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DSSWG Committee

Professor Peter Flew, Chair

Associate  Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the School of Education, University of Roehampton

Trustee, Royal Academy of Dance

Fiona Becker

Safeguarding Consultant

Mike Hawkins 


Former Principle Officer in the UK’s National Crime Agency.

Conference key note speaker on safeguarding and working with young people.

Imogen Knight

Founder, Colours of Dance

Trustee, Royal Academy of Dance

One Dance UK  - Sector support organisation 

DSSWG Members

Hayley Arthur

Senior Producer: Learning & Skills, FABRIC

Tim Arthur

CEO Royal Academy of Dance

Joanna Barrett

Trustee of Young Dancers Academy

Gill Beattie

Health, Safety & Wellbeing Consultant

Sho Botham

Dance & health education consultant 

Tom Bowes

Centre for Advanced Training Manager, DanceEast 

Jane Bradley-Crookes

Designated Safeguarding Lead at KS Dance, Director of development, Diploma Studies Lead and Faculty Dance Teacher.

Helen Bushell-Thornalley

Bishop Grossteste University

Mags Byrne

DU Dance (NI)

Nicola Carmichael Phillips

Carmichael School of Dance and Theatre Arts 

Ansell Chezan

Executive committee member of UKA Dance 

Ann Marie Christian

International Safeguarding Consultant

Claire Christou

Freelance Dance Teacher

Tony Clipstone

Director of the English Amateur Dancesport Association (EADA)


An inclusive dance not-for-profit organisation, based in East Kent 

Penny Cotton

Head of Membership, Royal Academy of Dance

Laura Connolly

Manager, Dance City Centre for Advanced Training

Steph De'Ath

Head of Dance Science, London Contemporary Dance School 

Yasmin Deter

Marketing and Admin Assistant at Inspirations School of Performing Arts 

Sarah Dickinson

Head of Ballet, Northern Ballet School

Juliet Diener

Founder and CEO 

Dance Movement Psychotherapist

Inclusive Dance Specialist

Brittanie Dillon

Ex-professional dancer, current dance teacher and mental health practitioner

Gill Docherty

Educational psychologist and researcher of adult ballet & wellbeing

Cara Donaldson

Director, Diamond Dancentre

Michael Durrant

PhD candidate in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music (RCM) and a London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) Doctoral Studentship Holder supported by the RCM. Michael’s research focuses on the health and wellbeing of performers, interdisciplinary exchange across domains, and health promotion in the performing arts. Michael is the recipient of an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded LAHP Collaborative Doctoral Award supported by the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM). He is the coordinator of the Healthy Conservatoires Network and is an active member of the BAPAM Research Working Group.  

Nicky Ellis

Osteopath, dance teacher and choreographer

Rachel Elliott

Education Director and Safeguarding Lead, English Folk Dance and Song Society 

Vicky Evans

Centre for Advanced Training Programme Manager, The Place

Liberty Ferguson

London Studio Centre Graduate 2023

Dan Francis

Head of Sales and Partnerships, RSL Awards

Joey Gamper Cuthbert

Squad Safe

Amy Giancarlo

Professional Ballet Teacher, Trustee, Royal Academy of Dance

Tanya Gray

Principal of Inspirations School of Performing Arts

Jacqueline Harper


Lucy Hartland-Mann

Freelance dancer and dance teacher 

Anna Helsby

Director of Registry and Student Wellbeing, London Contemporary Dance School 

Lisa Harrison-Jones 

ISTD - Head Of Faculty Development for Modern Theatre & Classical Indian

Dance Safeguarding Specialist

Katharine Hikmet

Safeguarding Manager RAD

Pagan Hunt

Freelance dancer

Terry Hyde MA MBACP

Counselling for Dancers 

Dr Carol Ireland

Consultant Forensic Psychologist

Shelley Isaac-Clarke

Principal of ICA Dance Wales

Rachel Jackson - Weingaertner 

RAD Trustee, Examiner, Tutor and Freelance Teacher, Germany 

Rachel King

Safeguarding Consultant, Better Understood

Jacquie Kirk

PAA Syllabus Consultant & Senior Examiner RSL Awards Ltd

Fiona Knower

CEO – Operations, BBO Dance

Cherry Lambert 

Dance Live! Producer, The Guildhall Trust

Carolyn Lappin

Executive Director, YDance

Linda Lear

Safeguarding Lead, All England Dance

Ruby Lilly

Owner, Ruby Lilly Dance Company, Bristol

Chris Marlow

Lecturer (Education & Social Justice), Lancaster University 

Stephen Mason

Course Leader: Dance & Senior Lecturer in Dance, Kingston University

Rachel Meech


Eva-Maria Mihan

Courses, Events & Communications Officer, RAD Berlin

Liam Mills

Policy and Governance Manager, ISTD

Professor Adam Ockelford

Professor of Music, University of Roehampton

Founder and Trustee of The Amber Trust

Charis O'Halloran

Freelance dancer and teacher  

Penny Parks

Principal, Parks School of Dancing

Founder, Penny Parks Charitable Trust

Dean Parsons

Head of Safeguarding, Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts

Rachel Pedley

UK Breakin'

Rosy Pigott

Dance teacher

Victoria Race

Safeguarding Consultant for the IDTA

Natalie Randhawa

Principal at Teddington Dance Studio

Lorraine Razzell

Principal, The Dance Barn

Hayley Reay

Head of Learning and Participation, The Guildhall Trust

Abigail Reeve

CEO, Rambert Grades

Matthew Searle 

MBE FRSA – Safeguarding Lead, Governor, Consultant & LBT Global Chief Executive

Sarah Searle 

BA (Hons) - former professional dancer and dance teacher, now parent and Operations Manager for a global crisis charity

Elisa Sicking-Bressler

International Safeguarding Professional

James Stockdale

Chief Executive Officer, IDTA

Alison Stuart

Psychologist and former professional dancer and ballet teacher

Dr Denise Sweeney

University of Nottingham

Cathy Taylor

Regional Outreach Manager, Disclosure and Barring Service

Amanda Thompson

Primary school teacher and former professional dancer

Anna Valentine-Marsh

Safeguarding consultant and dance parent

Ioanna Vazelaki

BA (Hons), MA, LRAD, ARAD, RAD RTS, Silver Swans® Licensee

Professional Dancer

ENB Associate Artist, Teaching Dance Artist: The Place, Royal Academy of Dance, RAD Registered Dance Schools 


Lisa Warnock

Independent Dance Artist, Dance Education Consultant and Teacher 

Kathryn Williams

Director, Rubicon Dance

The Welsh Dance Theatre Trust - a social arts organisation

Tracy Witney 

Head of Learning and Participation, Northern School of Contemporary Dance

If you are willing to contribute to this working group, please let us know