The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee was established in August / September 2020 in order to oversee the formulation of institutional action plans as well as organisation-wide policies and procedures relating to equality and diversity. This Committee encourages and assists all departments in the integration and implementation of equality and diversity policies, procedures and plans, and monitors and evaluates their effectiveness. This Committee also maintains consultation and communication with all relevant groups and external bodies to advise on this work.

The first committee meeting was held at the end of September 2020. The Committee members include representatives from our staff as well as independent professional artists and several student representatives as well that rotate between meetings.

Committee membership

When recruiting Committee members, open calls are sent to members of salaried and hourly paid staff, students, and independent artists to invite them to join the committee by submitting an expression of interest. Following a meeting with one of the Committee's co-chairs (Michael “Mikey J” Asante and Catherine Ward), both of whom are members of our Board of Governors, selections are made assigning representatives who have an understanding, interest, and alignment with the work of the committee with extra attention paid to ensure inclusion of people with lived experiences of diversity and intersection.

Current Committee members are:

Senior Leadership and Management Team Representatives:

  • Holly Conneely, Director of Communications
  • Anna Helsby, Director of Registry and Student Well-Being
  • Laura Naldrett, Head of HR
  • Eddie Nixon, Artistic Director

LCDS Permanent Staff Representatives:

  • Archana Ballal, Mental Health Advisor
  • Thea Stanton, Lecturer in Dance: Unit Leader

Public Programmes Representatives:

  • Youcef Hadjazi, Projects Producer
  • Jessica Richards, Classes & Courses Programme Manager
  • Maria Ryan, Creative Learning Producer
  • Joseph Schofield, Theatre Programme Manager

Communications Team Representatives:

  • Eliza Treviño, Marketing Officer
  • Akshara Vasavada, Communications Coordinator (Student Recruitment)

Hourly Paid Staff Representatives:

  • Auris Delan, Musician/Accompanist
  • Bea Calzado Bidault, Guest Lecturer
  • Blodwyn Jenkins, Visitor Services Assistant

Independent Artist Representatives:

  • Annie Edwards
  • Ingrid Mackinnon
  • Adrian Falconer

Student Representatives: Various nominated students from across LCDS.

If you have any questions about this, please email the Committee secretary, Richard Lawrence-Allen