Board of Governors and Patrons

Central is supported by a Board of Governors, by dedicated patrons and other ambassadors who advocate for the school and ensure its continued success.

Patrons
Aurora Bosch
Deborah Bull CBE
Adam Cooper
Mike Figgis
Raymond Gubbay CBE
Sir Derek Jacobi
Robert Mackintosh
Irek Mukhamedov OBE
Cassa Pancho MBE
Sir Bob Reid
President’s Circle
Lady Sieff, President
Dominic Fry
Jean Gomm
Peter Kyle OBE
Chrisanthy Lemos
Genevieve Mather
Irina Porritt
Bruce Sansom
Amanda Sieff
Paul Slawson-Price
Jen Tatham
Sir Michael Wakeford

HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO, Royal Patron

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex became Central’s Royal Patron in 2003 and has actively supported the School and its aim to move to a new home in Southwark since that time. In February 2020, Central’s new bespoke premises in Paris Garden in the London Borough of Southwark, part of the South Bank arts community, were named in her honour at a special event she attended for students and staff. The new building is now known as “The Countess of Wessex Studios”. This reflects Central’s sincere gratitude for the continued interest and support provided by Her Royal Highness for the project and its broad objectives for exemplary dance industry training and benefit to the local community. rnrnA full-time working member of the Royal Family, The Countess of Wessex splits her time between her work in support of The Queen and visits to a large number of her own charities and organisations, including Central School of Ballet.

Lady Sieff, President

Lady Jennifer Sieff is the President of Central School of Ballet and the former Chair of Central’s Board of Governors (from 2002 to 2008). Lady Sieff was instrumental in setting Central on its path towards finding and securing a new home and she remains closely involved with, and highly supportive of, Central’s move to the Countess of Wessex Studios in London’s South Bank arts community. As Chair of the President’s Circle, Lady Sieff is an ambassador and advocate for Central and its students – the future stars of dance. In addition to Lady Sieff’s love of ballet and opera her other interests include horseracing, tennis and bridge.rnrn(The image shows Lady Sieff at a special event with members of Central’s Board of Governors: l-r Stephen Kane, Chairman Ralph Bernard, and Philp Feeney, Central’s Composer-in-Residence)

Board of Governors

Ralph Bernard, CBE

Chairman

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Pim Baxter, OBE

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Dr Virginia Brooke

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Simon Cole

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David Gray, CBE

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Heidi Hall

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Christopher Hampson

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Stephen Kane

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Wendy Pallot

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Tim Parsonson

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Susan Scott-Parker

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Simon Sporborg

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Charlotte Talbot

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Andrew Tuckey

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Jonathan Wood

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Tamas Wood

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