Emma is a dynamic dance producer with over 15 years’ experience of leading and delivering live events, festivals, shows, community dance programmes and participatory projects. Passionate about access to high quality dance for all, Emma was most recently working at Pavilion Dance South in the post of Head of Engagement at Pavilion Dance South West, devising a long-term engagement strategy building PDSWs relationships with their local communities.
She is an open-minded collaborator with experience across producing, engagement and community work through previous roles at Green Candle Dance Company, Rambert Dance Company, East London Dance and English National Ballet. Emma is an RD1st accredited coach which builds on her collaborative ethos and passion for enabling and supporting others towards achieving their goals.
Senior Business Support Officer, BCP Council and Arts by the Sea festival Engagement Officer
Leigh is a Senior Business Support Officer for BCP Council and the Arts by the Sea Festival Engagement Officer. Her role involves overseeing engagement between festival artists and local schools and organisations, running the volunteer programme, partnership working, funding bids and all festival administration. She is an Equality Champion for BCP Council and is keen to see diversity represented in the arts.
Leigh was born in Bournemouth and has always worked for the council previously within finance, regulatory services and housing. She is pleased to be in a role that brings together people through culture and creativity.
Head of Culture, BCP Council
Michael is lead officer for arts and culture for BCP Council, including the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Cultural Enquiry, the emerging Cultural Collective and the development of a cultural strategy.
He trained as an art historian, going on to be national director of independent arts and crafts organisations and museums, before joining the Borough of Poole as Museum Manager in 2007. Under his direction Poole Museum has become the most visited free attraction in Dorset and responsible body of the Arts Council funded Wessex Museums Partnership. He is recent Chair of the South West Museums Development Programme.
Michael has curated several exhibitions of British art and published five books on the subject.