Our Trustees play an essential role in overseeing how we run RJC Dance. We are grateful to each of them for their time, their expertise and their passion for our organisation.
Artistic Director / CEO Eclipse Theatre – National Touring Company based in the North of England.
Her leadership roles in the cultural sector include being the Chair of RJC Dance, the inaugural Changemaker in 2017 and serving as a member of the Senior Management team at Hull Truck Theatre.
Amanda has enjoyed directing for theatre for over 20 years. She most recently trained as an ITV Television Director after supporting the casting of the Baileys the new Black family in Coronation Street.
Through her work she examines collective histories in relation to the social sciences and human behaviours. She has made numerous productions with both professional and community cast members combined. The latest funded by XR Stories with Vanitas Arts research in immersive digital theatre.
Amanda’s training ground consisted of both the University of Manchester, where she studied performing arts, visual arts and creative writing alongside essential time spent with communities, and Manchester Dance School.
I have been a Chapeltown resident all my working life, and a solicitor since 1980, privileged to identify closely with the community. I wholeheartedly support RJC and its commitment to the development through dance of young people, inspiring them with confidence in their own abilities and their importance in a world in which diversity is central to our existence. The organisation has grown in influence and the nurturing of talent and imagination year upon year. It is a joy to be associated with its achievements.
Beverley is a local businesswoman from Leeds, operating two successful businesses: retail and business development. She has a wide range of experience across the not for profit and private sector, from project and business development in charities, to grant making, social investment and consultancy. Beverley is passionate about the arts sector and its role to empower local communities.
Junier previously worked as a senior manager in the water and environmental sectors, before leaving the Environment Agency in 2016 to set up his environmental consultancy, JBEL Environmental Services.
Junier is a chair of governors at a Leeds inner city primary school, ambassador for the REACH Society - the award-winning social enterprise that encourages, motivates and inspires young people, member of National Black Governors Network and under 18 West Ridings County referee.
Junier’s passion and core purpose, in his professional and personal life, is to give a voice to the voiceless and make a difference to young people’s lives, in the arts, education, sport and criminal justice system.
Junier was awarded an MBE in 2017 for services to the environment, diversity and community in Leeds.
Adam is Chief Executive of Leeds based environmental education charity, Meanwood Valley Urban Farm which works to connect individuals and communities who wouldn't normally get the chance to experience horticulture, agriculture, and conservation. Previously an elected Councillor on Leeds City Council for 19 years including being Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Skills and Chief Whip. He has also managed regeneration programs in West Yorkshire and London with a particular focus on employment, education, health and wellbeing. Adam has considerable experience of being a trustee on third sector boards in West Yorkshire. A keen hill walker and arts and culture enthusiast in his spare time.
Teenage Cancer Trust Consultant Nurse at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.
Several leadership roles in the NHS , but currently leads the teenage and young adult cancer service in the Yorkshire region for young people aged 13 – 24 years of age, as well as leading national work in this field. Also on the Senior Management Team at the Paediatric Oncology Centre Leeds Children’s Hospital.
Sue trained in Cardiff as an adult nurse and then as a children’s nurse, then moved to London and then up to Leeds where she has stayed for over 20 years.
She has worked with young people for most of her career. More recently working with those who have been in hospitals for various in Leeds Children’s Hospital and has set up the Youth Forum there. Her workplace has worked extensively with RJC Dance where young people in hospital have learned about how to look after themselves from professionals, and the young people of RJC Dance teaching them how to move and have fun. A true and meaningful collaboration.
Sue has loved RJC Dance since her 8 year old daughter (now 32) attended – it helped her socially and physically – and always holds a place in her heart.