We are delighted to welcome our new Chair, Eddie Nixon, Artistic Director at The Place who joins our Board along with new trustees Natasha Player, Jane Joy, Jon Ward and young trustee Hannah Malone.

Helen Keall and Victor Fung, Joint CEOs, Pavilion Dance South West say: “We are honoured to see such a diverse range of people supporting us and bringing their skills and talents to our Board. We’re thrilled to introduce them all, and look forward to utilising their experience and passion to focus on our mission to transform communities through dance.”

Eddie Nixon

Joining the The Place in 2009 and appointed as Artistic Director in 2019, he has initiated a whole range of diverse works including Work Place, Pivot Dance, Exit Visa, Choreodrome, Summer House, Currency, Touchwood and Fringe at The Place, as well as developing established seasons such as Resolution!, Spring Loaded and the Place Prize for Dance.

Eddie says: ‘I’m so pleased to be able to support Victor, Helen and all the team at Pavilion Dance South West. After many years of watching the organisation’s work, it’s now a privilege to contribute to the incredible role that it plays culturally in the Bournemouth community and in dance nationally.’

Natasha Player

Natasha was appointed as Pavilion Dance’s first Changemaker in 2018, bringing with her a wealth of experience and knowledge of working with communities in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and her work as a Changemaker helped Pavilion Dance build on and explore inclusive programming and practices throughout the organisation.

Jane Joy

Jane is an experienced fundraiser with Marketing and Business Development experience, working across a diverse range of industries and strongly believes in building communities. And she doesn’t need any excuse to get on the dance floor and was our Business Come Dancing winner in 2019 with her Bollywood routine!

Jon Ward

Recently retired, Jon spent a wide and varied career in the HR and People Development sector and previously brought his interest in theatre and HR experience to support Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) as a Trustee Board member for over seven years.

Hannah Malone

Hannah is currently studying Dance at Arts University Bournemouth (AUB). She joins us as a Young Trustee, and is part of Pavilion Dance’s Young Choregraphers 2023 professional programme, as well as a regular volunteer at Pavilion Dance supporting our professional and community events including Open Doors, Origins and Parkinson’s Dance and has performed regularly in our venue.

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