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

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

Communications Manager: Media & PR

Catherine Worthington (maternity leave)

Communications Manager: Web & Social Media

Phill Garnett

Communications Manager

Lauren Godfrey

Communications Officer: Marketing

Liam Verity

Communications Officer: PR & Digital Media 

Dolly Williams 

Assistant Communications Officer

Eloise Williamson


Amelia Grossi (head)

Deirdre Crofton (head - maternity leave)

Karen Dixon

Fiona Heseltine

Carol McCarthy

Kathy Dean

Contact email: info@northernballet.com

Director of Developement

Crys Whitewoods

Development Manager

Janet Myers

Development Coordinator

Carol McCarthy

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

Rose Chadwick

Sophie Alder (maternity leave)

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/Orchestra Pianist

Grant Green

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

Associate Programme Administrator

Annemarie Donoghue

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 Stage Manager

Lily Amy

Senior Deputy Stage Manager

Chun-Yen Chia

Deputy Stage Manager

Heidi Thornton

Assistant Stage Manager

Kirsty O'Neill

Contact email: andy.waddington@northernballet.com

Technical Director

Andy Waddington

Technical Manager

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: andy.waddington@northernballet.com

wardrobe & wigs
Head of Wardrobe

Kim Brassley

Senior Wardrobe Manager

Mikhaila Pye

Wardrobe Manager

Freyja Crowley-Bennett

Deputy Wardrobe Manager

Donna Allan

Costume Maker & Cutter

Carley Marsh

Wardrobe Assistant

Rosie Etheridge

Wigs Manager

Helen Russell

Contact email: kim.brassley@northernballet.com