Kevin Finnan MBE, Artistic Director
Jo Valentine, Programme Manager
Jane Bailey, Communications and Development Director
Clare O’Brien, Communications and Development Officer
Rosie Parry, Marketing and Development Officer
Hannah Asprey, Administrator
Aaron Watkinson, Dance Artist
Dorothy Wilson MBE, Chair
Dorothy is former Artistic Director and Chief Executive of mac birmingham (Midlands Arts Centre). Before taking up her role at mac she spent 14 years at West Midlands Arts, including seven years as deputy director, working across a range of art forms. Until late 2009 she chaired the West Midlands regional Arts Council and served on the national board of Arts Council England. Dorothy was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006 and received an MBE for services to the arts in 2011. Throughout her career Dorothy has continued to pursue her interests as a performer.
Caroline was Strategic Projects Manager at Birmingham Hippodrome from 2010-2016 and is now a freelance producer, based in Birmingham. During her time at the Hippodrome, she was involved in the Southside Business Improvement District and 4 Squares Weekender. She is now the Executive Producer of Birmingham Weekender 2017.
Sarah Jane Fitzpatrick
Sarah has many years’ experience as an accountant and latterly worked as a treasurer for a large US corporate organisation. In addition to her charity experience with Motionhouse she has also worked with Beaconsfield and Chiltern Open Air Museum. Sarah is a longstanding member of Motionhouse’s board, having joined in 1992.
Sarah is co-founder and Managing Partner of Indigo Ltd, a leading marketing and fundraising consultancy working with creative sector organisations. She previously worked in a variety of roles in the music business, most recently as Director of Communications for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). In 2009 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.
Dr Ceri Gorton
Ceri is a Cultural Consultant and Co-Director of Bird & Gorton, empowering cultural organisations, cities, creative businesses and universities to develop collaborative working, imaginative leadership, and new strategies to enable innovation, with a focus on how digital technology can help people connect with excellent cultural experiences. Clients include the British Council, RSC, Royal Opera House Bridge, Nottingham Strategic Cultural Partnership, English Heritage, Midland 3 Cities, and King’s College London.
Rachael is currently Development Manager for Individual Giving and Trusts at Birmingham Hippodrome. Prior to this she was Managing Director of Pentabus Theatre Company, working jointly with Artistic Director Elizabeth Freestone on a new mission to become the nation’s rural theatre company. She has also worked in a variety of roles at Arts Council England, including Relationship Manager for Combined Arts and Touring for the West Midlands region.
Kevin has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications, producing, and as a performer and director. Following work as an actor and director, Kevin has acted as an Arts Management Consultant for a range of organisations including Audiences Central, Arts Council England, The Drum, mac birmingham, Blue Eyed Soul, Motionhouse, Warwick Arts Centre and Loughborough University.
Pat is a former lawyer becoming a Banking Partner in the international law firm Eversheds LLP where she worked for 27 years until her retirement from the partnership in April 2011. Pat has had a lifelong interest in dance, having started ballet at the age of 5 and continuing to attend a recreational ballet class twice a week. She is also a qualified Franklin Method Educator (Level 1).
Chris Lillington is a journalist with more than 20 years’ experience in the newspaper industry. He worked on papers in the West Country and London before moving to the West Midlands 13 years ago. He is currently editor of the Leamington Spa Courier Series – Motionhouse’s local paper – as well as other titles in Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Leicestershire.
Simon Wales is the General Manager of Waddesdon Manor, the historic National Trust property based in Buckinghamshire which is managed by a Rothschild family charitable trust. With a background in music and the performing arts, Simon previously held the position of General Manager of Town Hall Birmingham. He was the founding Centre Director of LSO St Luke’s, the London Symphony Orchestra’s music education centre. He was a also a Clore Fellow in the second year of the Clore Leadership Programme.
Chris White MP
Chris White was elected as Warwick and Leamington’s MP at the 2010 General Election. Before this he worked locally in Public Relations, having previously worked at Longbridge with MG Rover. In Parliament he is a member of the International Development Select Committee. As well as co- chairing the Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group he is also involved with APPGs on Poverty, Social Enterprise and on the Computer and Video Games Industry.