The Explorers!

The Explorers go on a wondrous adventure and the audience is asked to come along too. They find two books which they read and explore, using sensory props and dance which help bring the stories to life! Within an inclusive and open space, this interactive show encourages the audience to move and explore in the performance space, use their imagination, interact with the performers, work as a team and be creative!

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Helen Mulford

After studying Contemporary Dance at University Helen’s career began working as a freelance dance administrator for FRONTLINEdance in 2001.  Providing an introduction to the dance industry and an opportunity to gain knowledge of administratively supporting an integrated dance project, she continued to follow the success of FRONTLINEdance through the years.

Helen’s career developed through a variety of administration and management roles, culminating in her current position as National Account Manager within the wholesale foodservice sector. With strong communication skills and customer service experience, a sound understanding of business development and general management, and proficiencies in sales and financial reporting, Helen is able to bring a unique balance and perspective to the Board.  Always actively involved with local communities Helen has held voluntary positions of committee chair for Brereton Preschool and Playgroup, and committee member for Goostrey Rose Festival, where liaising with volunteers, event co-ordination, and managing projects have been key skills.

Dance has always been an integral part of Helen’s life from being a class member of community groups such as Breakthrou’ and private dance schools, being a member of the Staffordshire Dance Collective, to volunteering as a dancer in community projects such as RECLAIM and PALACE by RESTOKE, and FRONTLINEdance’s IGNITE project and a Game of 2 ‘Arfs.

Helen is delighted to be once again involved and supporting the continued development of FRONTLINEdance as a member of the Board and working with a company that makes a difference.

Marc Crank

I am an experienced Third Sector senior leadership and management professional with a career spanning over twenty-four years. My specific area of interest is in disability and health.

During my career I have served as CEO for five different charities in the fields of disability and education.

I have also served on several board and advisory panels, providing strategic and governance support to charities.

 As a longstanding supporter of FRONTLINEdance and with a keen interest in dance and performing arts in general, volunteering on the board of FRONTLINEdance allows me to combine my professional skills and experience with my personal interests.

Sophie Humphries     

Sophie has been working in participatory arts for 7 years, working with a wide range of ages and backgrounds on several different community projects. She has previously worked for Birmingham Royal Ballet coordinating a large-scale performance project in three UK cities with participants aged 9-99yrs, then with Coventry City of Culture on their major city-wide opening event ‘Coventry Moves’.

Currently, Sophie is the Participation Producer for an ambitious mass-participatory dance and movement project called ‘Critical Mass’ that brings together young disabled and non-disabled people aged 16-30 to perform at major cultural events. This project has ignited a passion for access and inclusion in Sophie that she hopes to develop within her role as a Board Member for FRONTLINEdance.

Amy Harrison

Amy started dancing at the age of two at Jenny Brennan School of Dance, before being awarded a full scholarship to train at Elmhurst Ballet School, in Birmingham, from the age of 12 onwards. Whilst training there she had the opportunity to work alongside guest choreographers including Ruth Brill, Paul James Rooney and Adam Rutherford.  She also had the opportunity to create dance pieces for the yearly choreographic competitions. 

Amy went on to train at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance achieving a BA Hons in 2020. During her time at Rambert, she had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Darren Ellis and Thick and Tight and performed Christopher Bruce’s piece called ‘Stream’. Throughout all of her training, she was involved in a number of different choreographic platforms and also worked with local year 10 GCSE students choreographing a piece for the ‘Aspire’ project. 

Amy has also been a member of Transitions Dance Company touring around the UK, performing works choreographed by Didy Veldman, Rahel Vonmoos and Dog Kennel Hill Project. She also gained a MA in Dance Performance. 

Amy is currently a freelance dance artist within Stoke-On-Trent. She has recently worked with Restoke, performing in the Lotus Eaters, and is continuing to help others with episode 5 of the Odyssey. She is also really looking forward to working with New Vic Theatre performing in their Christmas show- The Nutcracker in 2023-2024. In the future, she also endeavours to create her own work to express her own artistic voice.

Amy has taught and explored movement with a range of ages and backgrounds. She teaches in private dance schools from the ages of 3 upwards. As well as leading dance sessions for over 60s within the community setting. Additionally, Amy is a regular teacher for Staffordshire Youth Ballet- an associate programme for young aspiring dancers. She also works at the YMCA in Hanley leading movement based sessions for disabled and neurodivergent children and young people. Amy is really interested in how dance can be utilised to support well-being, specifically, in how we can tell stories and express ourselves through movement.  She is really grateful and excited to be working with FRONTLINEdance as a youth ambassador and associate dance Artis, to share her lived experience, and her love for movement with others.

Craig E Scott-Patrick

From a young age, Craig has had a passion for dance and theatre, training both locally at Steelworks and completing vocational dance training in Liverpool. Craig previously worked in Education working with Autistic students and has lived experience of disability. As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, Craig understands how it feels to sometimes be excluded from society and is dedicated to raising awareness and promoting inclusion within the Arts. Craig is proud to serve the community and wants to make a real difference to people’s lives.

Having connected with Rachael through his work with Appetite, Craig has been inspired by FRONTLINEdance’s commitment to access and inclusivity and is delighted to join FRONTLINEdance as a voluntary board member. He looks forward to supporting Rachael and the company on this exciting next step of their journey.

FRONTLINEdance seeks board members and a Chair of the Board.

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FRONTLINEdance, as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO), 2023-2026, is recruiting for Board Members and a new Chair of the Board.  As a not-for-profit company ltd by guarantee (no shareholders), voluntary board members will support growth and stability to ensure FRONTLINEdance remain a permanent fixture in the arts and disability ecology of the West Midlands and Nationally.

Deadline for expressions of interest: 5pm, Monday 11th September 2023

Find out more about FRONTLINEdance, by clicking the link.

We are keen to ensure that the new Chair and Board members represent who we are as an artist-led company. A dance company where d/DEAF, disabled, neurodiverse, and those with long-term health conditions are at the core of the organisation as leaders, dancers, artists, participants, and audiences. We are also committed to ensure underrepresented groups and communities with whom we frequently work, are represented on our Board. As such, we are keen to receive applications from: 

  • people who represent groups from lower socio-economic backgrounds, from the Global Majority, who are d/DEAF, disabled, neurodiverse, and/or have long-term health conditions 
  • those who have strategic experience of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding area
  • single parents and parents of d/DEAF, disabled, neurodiverse children including children who have a health condition.   

THE BOARDS PURPOSE: to support FRONTLINEdance to deliver with quality an ambitious activity plan that embeds the Arts Council England’s shared Investment Principles and #Let’s Create strategy.   To advocate for and introduce to potential supporters, partners, investors; to advocate for access and inclusion widely, be objective with the ability to scrutinise and question FRONTLINEdance’s decisions, planning and delivery, to advise the organisation and support in its strategic aims for the long-term organisation development and sustainability.

Being based in Stoke-on-Trent means that our work is positioned to the Levelling-up Agenda, and therefore the Board should also be strong advocates for programming and connecting to those who are harder to reach (due to geographical, social or economic limitations).

SKILLS, KNOWLEDE, COMMITMENT TO:

  • Inclusion and access being embedded and at the centre of all we do and then advocate this externally. The social model of disability is central to all our thinking
  • Ensuring the board can be a place where d/DEAF, disabled and neurodivergent people can lead, develop and thrive with equity.
  • Supporting the contemporary dance, arts and disability ecology
  • Sector development; carer pathways where barriers are removed for those where academic attainment is not possible. 
  • Arts Council England’s Investment Principles and #Let’s Create Strategy
  • Sound business models for the arts and not-for-profit sector
  • Sector development; giving others the tools, skills and confidence to make their practices accessible and fully inclusive
  • Ability to objectively scrutinise and hold the company to account
  • Supporting FRONTLINEdance staff, to help achieve the aims of the organisation.
  • Fostering relations with potential clients and potential funders/donors.
  • Ensuring adherence and compliance around key policies to e.g. Equality and Diversity, Health & Safety and in all decisions and discussions of the Board.
  • Stimulating excellent, well-rounded and carefully considered strategic decision-making.

ADDITIONAL FOR THE CHAIR POSITION:

  • Have the ability to Chair meetings where all voices are heard displaying good time management.
  • Create a strong, profitable and fulfilling working relationship with the board and FRONTLINEdance staff.
  • Liaise regularly with the treasurer to maintain a clear grasp of FRONTLINEdance financial position and to ensure full and timely financial transparency and information disclosure to the board.
  • Approve the annual cycle of the board meetings, meeting agendas, chair and facilitate meetings, monitor decisions taken at meetings and ensure they are implemented.
  • Support and contribute to strategic plans and conduct regular reviews of long-term strategic aims of FRONTLINEdance.
  • Lead and mentor other board members to fulfil their responsibilities and enable access to training/coaching/information to enhance the overall contribution of the board.
  • Annually review the board structure, role, staff relationships and ensure implementation of agreed changes/developments are carried out.
  • Encourage team working among board members and encourage them to identify and recruit new trustees as required.
  • Represent FRONTLINEdance as a spokesperson at appropriate events, meetings or functions.
  • Act as final stage adjudicator for disciplinary and grievance procedures if required.
  • Facilitate change and address conflict within the board of Trustees, within FRONTLINEdance and liaise with the appropriate FRONTLINEdance staff to achieve this.

BENEFITS OF JOINING OUR BOARD:

  1. Your professional networks will be enhanced with opportunities for skills development and career progression.
  2. Develop your sound judgement and interpersonal skills.
  3. Opportunity to lead and work with d/DEAF, disabled and neurodivergent professionals.’
  4. Make a difference to the local community! Your role helps ensure that FRONTLINEdance remain viable and sustainable.
  5. Support community engagement and community cohesion.
  6. Develop problem-solving, analytic skills and versatility. 
  7. You will play a part in ensuring Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire is a place where d/DEAF, disabled people, neurodivergent, and those with long term health conditions can thrive.

TIME COMMITMENT AND TERMS

  • 2-3 years, with staggered replacement
  • You are required to fully participate in quarterly board meetings usually held via zoom: 20th September 2023, 20th December 2023, 20th March 2024 & 19th June 2024
  • Communication via email and Whatsapp will be necessary.
  • Attend at least one performance or event per year. More is desirable but optional.
  • Check emails and respond in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that FRONTLINEdance pursues its objects (purposes) as defined in its governing document and other relevant legislation/regulations.

Deadline for expressions of interest: 5pm, Monday 11th September 2023

Interviews will be held via zoom on Friday 15th September

To express your interest please fill out this form and email it back to Company Development Manager Brian Kokoruwe: brian@frontlinedance.co.uk  

Please let us know if the application form is not accessible to you. We welcome alternate methods of applying.

For your information, we will be holding our AGM and next board meeting on Wednesday 20th September at 6pm via zoom.

Please reach out if you have any queries. You can contact Rachael rachael@frontlinedance.co.uk | 07484 874335 and Brian on the details above.

Thanks you in advance for your time.