CBE

Chair, Board of Trustees

Jeanette became Chair in 2015, having previously worked with the Company on various reports and funding applications.  Her wealth of experience in dance leadership roles includes as Director of Dance for Arts Council England and Director of Dance UK. Her consultancy work has also included Executive Consultant for Dance Consortium the network of large scale theatres that tours international contemporary dance; assessor for Clore Leadership, Arts Council England, the Scottish Government, and The Australian Ballet; Interim Director for DanceEast and co-facilitator for several Rural Retreats and the European DanceHouse Network atelier on leadership. 

In 2013, Jeanette was awarded the Jane Attenborough Dance UK Industry Award, and a CBE for services to dance in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.  In 2016 she moved to Ipswich to do more dancing, including joining DanceEast’s Encore East performance company for over 55s and taking part in New Adventures workshops in Norwich.  Other New Adventures highlights include seeing Lord of the Flies at the Arts Centre Melbourne, the dress rehearsal of The Red Shoes in Plymouth and the performance of A Museum Adventure underneath a Concorde at Imperial War Museum Duxford.