DanceWest Board of Trustees

Anya Todd - Chair


Anya holds an MA from Oxford University in Languages and an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS (The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London). Anya started her career in the Corporate Responsibility Team at KPMG, with responsibilities including the UK donations, skilled volunteering and social inclusion programmes as well as management of KPMG's multi-award winning global pro bono programme. Anya then managed the Community programme for Sainsbury's, with responsibility for the growth of Sainsbury's food donation programme and an increase in customer engagement in the Local Charity scheme. Anya also has experience in the charity sector, having held positions such as Head of Quality and Expansion and subsequently Head of International Volunteering at Restless Development, a youth-led international development charity focused on putting young people at the forefront of change and development in their own countries. Anya has since returned to KPMG as Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager, and oversees KPMG’s work in the areas of volunteering, pro bono, place-based regional CR work, Board-level volunteering, KPMG’s national charity partnership with the NSPCC and reporting. Anya is passionate about the responsible business agenda, community engagement, youth leadership and empowerment and social inclusion.

Maria Polydrou - Treasurer


Maria is an Assistant Manager Audit Corporates at KPMG a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Originally from Cypurs Maria spent two years with Macintyre Hudson in the Not-for-profit (N4P) department with the opportunity to collaborate with large scale charities, N4P organisations as well as schools and Academies supporting with bookkeeping, accounts preparation, independent examination and audit services. Juggling between work and life Maria says ‘dance has played a pivotal role in developing my self-confidence and physical and mental health throughout my teenage years I am delighted to be the treasurer of a charity that promotes inclusivity and access for everyone in the community to participate in dance’.

Christine Billings - Trustee

Christine has a long-term career in fundraising, at first working in the outdoor recreation, science and environmental sector in the US and, after moving to the UK, in organisations addressing youth unemployment, social exclusion and adoption support. Christine worked for Rambert Dance Company during their major campaign to relocate to the Southbank and then for Siobhan Davies Dance. Christine’s first degree is in music and for many years she was a keen choral singer and founded and ran a small children’s choir. She holds an MSc in Voluntary Sector Organisation from the London School of Economics and continues to be informally engaged in issues that challenge the wider sector. She is active in her local community by fundraising for and helping to curate and produce a local festival, theatrical productions and other events.

Susan Whiddington - Trustee

Susan is the founding director of Mousetrap Theatre Projects, a theatre education charity dedicated to creating opportunities for disadvantaged young people and young people with special needs to attend outstanding theatre across London. Prior to this appointment, Susan was the Development Officer for the Society of London Theatre and Project Director for the Association of British Orchestras. Susan is a Governor of Harrow School and Chairman of John Lyon’s Charity. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member for Facing History and Ourselves, a Trustee of Action for Children’s Arts and is a member of the International Women’s Forum. Susan is a past Chairman of Democrats Abroad UK.


The following organisational policies are available on request via

  • Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

  • Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Policy

  • Anti-Bullying

  • Complaints Policy

  • Data Protection

  • Health and Safety

  • Volunteering Policy

Child Protection and Safeguarding

DanceWest believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and keep them safe. We are committed to work in a way that protects them.

We understand the term Safeguarding to mean that we will take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risk of harm to children’s welfare is minimised. We also understand that where we have any concerns about a child’s welfare we will take all appropriate action to address those concerns by working in full partnership with other agencies.

All children deserve the opportunity to achieve their full potential in a context which promotes their safety and welfare. For those DanceWest staff who engage with children and young people who experience discrimination in their daily lives or who are from cultures different to those of the professionals, assumption and stereotyping must not be part of our practice and every effort must be made to ensure that cultural issues are understood and that each individual case is dealt with on its own merits.

All persons who will have any contact with children and young people will have the required level of vetting checks including DBS check prior to working for DanceWest. Delivery of safeguarding responsibilities will also be included as part of ongoing performance management processes for staff.

This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of DanceWest. Our procedures will be followed by all adults, including volunteers, working with us or on our behalf.  

Diversity and Equality

DanceWest is committed to promoting equality and diversity across all our activities and among our staff, board members, volunteers and participants, and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our activities and workforce to be truly inclusive and representative of all sections of society and our participants, and for each staff, board member and volunteer to feel respected and able to give their best.

Our definition of equality and diversity recognises that all individuals are different and should be treated fairly and equally in accordance with their needs. DanceWest equality and diversity policy looks particularly at race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, faith, poverty and age and aims to ensure that no person is discriminated against or disadvantaged for their circumstances, identity and beliefs. At DanceWest, we are celebrating diversity positively, with all the artistic and creative opportunities it offers.