Patrons & Trustees


Anya Sainsbury

Lady Sainsbury of Preston Candover, CBE

As Anya Linden, formerly Prima Ballerina of the Royal Ballet. Former Trustee of The Royal Opera House and Governor of The Royal Ballet School. Trustee of The Linbury Trust, and founder of the prestigious Linbury Prize for Stage Design. Currently Classical coach at Rambert School and The Royal Ballet School.

Robert Cohan

Robert Cohan CBE

Danced with the Martha Graham dance company for some twenty-five years. The next twenty-five years of his life were taken up with establishing the London Contemporary Dance Theatre. Can be argued to have established Contemporary Dance in Britain and is regarded as one of the most insightful, important and wise teachers and choreographers of the twenty and twenty-first centuries.


Richard Cooper, Chairman
Formerly a partner with Slaughter and May Solicitors. Trustee of The British School at Rome, and a Governor of Clifton College.

Rachel Avery
A tenant of Devereux Chambers and a lecturer and Honorary Fellow at Durham Law School where she teaches employment and commercial law.

Assis Carreiro MBE
Assis was for many years the Artistic Director and CE of DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse and is the former Artistic Director of Royal Ballet Flanders. She is currently Director for Culture for the Quebec Delegation in London, and a freelance Cultural Producer and Programmer.

David Cazalet
Co-founder of Information Risk Management, a leading expert in information security. He is responsible for a large portfolio of valued clients in the corporate space, identifying and driving business development and corporate strategy.

Hope Keelan
A Canadian who trained at The Royal Ballet School and is now the Assistant Ballet Principal at The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge. Hope previously taught Ballet at Rambert School for 15 years.

Holly Larrett
Formerly a senior executive in the finance industry providing investment advice to institutional investors, Holly has a practical understanding of how sustainability and business ethics relate to commercial success and the wider role of the corporate sector. Talented linguist with fluent Japanese. Currently a hedge fund director, a school governor and consults on corporate governance and sustainability issues.

Lesley Payne
Freelance consultant, writer, editor and project manager. Formerly Account Director for a major sponsorship company, creating, managing and communicating sponsorship programmes for corporate clients. She has worked for many cultural organisations including Arts Council England, Creative & Cultural Skills and the Society of London Theatre.

Michael Pender-Cudlip
Formerly a Principal in IMS Consulting Group, providing information and services to the global pharmaceutical industry. Michael was married to the late Charlotte Kirkpatrick, dancer and teacher of contemporary dance at Rambert School for many years.

Jane Pleydell-Bouverie
Initially a producer of arts documentaries and then producer of operas and ballets from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for BBC Television and Channel 4; formerly a  Governor of The Royal Ballet for 11 years and a Governor of the charity Live Music Now. Currently Festival Director of the Chalke Valley History Festival.

Katie Thorpe
A qualified Chartered Accountant, Katie has extensive experience across finance and accounting, valuation, audit, risk and internal controls, investor relations and general operations. Over the past five years Katie has held senior positions in both Operations and Finance at J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited, one of Britain’s most respected Investment Trusts.