Meet The Trustees
Now retired, Coleen feels lucky to have had a wonderful and varied career. She had a passion for dance from an early age which led her to study it in teachers' training college alongside music and education. Beginning in mainstream education, she became an advisory dance teacher working in schools and colleges. Coleen also worked in community dance, and choreographed for youth dance and theatre companies.
Coleen believes creative and expressive arts are an essential part of education, a philosophy she shall trust in always.
Sue is a retired head teacher who has always championed the arts. Throughout her career she has promoted the arts as a vehicle for delivering many aspects of the curriculum, but also for the pleasure gained by participants. As well as being on NEW Dance’s Board of Trustees, she is a trustee of Cartref Ni, a north Wales based charity which enables people with learning disabilities to enjoy supported living in the community.
She is also Chair of the Flintshire (Optec) Japanese Youth Exchange.
Jenny has had a varied career from being a musical instrument repairer and falconry hood maker to a graphic designer but her most long term role in life has been as one of the founders of The Patchwork Traditional Food Company. Taking this company over 36 years, from a partnership on the kitchen table to a factory employing 30 people. Through this role she has gained an extensive knowledge of all aspects of running a business. It is this knowledge that is invaluable to her position on the NEW Dance Board.
She has an honours degree in Psychology and also sits as a trustee for South Clwyd Beekeepers Association.
Ceri is an Independent Arts Manager with specialisms in audience development and dance.
Her current portfolio includes Anjali Dance Company, ATMA Dance, Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah, IOU Theatre Company, Made by Katie Green and Stuff & Nonsense Theatre Company.
Gwenno is a fluent first language Welsh speaker, and has over twenty years' experience specialising mainly within arts engagement. She has worked for various arts organisations, including Oriel Mostyn in Llandudno and Theatr Clwyd in Mold, as a member of their education and engagement departments which led her to become a Local Government cultural leader, which is where her passion for using creativity for social benefit evolved.
Within her role as Arts, Culture and Events Manager at Flintshire County Council, Gwenno worked with colleagues across Wales to develop large scale arts and education projects that had real impact on those who took part.
Gwenno is currently Co-Chair of the National Arts and Education Network for Wales and a freelance creative consultant.
Christine has been involved with theatre performance and directing for many years including 15 years as Artistic Director for Theatr yr Ifanc/Rhos 1990 Youth Theatre based at the Stiwt Theatre, Wrexham. She has directed for Tip Top Productions, Chester; Grove Park Little Theatre, Wrexham; 20 Club Players, Llangollen and Suitcase Theatre, Mold.
Her professional role has been within management and fundraising for both the Civil Service, and voluntary organisations, and she is currently Grants and Trust Officer for Nightingale House Hospice. She has been involved with the International Eisteddfod, Llangollen for 60 years and has written the Peace Message for the past four years working with schools in Wrexham and Denbighshire.