“Achieving great outcomes for artists and great artistic outcomes”: Zannah Doan to step into CEO role at Pavilion Dance South West

Bournemouth-based national dance development organisation Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW) are thrilled to announce that Zannah Doan will be leading the organisation from the 1st March as Chief Executive, taking over from Deryck Newland, who will be taking on the role of Chief Executive at the Live Theatre Winchester Trust in March 2017.

Zannah Doan is well known to both the organisation and the region, having worked as PDSW’s Regional Producer since 2012. With a background in setting up and running arts organisations, organisational development and facilitation as well as a deep passion and belief in working in partnerships to achieve great outcomes for artists and the arts, Zannah Doan is ideally placed to steer the organisation through its next exciting phase.

“I love creating strong legacies for artists and communities. Apart from supporting the creation of fantastic art, I am especially interested in the democratisation of the arts, exploring digital potential, promoting diversity, seeking innovative approaches/solutions and working in partnerships. I have very much enjoyed working across the region for the past five years, and I am very excited about taking the organisation further in its journey of being a leader in dance development”, says Zannah Doan.

Under her regional leadership, PDSW has become firmly embedded in the South West’s artistic landscape. The organisation is acting as facilitator, collaborator and co-funder of various projects and initiatives, including the recognition and celebration of mature dancers as well as various Youth Dance Projects with partners including libraries, the SW Association of Senior Children’s & Education Librarians and the Society of Chief Librarians South West.

Stephen Godsall, Chair of the PDSW Board of Directors, comments, “We are overjoyed that Zannah will be stepping into the role of CEO. Of course we have already had ample opportunity to witness her excellent work and people-centred approach over the last five years. Zannah is very well respected in the region and will be the ideal leader to build on the organisation’s achievements over the past and to guide it towards its vision for the future.”

Helen Tiplady, Head of Arts Development at Hall for Cornwall, says, “I am thrilled at the news of the inspired appointment of Zannah to become Chief Executive of PDSW! With her commitment to nurturing young artists, her experience of the sector and art form knowledge I know that we have a wonderful visionary in this role. Collaboration and seeking new opportunities have always been at the forefront of what Zannah has been achieving in her previous role at PDSW so it makes total sense now for her to lead the team forward. Hurrah!”

“As a Discovery Artist at Pavilion Dance South West and a lead artist on their Young Choreographer’s Program, I’m extremely thrilled by the appointment of Zannah Doan as Chief Executive. Throughout the first three years of my career as a choreographer and independent dance artist, Zannah’s regular guidance, support and faith has empowered me to reach my creative goals with optimistic ambition. Her warmth, forward thinking and trust in young artists has made her a regular port of call for me and many others and I am incredibly excited for Pavilion Dance South West’s future under her leadership!” – Richard Chappell, Independent Choreographer

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