Meet the DanceWest Board
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 worked 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, and 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 is currently International Head of Expansion and Quality 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 is passionate about youth leadership and empowerment, social inclusion and community engagement and is excited to be taking on the role of Chair of Trustees for DanceWest.
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.
Christine Billings, Trustee & Treasurer
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.
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