Photo: Brian Slater



Dame Ninette de Valois OM CH DBE

Artistic Director

Christopher Powney


Chairman The Duchess of Wellington OBE

Deputy Chair Ricki Gail Conway

Deputy Chair Madeleine Plaut

Governor Emeritus The Lady Sainsbury CBE*

Suneel Bakhshi

Jonathan Chenevix-Trench

Jonathan Cope* CBE

Sarah Dorfman

Clarissa Farr

David Fletcher

Candida Hurst-Brown

Janet Lambert

Professor Margaret Maden

Menna McGregor

Kevin O’Hare*

Dr Stephen Spurr

Kenneth Steele


Senior staff

Chief Operating Officer

Alan Winter

Academic and Pastoral Principal
Karen Davies

Assistant Principal Pastoral and Welfare
Jill Tait-Harris

Head of Outreach and Access
Mark Annear

Head of Development & Communications
Sarah Eliot-Cohen

Head of Finance and Administration
Katherine Gardiner

Advisory Council

David Bintley CBE*

Darcey Bussell CBE*

Felicity Clark*

Sir Anthony Dowell CBE*

Dame Antoinette Sibley DBE*

Sir Peter Wright CBE*

Ballet teachers
Covent Garden

Jay Jolley* – Artistic Teacher & Programme Manager

Nicola Tranah*

Daria Klimentová

Anita Young*

Paul Lewis

* Danced with The Royal Ballet and/or Birmingham Royal Ballet (formerly Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet)