Meet the Team

Our team is a highly skilled group of people committed to supporting artists to thrive and making dance a part of more people lives. Many of us are dance artists, choreographers and producers ourselves and have extensive experience of working within the dance sector. 

The South East Dance team sat on chairs and smiling at the camera

Chloë Barker

Joint Head of Communications
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Chloe's pronouns are she/her

Alongside her job-share Georgina, Chloë heads up the Communications Team. Together they are responsible for the department’s strategy and planning, as well as overseeing all communications and marketing activity. 

Chloë’s background is in arts press & public relations, having worked at Arts Council England, South East for almost a decade and in a freelance capacity with a wide range of artists and arts organisations including Vincent Dance Theatre, Blast Theory, The Poetry Exchange, Lighthouse, The Serpentine Galleries, Towner Gallery, Hydrocracker and many more. 

Chloë very much enjoys watching dance theatre and contemporary dance. These days her own dance moves are largely directed at embarrassing her daughter. 

Chloë's usual working days are Monday morning, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Martin Chick

Head of Production

Martin's pronouns are he/him

Martin is responsible for all production and technical needs within the dance space. He works closely with the Artistic Director in the planning and delivery of The Dance Space programme, ensuring the smooth running of events and performances. 

He has over 20 years of experience as a theatre technician, touring nationally and internationally with Perriplum, Array UK, People show, High Spin, Walker dance parks music, Clod Ensemble, and others. 

When not working, he can be found tending to his allotment, playing the harmonica, or helping produce and perform experimental music events with Lost Property Arts Collective.

Martin’s usual working days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Daniel Falvey

Communications Manager
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Daniel's pronouns are he/him.

Daniel creates and delivers communications campaigns across all platforms, supporting South East Dance’s Communications & Marketing strategy.

He started his career in the music industry, fulfilling press, marketing, radio and A&R roles for Brighton's FatCat records before moving into the arts world when he became Marketing Officer at Brighton Fringe. 

Daniel has spent much of the last decade working on a dance move that is going to make him millions.

Daniel's usual working days are Monday - Thursday. 

Mark Fleming

Receptionist & Operations Assistant

Mark's pronouns are he/him. 

Mark is part of the operations and reception team working alongside his colleague Makeda.

Together they are responsible for welcoming our visitors and overseeing the day to day running of the studios.

Mark’s background includes over 30 years’ experience in Visitor Services, Operational, Event and Ticketing Management, working in Arts and Heritage organisations including The Barbican, The British Museum and Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival.

Mark has always enjoyed theatre and dance, and can also be found dancing (and singing) around his home trying to increase his step count!

Mark’s usual working days are Monday to Friday.

Rachel Gibson

Executive Director
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Rachel's pronouns are she/her.

Rachel co-leads South East Dance with Cath James, with responsibility for business areas including governance, operations, compliance, finance and HR and also leading on the development of our capital project The Dance Space.

Rachel has worked in arts management for nearly 35 years, beginning in administration and programme in a number of theatres and arts centres, then moving into arts funding with roles in the dance teams at East Midlands Arts, London Arts Board and Arts Council England.  She then went on to spend more than 20 years as a freelance consultant working with dance companies, venues and other arts organisations across the UK. 

Rachel is a terrible dancer but has been an enthusiastic member of dance audiences throughout her working life.

Rachel's usual working days are Monday - Friday. 

Isabel Gollin

Assistant Producer
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Isabel`s pronouns are she/her 

Isabel works with the Participation team as Assistant Producer, supporting the smooth running of the programme.  

Isabel has extensive experience in cultural studies and curatorial practice. Beginning her studies at Milan’s Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, followed by the European Institute of Design, Isabel went on to specialise in contemporary art and curatorial practices at Venice’s XAC School for Curatorial Studies.

Building on her interest in public art, in 2019 Isabel completed an MA in Commissioning and Curating Public Art at Valand Academy Gothenburg. Since then, she has gained wide-ranging experience of curating and organising street art interventions, site-specific performance art, photographic and visual art exhibitions. 

Having fallen in love with Brighton's multi-artistic cultural scene, when she’s not working you can often find Isabel in galleries, museums, at film networks and live concerts. 

Isabel's usual working days are Monday - Friday. 

Georgina Harris

Joint Head of Communications
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Georgina's pronouns are she/her

Alongside her job-share Chloe, Georgina heads up the Communications Team. Together they are responsible for the department’s strategy and planning, as well as overseeing all communications and marketing activity.

Georgina’s background is in arts marketing and she has over fifteen-years’ experience in local arts organisations including Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and Komedia.

Although a little rusty, she has always loved to dance and is no stranger to a tap shoe. She keeps her dance toe in with a spot of solo jazz (and kitchen dancing with the children.)

Georgina's usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday morning. 

Cath James

Artistic Director
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Cath's pronouns are she/her.

Cath leads on the artistic direction of South East Dance and works closely with the Executive Director to ensure the effective management and leadership of South East Dance.

Originally from Australia, Cath’s background is in dance, having been a dancer at Rambert Dance Company and Siobhan Davies amongst others, as well as an international dance teacher, before moving into producing and management. She has curated, written about and choreographed dance during her 40 year career.

Dance is still a huge part of Cath’s life, taking regular dance and Pilates classes. She has been known to get creative in her own silent disco on her allotment, and doing the odd yoga session when she is feeling odd.

Cath works flexibly five days a week.  

Emily James-Farley

Creative Communities Manager

Emily’s pronouns are she/her.

Emily manages the development and delivery of The Welcome Project as part of the Participation Programme at South East Dance. She job-shares with Lauren Proto as the lead and full-time Project Manager of The Welcome Project.

Emily has worked at South East Dance for nearly 14 years.  In that time she has been involved in a wide variety of exciting and engaging projects and has extensive knowledge of event and project management. In recent years, since taking on the Creative Communities manager role, Emily has extended her expertise in working with local communities and delivering outreach opportunities with marginalised groups.  Emily loves meeting new people and supporting them to find a place in dance that best suits them.

When not working, Emily loves having a boogie in the safety of her home with her kids as well as getting out to wild places and exploring the gorgeous Sussex countryside.

Emily’s usual working days are Monday morning, Wednesday and Thursday.

 

Jane Johnson

Finance Manager

Sarah Kearney

Assistant Producer – Children and Young People
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Sarah's pronouns are she/her.

Sarah Kearney is an Assistant Producer at South East Dance working with the Senior Producer – Participation to run the organisation's children and young people's programme. 

Sarah trained at Laban and has worked in dance both on and off stage. She has 20 years teaching experience, including in dance educational, community and company settings and currently works as a Pilates teacher. Previous to South East Dance, Sarah worked at various London arts venues and in website administration supporting editorial and marketing roles.

Sarah enjoys attending performance events. When her schedule allows, she loves taking part in yoga, Pilates and dance classes. 

Sarah's usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Luan Taylor

Participation Programme Producer
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Alongside her job-share Emily, Luan leads on the development and delivery of the Welcome Project. Luan’s background is in dance/theatre specialising in working on projects with community engagement at the heart. 

She has over 16 years’ experience as a freelance producer and artist, creating or producing work including dance, theatre, reminiscence, and visual arts. Luan loves dancing and with her former company Ragroof Theatre, toured participatory dance events extensively across the UK and beyond. She recently taught her whole street a socially distanced Charleston dance during lockdown.

Luan's usual working days are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

Emily Watson

Building Manager

Emily's pronouns are they/them.

Emily is the Building Manager at South East Dance, supporting the team with compliance, procurement, staff training and operational procedures as we move into The Dance Space and beyond. They are responsible for ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the building for the programming teams and managing the multitude of back of house operations involved in running a large public space. 

With over 10 years of experience starting in events management, Emily has worked for various charities and organisations over the years managing spaces with large teams in busy operational environments. With a passion for pragmatic problem solving and efficiency, Emily enjoys picking apart and creating all the processes that most people absolutely hate! They have lots of experience working with health and safety, volunteers, adults with additional support needs, within community projects and with diverse teams.

Emily is a queer non-binary person with a passion for learning, especially history and theology. Usually found nerding out listening to history audiobooks, with friends camping, walking or kayaking in nature or working with their hands on (questionable) creative projects. 

Emily's usual working days are Monday - Friday 

Andrew Whitlaw

Head of Fundraising & Development
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Andrew's pronouns are he/him.

Andrew is responsible for shaping and implementing South East Dance’s fundraising strategy, and leads on developing and stewarding relationships with trusts, foundations, businesses and individuals.

With over 25 years’ experience in fundraising, Andrew has held senior roles with Northern Ballet, The Actors Centre, London Chamber Orchestra and Youth Music. He was also a professional actor for many years, and still sings regularly with Brighton & Hove Actually Gay Men’s Chorus.

No stranger to dance – he was a ballroom dancer throughout his university years and even learned basic tap – Andrew freely admits he is not a natural, but nevertheless has a genuine love and appreciation of dance in all its forms.

Andrew's usual working days are Monday - Friday. 

Makeda Whittaker

Receptionist & Operations Assistant and Emerging Creative Producer

Makeda's pronouns are she/her.

Linzi Whitton

Programme Producer
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Linzi's pronouns are she/her.

Linzi works alongside the Artist Development and Participation teams at South East Dance, supporting the management of the artistic programme and, as we move into The Dance Space, the programme of our studio spaces.

With 15 years experience working with organisations such as Southbank Centre, Dance4, Bestival, Women of the World Festival (WOW) and South East Dance, she has produced performance and participation projects in many different contexts. From presenting work in broom cupboards to stadiums - with your next door neighbour and with international artists- everything goes. She is also Producer for female led dance collective, Nora and Project Manager for MakeAmplify. 

Linzi trained to be a performer, but soon realised she was much better suited to 'producing' dance so decided to stay back of house and use her powers to facilitate others to perform. She can now be found dancing in her kitchen or on top of a bar on the odd occasion she is let out of the house. 

Linzi’s normal working days are Monday-Thursday. 

Siân Willett

Studio and Hires Manager

Siân’s pronouns are she/her.

Siân works alongside the programming team to manage the studios and hires within South East Dance, focusing on developing the non-artistic hires, including conferences, meetings and events. 

Siân worked in Events Management in the West End for five years, regularly managing large auditorium hires, corporate events and studio hires at The Dominion Theatre. She left London to move back to Sussex and trained as a yoga, meditation and mindfulness teacher. Siân has always felt most at home working in the arts industry and is passionate about improving the health and well-being of people in the arts sector. She has supported staff well-being weeks, teaching meditation and mindfulness to the NHS nurses at Brighton hospital and to the staff at Liverpool University.

Siân trained as an actress and danced all through her childhood and teens. She loves tap dancing and tries to get to classes whenever possible. She can also be found attending theatre productions across the South East and London.

Siân’s normal working days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.