Our People

Central School of Ballet is a thriving community of passionate people who believe in providing world-leading professional training to provide global career opportunities for young people in the dance industry. The organisation also believes that access to dance through participation or opportunities to watch performances is part of our broader remit, encouraging children, teenagers and adults of all ages and backgrounds to engage with this artform, an important part of our cultural landscape.

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.

A 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.

(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)

Governors
Ralph Bernard CBE, Chairman
Pim Baxter OBE
Dr Virginia Brooke
Simon Cole
Carole Gable
David Gray
Heidi Hall
Christopher Hampson
Stephen Kane
Wendy Pallot
Tim Parsonson
Susan Scott Parker OBE
Simon Sporborg
Charlotte Talbot
Andrew Tuckey
Jonathan Wood
Tamas Wood
Artistic Advisors
Mark Baldwin OBE Former Artistic Director, Rambert
Sir Matthew Bourne Artistic Director, New Adventures
Carole Gable Gable Repertoire
David Nixon OBE Artistic Director, Northern Ballet
Ashley Page OBE International Choreographer
Sharon Watson MBE Principal, Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Mark Osterfield, Executive Director

Mark Osterfield was appointed Executive Director for the Central School of Ballet in March 2020. Mark has spent his career managing leading arts organisations and facilitating change for the public benefit with social, cultural and economic impact. He worked on the major refurbishment of Camden’s Swiss Cottage Central Library that was completed in 2003. As Executive Director Tate St Ives Mark championed the refurbishment and extension of the iconic gallery, winning Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 as a result of his leadership. Since 2018 he has worked as a consultant and interim Director for a number of visual arts organisations including Spike Island, and Wysing Arts Centre.

Having studied ballet as a child, including a short stint at the Royal Ballet School, Mark read English at Keble College, Oxford, and then took a second degree in Fine Art at Middlesex University. Mark plans to bring this experience to the new role at Central, supporting young people to achieve excellence as dancers, whilst seeking to broaden Central School of Ballet’s reach and engagement with diverse communities, as it moves to its new premises in Southwark on the South Bank.

Christopher Marney, Artistic Director

Christopher is Artistic Director of Central School of Ballet, having studied as a dancer under the direction of Christopher Gable, and completed his Master’s Degree in Choreography at Central. As a dancer Chris has worked for Balletboyz, Gothenburg Ballet, Ballet Biarritz, Bern Ballet, Michael Clark Company and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures where he has danced many principal roles. During this time he has danced in works by choreographers such as William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian and Nacho Duato to name a few. His final performance was in 2017 with Ivan Putrov’s Men in Motion where he danced the Faun in Nijinsky’s L’Apres Midi d’un Faun.

The Critics Circle National Dance Awards nominated him for Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance two years running as well as being included in Dance Europe’s Outstanding Male Dancer 2013 list. As a choreographer he has created works for Ballet Black, Images of Dance, English National Ballet’s Emerging dancer competition, Regensburg Opera House and the Edinburgh festival. In London’s West-End Chris has choreographed McQueen The Play, Tell Me on a Sunday, Hotel Follies and he was the Associate Choreographer for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. He was named associate artist of the UK Foundation for Dance in 2009.

Management
Dr Jamieson Dryburgh Director of Higher Education Programmes
Iryna Pyzniuk Head of Studies
Elia Luyando Head of Senior School
Anna Brodrick Lead Physiotherapist & Head of Medical Department
Carolyn Braby Director of Finance & Operations
Debra Cougill Head of Widening Participation & Access
Philip Feeney Musical Director
Tutors
Julia Ellis Ladies’ Ballet Tutor
Linda Moran Ladies’ Ballet Tutor
Sarah Daultry Ladies’ Ballet Tutor
Nicky Henshall Ladies’ Ballet Tutor
Juan Rodriquez Ladies’ Ballet Tutor
Kate Lyons Ladies’ Ballet Tutor
Layla Harrison Ladies’ Ballet Tutor
Christopher Marney Men’s Ballet Tutor
Resmi Malko Men’s Ballet Tutor
Christopher Hinton-Lewis Men’s Ballet Tutor
Jacquie Biggs Jazz Tutor
Katie Deacon Jazz Tutor
Sherrill Wexler Spanish Tutor
Emma Flett Spanish Tutor
Leanne King Creative Projects Manager/Contemporary & Choreography Tutor
Emily Powell Contemporary Tutor
Mikaela Polley Contemporary Tutor
Renaud Wiser Contemporary Improvisation Tutor
Bim Malcomson Choreography Tutor
Amy Whittle Singing Tutor
Robert Perkins Drama Tutor
Lynn Jezzard Musical Theatre Tutor
Ballet Central
Elia Luyando Rehearsal Coach
Mikaela Polley Rehearsal Coach
Kate Lyons Rehearsal Coach
Evita Aslanidou Company Manager
Jessica Cabassa Wardrobe Manager
Student Support
Sarah van der Riet Physiotherapist
Sara Gallie Injury Presentation & Recovery/Pilates Tutor
Louisa Potter Pilates Tutor
Danielle Allan Massage Therapist
Britt Taiet-Foxell Psychologist
Carol Been Student Support & Receptionist
Learning Support
Natasha King Learning Development Manager
Simonne Stewart Study Skills Tutor
Jo Easton Study Skills Tutor
Deborah Groves Study Skills Tutor
Nova Matthias Study Skills Tutor
Daniel Taylor English Language Tutor
Administration Team
Eve Harris Facilities & IT Manager
Rita Adewole Finance Manager
Violet Adolphus Finance & Administration Officer
Josh Yeardley Senior School Manager
Heather Begbie Senior School Administrative Assistant
Jo Hurst Associate School Manager
Molly Rubin Widening Participation & Learning Resources Assistant
Laura Jones Development Manager
Leona Hayhoe Communications Officer
Jim Benson Reception Services
Charles Bonnah Reception Services
Gabriel Broadhurst Reception Services
Chika Ashby Reception Services
Sophie Field Reception Services
Elizeane dos Santos Reception Services
Brenda Ilyalla Reception Services
Kelly Ryan Reception Services
Consultants
Anita Hamilton Communications & Leadership Consultant
Kate Brooks Fundraising Consultant
Degree Course Pianists
Clinton Cormany
Grant Horley
Scott Howarth
Reina Okado
Neil Webster
Mark Webster
Valerie Jonikic
Oliver Davies
Mark Ball
Julie Bruce
Junior School & Associate Programme Tutors
Amy Laithwaite
Amy Giancarlo
Anna Zammit Lupi
Emily Powell
James Muller
Juan Rodriguez
Kate Webster
Kirsty Pritchard
Larissa Bamber
Liesl Dowsett
Lucy Lowndes
Philip Page
Sayaka Ichikawa
Zoe Epstein
Junior School & Associate Programme Pianists & Contemporary Musicians
Andrew Wass
Valerie Jonikic
Mark Webster
Matteo Ricordo
Ronen Kozokaro