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Our Staff

Photo of Northern Ballet Staff by Brian Slater.


Artistic Director

David Nixon OBE

Artistic Associate and
Artistic Director of Short Ballets for Small People

Daniel de Andrade

Rehearsal Directors

Yoko Ichino

Christelle Horna

Assistant Rehearsal Director & Assistant Artistic Director of Short Ballets for Small People

Hironao Takahashi

Dramatic Associate

Patricia Doyle


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Chief Executive

Mark Skipper DL

Finance Director

Judith Hartley

Planning Manager

Tobias Perkins

HR Manager

Dawn Wilson

Finance Managers

Joanne Gomersall

Sam Cormack

Finance Officer

Kath Holliday

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Director of Communications

Emma Mooney

Head of Communications

Liz Rose

In-house Designer

Richard Barrelle

Digital Manager

Phill Garnett

Media & PR Manager

Lauren Godfrey

Communications Marketing Manager

Liam Verity

Communications Officer

Rachel Evans

Digital & Design Officer

Emily Nuttall

Communications Assistant

Kathryn Piekarski

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Director of Developement

Crys Whitewoods

Development Manager:
Corporates & Individuals

Zoë Connell

Development Manager:
Trusts & Foundations

Bethany McNaboe

Events & Business
Development Manager

Alan Gallacher

Senior Development Executive:

Hannah Blackwood

Development Executive:
Friends, Patrons & Legacies

Rebecca Crowther

Research & Data Executive

Rebecca Cheung

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IT Director


IT Officer & Assistant Developer

David Fodden

Director of Learning

Leanne Kirkham

Head of Learning

Jo Dean

Artistic Learning Manager

Sophie Alder

Learning Project Manager

Lauren Prydderch
Dance Education Officers

Philippa Ranger

Keisha Hamilton

Dance Education Apprentice

Ebony Godridge

Workshop Administrator

Heather Newstead

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Physiotherapy Services

Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy Ltd, Leeds

Liz Atha

Craig Scholfield

Company Doctors

Dr James Brown MBB, FFSEM

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

Company Counsellor

Lynne Jackson

Company Masseurs

Sylvia Cove

Adam Hirst

Jane Whitley

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music – northern ballet sinfonia
Music Director

John Pryce-Jones

Associate Conductor

Daniel Parkinson

Orchestra & Concerts Manager

Barry Collarbone

Company/Orchestra Pianist

Andrew Dunlop

Ewan Gilford

Orchestra Pit Manager

Steve Costello

Orchestra Players

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academy of northern ballet
Director of Academy

David Nixon OBE

Associate Director of Academy

Yoko Ichino

Director of Academy Operations

Catherine Worthington
Centre of Advanced Training Manager

Yasmin Delves

Associate & Graduate Programme Manager

Annemarie Donoghue

Head of Lower Level Pre-Professional Programme

Cara O'Shea

Open Programme Manager & Student Support Coordinator

Emma Rodriguez-Saona

Academy Pianists

David Plumpton

Gerard Power


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Operations Manager

Shaun Daniels


Fiona Heseltine (head)

Georgina Booth

Rachel Clarke

Will Dawson

Kathy Dean

Karen Dixon

Sofia Edstrand

Carol McCarthy

Dena Marsh

Liz Peel


Robert Cordingly (Senior)

Peter Scott

Barry Trainor

company & stage management
Company Manager

Naomi Foster

Stage Manager

Philip Andrew

Senior Deputy Stage Manager

Chun-Yen Chia

Assistant Stage Manager

Lyndsey Holmes

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Technical Director

Steve Wilkins

Head of Lighting

Alastair West

Deputy Head of Lighting

Simon James

Studio Technical Manager

Martin Smith

Head of Stage

Sid Taylor

Deputy Head of Stage

Nick Anger

Stage Technician

Stewart Campbell

Seasonal Stage Technician

Sean Wright

Seasonal Assistant Electrician

Roisin Dullard

Head of Workshop

Griz Pedley

Deputy Head of Workshop

Pradeep Dash



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wardrobe & wigs
Head of Wardrobe

Kim Brassley

Senior Wardrobe Manager

Mikhaila Pye

Costume Makers & Cutters

Carley Marsh

Julie Anderson

Costume Maker & Deputy Wigs Manager

Helen Russell

Assistant Costume Maker

Donna Allen

Wigs Manager

Harriet Rogers
Wardrobe Manager

Ellie Kemp

Deputy Wardrobe Manager

Imogen Woolley

Wardrobe Assistant

Holly Prescott

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