Our Staff

Photo of Northern Ballet Staff by Brian Slater.

Artistic Director

David Nixon OBE

Ballet Master

Daniel de Andrade

Ballet Mistress

Yoko Ichino

Guest Ballet Mistress

Charlotte Talbot

Guest Ballet Master

Christopher Hinton-Lewis

Guest Teachers

David Paul Kierce

Raymond Smith

Andria Hall

Keith Mackintosh

Dramatic Associate

Patricia Doyle

Contact email: info@northernballet.com

Chief Executive

Mark Skipper DL

Finance Director

Judith Hartley

Planning Manager

Lily Amy

Events Manager

Judith Baker

Finance Manager

Joanne Gomersall

Finance Officer

Kath Holliday

PA to the Directors

Diane Tabern

Contact email: administration@northernballet.com

Director of Communications

Laraine Penson

Head of Marketing

Emma Mooney

Head of PR

Catherine Worthington

Communications Manager, Marketing

Elizabeth Rose

In-house Designer

Richard Barrelle

Communications Manager: Web & Social Media


Communications Manager

Lauren Godfrey

Communications Officer, Marketing

Rebecca Maude

Assistant Communications Officer

Eloise Williamson


Fiona Heseltine (head)

Karen Dixon

Carol McCarthy

Kathy Dean

Kayleigh Wiechula

April Skipp

Contact email: info@northernballet.com

Director of Developement

Crys Whitewoods

Development Manager:
Corporates & Individuals

Abigail Walton

Development Manager:
Trusts & Foundations

David Ward

Development Officer:
Friends & Legacy

Joanne Clayton

Research and Data Officer

Rebecca Cheung

Contact email: info@northernballet.com

IT Director

Neil Jarman

IT Officer & Assistant Developer

David Fodden

Director of Learning

Selina McGonagle

Project Manager

Jo Dean

Projects Administrator

Shelley Firth

Dance Education Officers

Leanne Kirkham

Sophie Alder

Samantha Carruthers

Contact email: learning@northernballet.com

Physiotherapy Services

Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy Ltd, Leeds

Liz Atha

Craig Schofield

Company Doctors

Dr Sarah L Lawton MA (Cantab), MBB, CHIR. DRCOG

Dr James Brown MBB, FFSEM

Company Counsellor

Lynne Jackson

Company Masseurs

Sylvia Cove

Jane Whitley

Adam Hirst

Contact email: craig.schofield@northernballet.com

music – northern ballet sinfonia
Music Director

John Pryce-Jones

Assistant Music Director

Nathan Fifield

Orchestra & Concerts Manager

Barry Collarbone

Company Pianists

Olly Hamilton

Andrew Dunlop

Orchestra Pit Manager

Steve Costello

Contact email: info@northernballet.com

academy of northern ballet

David Nixon OBE

Associate Director

Yoko Ichino

Academy Programmes Manager

Faye Cardwell

Associates Programme Administrator

Annemarie Donoghue

Student Support Co-ordinator

Emma Rodriguez-Saona

Full-time Academy Teachers

Cara O'Shea

Academy Pianists

David Plumpton

Gerard Power

Contact email: academy@northernballet.com

Operations Manager

Shaun Daniels


Robert Cordingly (Senior)

Austen Coldwell

Peter Scott

stage management
Company Manager

Naomi Foster

Stage Manager

Philip Andrew

Senior Deputy Stage Manager

Chun-Yen Chia

Deputy Stage Manager

Heidi Thornton

Contact email: steve.wilkins@northernballet.com

Technical Director

Steve Wilkins

Chief Electrician

Alastair West

Deputy Chief Electrician for Quarry Hill

Martin Smith

Assistant Electrician

Laura Sprake

Chief Stage Technician

Sid Taylor


Nick Anger



Contact email: steve.wilkins@northernballet.com

wardrobe & wigs
Head of Wardrobe

Kim Brassley

Senior Wardrobe Manager

Mikhaila Pye

Wardrobe Manager

Freya Crowley-Bennett

Deputy Wardrobe Manager

Donna Allen

Costume Maker & Cutter

Carley Marsh

Wardrobe Assistant

Rosie Etheridge

Wigs Manager

Helen Russell

Contact email: kim.brassley@northernballet.com