Shreela Ghosh (Chair)
After starting her 30-year career as an actor, Shreela held leadership positions in Dance, Visual Arts and Literature. She worked at Arts Council England, British Council and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation before going freelance and launching the Culture in Flux consultancy (2018/19). Shreela’s independent projects include a governance review of Without Walls and a report for Leeds 2023 on the development of Black and Asian Theatre in Britain. She was Jury member for the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award and facilitates cross cultural understanding through working with the Charles Wallace India Trust.
Ben Morton Wright
Born and raised in South-East London, Ben was diagnosed as dyslexic aged eight. He previously held posts at Liverpool John Moores University, Robert Gordon University, and Aberdeen University. Ben founded Global Philanthropic in 2002 in Hong Kong; it now operates in the UK, Australia, USA and Canada. As Group CEO, he specialises in higher education, Asian philanthropy, major gift strategy, brand/organisational development, and international campaigns. Ben has served as senior strategy consultant to the United Nations and the world’s top Universities. He advises private individuals, speaks on philanthropic issues, and co-authored ‘Talking Philanthropy, Volume 1’ (2017). Ben is a Member of Council for Goldsmiths, University of London.
Daden is a partner at Birketts LLP, specialising in dispute resolution. He is a graduate of the University of Surrey and it was whilst studying for his degree in Moscow that Daden developed an interest in dance. Since becoming a Trustee in 2011, Daden’s appreciation of, and enthusiasm for, dance in all its forms has continued to grow and he is constantly in awe of the creativity of the world class artists performing at the Jerwood DanceHouse. Daden also now experiences dance at the grassroots, community level as the father of a dance mad 8 year old daughter.
Fleur Derbyshire Fox
Isis is a dance artist from the East of England and London who attended DanceEast CAT from 11-18 and consequently became part of the National Youth Dance Company, before training at London Contemporary Dance School, where she acted as Student Representative. Her experiences have made her interested in all dance has to offer, from performing at festivals to physical theatre, to event planning and producing. She is committed to understanding how the arts changes so rapidly and reflecting that at DanceEast however that might manifest.
Lizzie Fargher trained as a dancer. She subsequently taught Cecchetti ballet for many years, during which time she also started and ran a successful retail business. She was invited to join the DanceEast Board way back in 2003 and has happy (fairly) memories of clambering round the shell of the DanceHouse in hard hat and steel toed boots during construction! She is married to Tim, an artist and sculptor. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
Magnus Spence is a data and consulting business entrepreneur, specialising in the investment industry. He is a graduate of The London School of Economics. He and his family moved to Woodbridge in Suffolk in 2003. He became a Trustee of DanceEast in 2019 and now sits on the Finance Committee. His interest in dance has been inspired by visits to performances at the Jerwood Dancehouse over many years. His dance education still has a long way to go, but he is very much enjoying the journey.
My career and background are in Arts Development, Youth and Community Work, and Education where I taught Art and Textiles. My involvement in dance goes back many years and includes working with Suffolk Dance (the precursor to DanceEast); organising community workshops; and as a parent, as both my daughters have extensive dance training and careers in Dance. I am delighted to be connected with DanceEast and aim to bring my extensive experience of community participation and formal education to my role as Trustee.
Sarah served as a lay member of DanceEast’s finance subcommittee for a number of years before becoming a Trustee in 2021. Sarah’s background is in finance and she has spent much of her professional working life in Ipswich and the surrounding areas. Sarah is passionate about community and providing opportunities to those within it. Though not from a dance background, serving as a finance Trustee allows her to combine an enthusiasm for dance with the skills from her profession.